What Does The Bible Say About Divorce?

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Today, there are more people getting divorced than ever before.

According to the American Psychological Association, the divorce rate for American couples is about 40-50%.

With so many people getting divorced, it’s important to know what the Bible says about divorce.

Before we dive into the subject of divorce in the Bible, we need a biblical understanding of marriage.

Related: What Does The Bible Say About Marriage?

What Does The Bible Say About Marriage?

Marriage was proposed by God and created by God for man. 

Marriage is a lifetime covenant between a husband and wife. 

When someone gets married, the Bible says they are no longer two bodies; they become one. 

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:6

The Gospel Gain team has written more about what the Bible says about marriage, be sure to check it out!

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What Does The Bible Say About Divorce?

Firstly, no matter what stance one takes with regards to divorce, one thing to remember is what Scripture says in Malachi 2:16, 

“For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”

Malachi 2:16

Also, Scripture tells us in Matthew 19:6,

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:6

Jesus also says this, 

“Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.”

Matthew 5:31-32

It’s very clear that divorce is prohibited except for in the case of adultery. 

Divorces are human-made; it never comes from the hands of God. 

So if you are heading towards divorce, don’t take immediate action. 

Pray, wait for God and try to forgive your partner. 

God can work on your broken marriage life and can build upon it.

If you need additional help with your marriage, Equipping Godly Women has great resources like Closer Marriage Conversation Cards and prayer cards!

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