What Does the KJV Bible Say About Divorce & Marriage Vows?


The King James Bible is the word of God; therefore, it should have the final authority over every decision we Christians make. When the Bible governs our choices, God is ruling our lives. The problem is however, many Christians are taking biblical authority out of their lives, causing them to do some things that do not honor God, like divorce.

There are many bible verses about divorce in the KJV to explore; only three are used below. Each verse serves a purpose. The first, Malachi 2:15-16, reveals what God thinks about it; the second, Numbers 30:2-4, reveals how we should think about it; and the third, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11, reveals what action to take if it should ever happen to us.

Divorce is a controversial topic, and it is misunderstood by almost every contemporary Christian. So many people believe under certain circumstances that it’s okay for them to put away their spouses. Professing Christians have even resulted to twisting and misapplying Scripture to support their divorce.

When men wrest Scripture, God is never honored, and it always has disastrous effects. Countless lives are damaged every day by divorce. The truth is perverted, and professing Christians who commit this ungodly act give all Christians everywhere a bad name.

The Bible says God hates divorce in Malachi 2:16. So anyone who tries to use God to support a legal separation from their spouse is misrepresenting the LORD.

Malachi 2:15-16: And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Does the Bible ever teach that divorce is God’s will?

Many Christians today are looking for some loophole that allows them to get out of their marriage. However, does the Bible afford such an escape?

When a Christian says “I do,” he says it before God and man in agreeance to enter into lifelong holy matrimony. The day I agreed to marry my wife, I agreed to stay married to her till death should separate us. God takes vows very seriously, and so should we.

Numbers 30:2-4: If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth; 4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

It’s clear that any Christian who binds his soul with a bond “shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.” In other words, he is not allowed to take it back until his oath is fulfilled. The same applies to women. If her father (or someone in his place) gives her to be wed, then “every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.”

The Bible is very clear that God hates putting away.  So, if God hates divorce, why would He ever condone it? It’s also very clear that He wants us to keep our promises.

If we walk with God, divorce is never an option.

There is a command from the Lord Himself that forbids a Christian wife from departing from her husband. This command is also applicable for men who are thinking about leaving their wives.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11: And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband, 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

If a Christian gets out of fellowship with God and divorces, life is going to have more challenges than before. This is why the Bible says to be reconciled. People aren’t meant to be alone, but divorced Christians are not permitted to take another spouse.

God’s divine blessing is not upon Christians who choose divorce, but rather His chastisement. Christians don’t just wake up one day and want a divorce; it happens over a time of getting away from God.

In addition to chastisement, divorce also has devastating affects upon children. Families aren’t meant to split up. God’s design is a husband and wife joined together till death. A warped view of the family is produced when people go against His design.

Marriage IS For Life

The Bible does not allow Christians to divorce at all. It’s that simple; Christians do not put away their spouses. We make vows on our wedding day, and one of those is till death do us part. Death is what separates us.

Many people try to find biblical support for their treachery, but they have to do harm to the word of God. We need more Believers to go into marriage with the mindset that it’s for life. If we start thinking the way God does about marriage, we will be more careful who we marry, resulting in less divorces. We will develop character qualities that honor God and make us marriage worthy. It will even prevent a lot of mental and emotional trauma in the lives of victims to this evil.

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12 thoughts on “What Does the KJV Bible Say About Divorce & Marriage Vows?”

  1. Ok, will God forgive a man and a woman for Adultery, and if they were saved before the marriage and the divorce will God forgive them and let them go to Heaven when they die.

    • Yes, we are saved by grace, not works. When a man sins after salvation, he loses fellowship not salvation. God’s gift of salvation is eternal – meaning it can’t be lost.

        • Marriage is a holy covenant that is only broken by hard hearts. There are many types of abuse, and there are different degrees of each; I take it you mean physical with evil intent. If you’re in this situation, seek wise help and protect yourself.

      • Ehp 2:8-9 You cannot loose salvation, because if you could, it would make God a lair, who cannot lie. God gives us “eternal life.” So one must ask, what does eternal mean? It means forever. God does not want us to sin. He does not give us a “Fire Insurance” policy. If we love Him, we want to trust, rely, and seek His face, His grace, and His will. As we all should know, “all things work together for good. Question is, what is his will and are we willing to live it? He will give you the grace freely to live through anything, just trust Him as you did upon your salvation. Godspeed.

  2. My question is, what if one spouse continuously breaks the marriage vows. Lying, cheating, substance abuse, not taking care of the needs of his family-financially and spiritually. Is divorce still not an option in the eyes of the Lord? I understand til death do us part, but at what point does the wife have the right to walk away to find someone better who will be better?

    How do I pray that my heart and my mind soften for this man who is disrespecting someone I love very much. She has asked me to pray for Wisdom for her and pray for her family which I have and will continue to do but I am angry and frustrated that she is the only one trying in this relationship and the only one willing to put in the work. He will not and does not take any steps to get help or strengthen their marriage.

    • This is a difficult question, and it is hard to give a biblical answer void of my feelings without more info. One reason of this is there are laws given to Believers by Jesus Christ Himself that I believe we should follow. Jesus seemed to allow divorce for fornication, which indicates more than premarital immorality. Paul allowed it, but only if an unbeliever wanted to leave a Believer. I hope this helps, and I pray your friends find peace with and from God.

  3. My Wife Want’s a Divorce. I don’t we have Been Married about 16 Years. And been together for 22 & 1/2 years. We Have a 15 year old Daughter. This is Breaking my Heart and I don’t know what to Do? I took my Vows Serious. I’ve cried out to God and Jesus to Change My Wife’s mind. What can I Do. Please help me. The Emotional Pain hurts so Very Bad. Please pray for me my Wife and my Daughter. I ask God in Jesus Holy Name to Bless you for your Prayers AMEN!!!

  4. So, if the wife tells you that she wants a divorce bc you’re not on the same path and she can’t handle how the husband talks bc she wasn’t raised that way. Says she isn’t happy, but has never tried to ask the husband for counseling or ask him to get help and then the husband asks her, the day she purposes divorce, what can be do to make things work with the wife telling him, she doesn’t think there is anything. Does this still make the husband wrong for having to divorce his wife that she proposed?

    • The Pharisees tempted Jesus with the divorce for every cause issue. Here is Jesus’ answer: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:3-6

      I pray you can get back to where you once were in your marriage for God’s glory.

  5. Hi Travis. What if a person was married and divorced BEfore they were saved? Is the sin forgiven and the new believer is given a clean slate or would remarriage to another Christian still be adultery against the husband/wife of their unsaved lives? always been some thing that’s confuse me, thanks!

    • Yes, God forgives; otherwise, that person could not go to Heaven. I believe Christians should only marry Christians. There are a couple examples in Scripture allowing divorce for good reason that may carry no judgment.

      Now to be more precise, we see example in Scripture were God’s men take virgins for wives, or wives of deceased ministers. Therefore, they would not take a divorced spouse.

      HOWEVER, there is permission under Moses’ law that granted men to marry divorced women.

      Therefore, taking a divorced spouse is between you and God.

      Thanks for your question


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