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

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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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3 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.

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