Jehovah, the God of Israel, says that He hates putting away, “For one covers wrong1 with his garment,” says Jehovah of Hosts, “therefore take heed to your spirit that you deal not treacherously.” Malachi 2:16

...  “Have you not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female and said: ‘For this cause a man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and they two shall be one flesh?’ Therefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Matthew 19:4-6


The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives, but if her husband is dead she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord2. 1 Corinthians 7:39

... Unto the married Jehovah commands (not I), “Let the wife not depart from her husband. But if she departs, let her remain unmarried or reconciled to her husband: And don’t let the husband put away his wife.” 1 Corin 7:10-11

Whoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery and whoever marries her that is put away from her husband commits adultery. Luke 16:18

2nd witness
Whoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman puts away her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. Mark 10:11-12

#1. Uncleanness.
When a man takes a wife and marries her and it happens that she doesn’t find favor in his eyes because he found some uncleanness in her:

Uncleanness Defined:... I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found she wasn’t a maid3. ... Deuteronomy 22:14b

Then let him write a bill of divorcement and give it to her and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house she may go and be another man's wife. And if the latter husband hate her and write her a bill of divorcement ... and sends her out of his house; or if the latter husband dies that took her to wife, her former husband (that sent her away) may not take her as wife again after she is defiled; for that is abomination before Jehovah Deut 24:1-4

#2. Harlotry.
Whoever puts his wife away causes her to commit adultery and whoever marries her that is divorced commits adultery, except in the case of fornication4,. Matt 5:32

2nd witness  And I say to you, Whoever shall put away his wife (except it be for fornication) and shall marry another commits adultery; and whoever marries her that is put away commits adultery. Matt 19:9


Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, “You shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods:” Solomon clave unto these in love.... and his wives turned away his heart. 1 Kings 11:2-3b

... “We have trespassed against our God and have taken strange wives of the people of the land ... Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and such as are born of them according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God. And let it be done according to the law.” Ezra 10:2-3

... And Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have sinned and taken strange wives ... Now therefore make confession unto Jehovah, God of your fathers, and do His pleasure: Separate yourselves from the people of the land and from the strange wives.” Ezra 10:10-11
And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month. Ezra 10:16a-17

EXCEPTION under the New Covenant:
...To the rest I speak (not the Lord). if any brother has a wife that doesn’t believe and she’s pleased to dwell with him, let him not leave her. And the woman that has a husband that doesn’t believe, but he’s pleased to stay with, let her not leave him.
However; if the unbeliever departs, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such case, but God has called us to peace. 1 Corin 7:12-13,15

Marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled: But God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. Hebrews 13:4

1. violence; by implication wrong; Strong's 2. To one born of the Holy Spirit 3. virginity; by implication Strong's 4. harlotry (including adultery and incest); Strong's