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Bible verses about divorce.

It is important that we understand what the Bible says about this topic. If you or someone you know is going through a divorce, it can be helpful to have guidance from the Word of God. In this blog post, we will be exploring 10 Bible verses about divorce. They are not for condemnation, but for freedom in God's word. Our Father gets it, He holds the importance of a marriage bond close to His heart, He hates when sin breaks something sacred and He wants both males and females to honour each other always. We need you to sit in each of these scriptures and let God speak - so take this time to feel God's love, His understanding of your pain or His to challenge to you.


  • Malachi 2:16 - "For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one's garment with violence." Your Father hates what you are going through. He loves you, He sees you and he hates the pain coming from whatever sin has caused your divorce.

  • Matthew 5:32 - "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery." It comes down to respect. God is asking us to respect our husband or wives and in this verse He is trying to show us how far the disrespect goes when someone's sin gets in the way of a marriage.

  • Matthew 19:4-6 - "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.'" Marriage is a sacred bond.

  • Mark 10:9 - "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Say it again and again and again for the people in the back. When you are tempted or low say it again. This is a promise from our Abba Father and promises are our armour, so say it again and again.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 - "Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife." These verses are often the go to bible bashing verses, so firstly let us say it - abuse is not tolerated under your Father's reign, this verse is not to condemn you, it is always to be read and interpreted in love.

  • 1 Corinthians 7:15 - "But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace." This verse acknowledges that divorce may be necessary in certain circumstances, but emphasizes that peace should always be sought.

  • Ephesians 5:22-33 - "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." This passage highlights the importance of mutual love and respect in marriage.

  • 1 Peter 3:7 - "Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered." This verse emphasizes the importance of understanding and honoring our spouses.

  • Hebrews 13:4 - "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge."

  • Hosea 2:19 - "I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy." While not specifically about divorce, this verse highlights the love and commitment that God has for us and reminds us of the importance of love and commitment in our own relationships.


Divorce is a difficult and painful topic to discuss, but as Christians, it is important that we understand what the Bible says about it. These 10 Bible verses about divorce remind us of the importance of love, commitment, and reconciliation in all of our relationships. While divorce is necessary in certain circumstances, it is always our hope and prayer that marriage can be restored.


Reflection Questions

How do you balance the tension between personal convictions, others convictions and what may be best for a marriage when divorce is being discussed?

What does God say about divorce through these passengers?

In what situations is divorce permissible according to Biblical teachings?


Don't forget to comment your favourite verses in the comment section on this topic!

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