|In the Old Testament, in the Torah to
be exact, Moses makes it clear that a man may divorce his wife because
of her "indecency".
|Deut 24:1 "When a
man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor
in his eyes because he has found some indecency
in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce
and puts [it] in her hand and sends her out from his house...
This "indecency" is NOT adultery, because
the penalty for adultery, under the Law (Torah) was DEATH!
Therefore, this indecency was some kind
of sexual sin LESS than the act of adultery itself!
...the adulterer and the adulteress
shall surely be put to death. (Lev 20:10)
If a man is found lying with a
married woman, then both of them shall die... (Deut 22:22)
...Teacher, this woman has been caught in
adultery , in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to
stone such women... (John 8:4-5)
|We see this same rule applied to divorce
in the New Testament.
5:32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except
for [the] cause of unchastity, makes her
commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
19: 9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for
and marries another woman commits adultery."
|We see another allowance for divorce in
the New Testament.
|1 Cor 7:12 But to
the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an
unbeliever , and she consents to live with him, let him not send
her away. 13 And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and
he consents to live with her, let her not send her husband
away. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through
his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing
husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.
15 Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother
or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called
us to peace. 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will
save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save
We see here that if we are already married
to an unbeliever, and THEY leave US, we are no longer bound to them.
|These two are the only grounds for divorce
that this author has found in God's Word. If you have found others,
kindly e-mail me
with the references so they may be included here as well.
#3748 kerithuth - translated "divorce" 4 times
#6172. ervah (788d); from 06168 ; nakedness :-- bare(1), indecency(1),
shame(m)(1), undefended parts(m)(2).
#4202. porneia, aV porneia; from 4203 ; fornication :-- fornication(4),
immorality(16), sexual immorality(m)(1), unchastity(1).