31. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away
his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. Moses commanded that
if a man hated his wife, he should be separated from her lest anything worse
occur." For if he hated her, he might kill her. Moses also commanded that
the husband give the divorced woman a writing of divorcement. By this writing
she could no longer return to him, thus preventing the confusion that would
result if she did so and he was now living with another woman.
32. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall
put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit
adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth
adultery. Christ does not abolish the Mosaic decrees but corrects them by
making the husband fearful of hating his wife without cause. If he divorces her
with good cause, that is, if she has committed adultery, he is not condemned.
But if there has been no fornication, he is condemned, for by divorcing her he
compels her to commit adultery. And he that takes her is also an adulterer, for
if he had not taken her she would have returned and submitted to her husband.
For a Christian must be a peacemaker, both towards others and even more so
towards his own wife.
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