Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
Does the Bible ever permit divorce?
The Scriptural account of God making a suitable companion for Adam concludes with the statement, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). This speaks clearly of lifelong fidelity.
The first instructions regarding divorce came under the leadership of Moses.
"When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, 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 giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance" (Deuteronomy 24:1-4).
This Scripture taken by itself might be understood as giving sanction to divorce -- that it is all right. We will note shortly, however, that God says He hates divorce. When we look at the above Scripture with this in view, we can acknowledge that it does not say divorce is all right. It prescribes some regulations for divorce: