3Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause? 4He answered, Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5and 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? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. 7They said to him, Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her? 8He said to them, It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery. 10His disciples said to him, If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry. 11But he said to them, Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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