Dec 2

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland

Malachi 2:16
KJV—For the Lord, the God of Israel,
saith that he hateth putting away.

NIV—“I hate divorce,” says the Lord God
of Israel.

Amp—For the Lord, the God of Israel,
says: I hate divorce and marital separation.

Matthew 19:3-6
NKJV—The Pharisees also came to Him,
testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful
for a man to divorce his wife for just
any reason?” And He answered and said
to them, “Have you not read that He who
made them at the beginning ‘made them
male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason
a man shall leave his father and mother and
be joined to his wife, and the two shall become
one flesh’? So then, they are no longer
two but one flesh. Therefore what God has
joined together, let not man separate.”

NIV—Some Pharisees came to him to test
him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to
divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the
beginning the Creator ‘made them male and
female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will
leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and the two will become one
flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one.
Therefore what God has joined together, let
man not separate.”

Weymouth—Then came some of the
Pharisees to Him to put Him to the proof by
the question, “Has a man a right to divorce
his wife for any sort of reason?” “Have you
not read,” He replied, “that He who made
them ‘made them’ from the beginning ‘male
and female,’ and said, ‘for this reason a
man shall leave his father and mother and
cling to his wife, and the two shall be one’?
Thus they are no longer two, but one. What
therefore God has joined together, let not
man separate.”

1 Corinthians 7:10-13, 15-16

KJV—And unto the married I command,
yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife
depart from her husband: But and if she
depart, let her remain unmarried, or be
reconciled to her husband: and let not
the husband put away his wife. But to the
rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother
hath a wife that believeth not, and she be
pleased to dwell with him, let him not put
her away. And the woman which hath an
husband that believeth not, and if he be
pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave
him….

But if the unbelieving depart, let him
depart. A brother or a sister is not under
bondage in such cases: but God hath called
us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife,
whether thou shalt save thy husband? or
how knowest thou, O man, whether thou
shalt save thy wife?

NIV—To the married I give this command
(not I, but the Lord): A wife must
not separate from her husband. But if she
does, she must remain unmarried or else
be reconciled to her husband. And a husband
must not divorce his wife. To the rest
I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother
has a wife who is not a believer and she
is willing to live with him, he must not divorce
her. And if a woman has a husband
who is not a believer and he is willing to
live with her, she must not divorce him….
But if the unbeliever leaves, let him
do so. A believing man or woman is not
bound in such circumstances; God has
called us to live in peace. How do you
know, wife, whether you will save your
husband? Or, how do you know, husband,
whether you will save your wife?

Amp—But to the married [people] I give
charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife is
not to separate from her husband. But if
she does [separate from and divorce him],
let her remain single or else be reconciled
to her husband. And [I charge] the husband
[also] that he should not put away
or divorce his wife. To the rest I declare,
I, not the Lord [for Jesus did not discuss
this], that if any brother has a wife who
does not believe [on Christ], and she consents
to live with him, he should not leave
or divorce her. And if any woman has an
unbelieving husband, and he consents to
live with her, she should not leave or divorce
him….

But if the unbelieving partner [actually]
leaves, let him do so; in such [cases
the remaining] brother or sister is not
morally bound. But God has called us
to peace. For, wife, how can you be sure
of converting and saving your husband?
Husband, how can you be sure of converting
and saving your wife?

Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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