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Jesus’s View on Divorce 耶稣对离婚的看法(Mt 太 19:3-6)

By Ling-Ling Shih ©Ling-Ling & Company

马太福音(Matthew) 19:3-6

Jesus’s View on Divorce 耶稣对离婚的看法

Mt 太 19:3-6

Scripture: Matthew 19:3-6

经文:马太福音19:3-6

有法利赛人来试探耶稣说,人无论什么缘故,都可以休妻吗。

有 法 利 賽 人 來 試 探 耶 穌 說 , 人 無 論 甚 麼 緣 故 , 都 可 以 休 妻 嗎 。(和合本)

yǒu fǎlìsàirén lái shìtan yēsū shuō, rén wúlùn shénme yuángù , dōu kěyǐ  xiū qī ma
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

19:4

耶稣回答说,那起初造人的,是造男造女,
耶 穌 回 答 說 , 那 起 初 造 人 的 , 是 造 男 造 女 ,

yēsū huídá shuō , nà qǐchū zào rén de , shì zào nán zào nǚ ,

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’

19:5
并且说,因此,人要离开父母,与妻子连合,二人成为一体。这经你们没有念过吗。

並 且 說 , 『 因 此 , 人 要 離 開 父 母 , 與 妻 子 連 合 , 二 人 成 為 一 體 。 』 這 經 你 們 沒 有 念 過 嗎?

bìngqiě shuō , yīncǐ , rén yāo líkāi fùmǔ , yǔ qīzi lián hé , èr rén chéngwéi yī tǐ . zhè jīng nǐmen méiyǒu niàn guò ma ?

And said, For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and be united to his wife: and the two  will become one flesh’?

Vocabulary 生詞:

Click on the highlighted for a list of related vocabulary, recorded stroke order and pronunciation.


法利赛人 fǎlìsàirén: Pharisee

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法利賽人

法利赛人

sài rén

Pharisee

试探shìtan: test

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試探

试探

shì tàn

 to probe; to test

耶稣yēsū: Jesus

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耶穌

耶稣

Jesus

说shuō: speak, say

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shuì

persuade (politically)

shuō

to speak; to say

人rén: people

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rén

man; person; people

无论wúlùn: no matter, regardless

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無論

无论

lùn

no matter what|how; regardless of whether…

什么shénme: what

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什麼

什么

shén me

what?; who?; something; anything

缘故yuángù: reason, cause

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緣故

缘故

yuán

reason; cause

都dōu: all

rad.

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dōu

all; both (if two things are involved); entirely (due to)each; even; already

(surname); metropolis; capital city

可以kěyǐ: can, may

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可以

can; may; possible; able to

休妻xiū qī: divorce a wife (old usage)– now we say, “离婚“(líhūn)

Character

Radical/Stroke

Total Strokes

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English Def.

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人 + 4

6

xiu1

rest, stop; retire; do not!

女 + 5

8

qi1 qi4

wife

回答huídá: reply

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English

回答

huí

reply; answer

起初qǐchū: at the beginning

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起初

chū

originally; at first; at the outset

造zào: make

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zào

to make; to build; to invent; to manufacture

男nán: male

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nán

male

女nǚ : female

rad.

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English

female; woman

并且bìngqiě: and; moreover

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並且

并且

bìng qiě

and; besides; moreover; furthermore; in addition

因此 yīncǐ: therefore

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因此

yīn

that is why; for that reason; therefore; for this reason

要yào: have to, need

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yāo

want, need, demand; ask; request

yào

important; vital; to want; to be going to; must

离开líkāi : leave

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English

離開

离开

kāi

to depart; to leave

父母fùmǔ: parents

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父母

father and mother; parents

与…连合yǔ … lián hé: to be united with

Character

Radical/Stroke

Total Strokes

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English Def.

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一 + 3

4

yu3 yu4 yu2

and; with; to; for; give, grant

Trad.: 與

辵 + 4

7

lian2

join, connect; continuous; even

Trad.: 連

口 + 3

6

he2 ge3

combine, unite, join; gather

妻子Qīzi: wife

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妻子

zi

wife

成为chéngwéi: become

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成為

成为

chéng wéi

to become; to turn into

一体yī tǐ: one body

Character

Radical/Stroke

Total Strokes

Pinyin

English Def.

Variants

一 + 0

1

yi1

one

人 + 5

7

ti3 ti1

body; group, class, body, unit;

Trad.: 體

经jīng: classic, scripture

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jīng

classics; sacred book; pass through; to undergo; scripture

你们nǐmen: you (plural)

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English

你們

你们

men

you (plural)

念 niàn: read

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niàn

read aloud

niàn

to read aloud

过 guò: (used after a verb) have the experienced of something

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guò

(experienced action marker); to cross; to go over; to pass (time); to celebrate (a holiday); to live; to get along; (surname); excessively; too-

念过: have ever read

Reflection 感想:

Dear readers,

It has been a long while since I made my last lesson.  I have to apologize for taking so long to get back to this.  I decided not to insert captions in my Youtube videos from now on, because it takes a lot of time to put in the caption into a video.  That way I won’t be intimidated by the enormous time it takes to create a video with captions and can have more time to create more lessons for you.  However, the deletion of caption would not hamper your learning since you can still have access to my written content for each lesson through this website.

This lesson is about Jesus’ view on divorce. Everyone who has undergone divorce knows that it is a challenging period to go through.  As the societal values change, divorce has become commonplace in many countries.  However, no one has walked into a marriage thinking that he or she may become one of the statistics.  The wheels of time are irreversible and when things happening in your life are beyond your control, you have no choice but move forward.

The common occurrence of divorce has made it more acceptable among people but it has not made it so in God’s eyes.  When asked by Pharisees, whether a man can divorce his wife under any circumstances, Jesus replied,

“Haven’t you read…that at the beginning the creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? what God has joined together, let men not separate” (Matthew 13: 6).

In no uncertain terms, he expressed his strong objection to divorce: “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19: 9).

You may have many other “legitimate” reasons to divorce your spouse, but Jesus adamantly admonished that marital unfaithfulness should be the only ground for divorce!  Not the ember of romantic love for one another.  Not your unfulfilled physical needs.  Not unmet emotional needs.  Not irreconcilable personality compatibility…

In Corinthians 7: 10, Apostle Paul writes, “To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord):  A wife must not separate from her husband.  But if she does, she must remain unmarried.  And a husband must not divorce his wife.”

The conjugal bond, in God’s view, is sacred and should not be separated willfully by either spouse.  It hurts so much when marriage breaks up, for God intends for them to stay together until death does them apart.  When man and woman come together through the most intimate relationship, they become one flesh.  It hurts so much when one flesh has to be torn apart through separation or divorce.  The physical bonding is meant for wife and husband–They join together and become ONE.  That is why it can cause so much pain when an intimately committed relationship breaks up and not end in permanent conjugal bond.  Shouldn’t we take our relationship with the opposite sex more seriously?

God admonishes us not to divorce; however, According to Corinthians 7: 15, in certain circumstances divorce is acceptable:

“But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so.  A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. “

God has called us to live in peace, if the unbeliever chooses to leave.  He wants us to come to terms with what has happened and move on with our lives.  “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3: 13-14).  Things can happen to us beyond our control.  We can only trust our lives in God’s hands.  We don’t want to wallow ourselves in self-pity and other negative emotions, because we believe that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8: 28).

Marital problems are more than a mere result of physically growing apart from one another.  The cause goes even deeper than that—The fundamental problem lies in disconnectedness in the spiritual realm– from God and from one another.

Marriage will thrive only if both are truly in tune with God and one another.  Without a deep relationship with God, it is hard to have an unselfish loving relationship with one another.  If we firmly plant ourselves in God’s soil, our love with others will flourish.  Human love is limited and superficial, but when we draw our strength from God, our father, through Jesus Christ, we are able to love in a way that surpasses human limitations.

Divorce would never happen if things are going as what they are supposed to be.  I pray that God will grant wisdom to all of us who are experiencing this painful experience and continue to strengthen our bond with Him.  No matter where we are in life, we admit that we are all sinners.  We come to God and humbly ask for forgiveness.  He promises “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1: 9).

I want to start a new chapter in my life by responding to God’s call for a holy life:

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holly’” (1 Peter 1: 13-16).

It is certainly a tall call to be holy as God is.  But “with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect,” we can be “redeemed from the empty way of life” (1 Peter 1: 18-19).  And we “have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1: 24).

May the living and enduring word of God transform our life, our thoughts, and guide our actions.

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7 comments on “Jesus’s View on Divorce 耶稣对离婚的看法(Mt 太 19:3-6)

  1. Dear Ling-ling I have sent a copy of Great China 1 to West Michigan Univ
    Chinese department, I have other books of poetry as well. I am now preparing a verse translation of the Analects and then later will continue with Great China 2, also faith poetry, Saint John 550 and Saint Mary 100 — my idea was to make easy to read poems for people in China to read and enjoy, God bless and all be well, from Stean

  2. Just found your excellent teaching materials for learning Mandarin vocabulary from Bible just what I was looking for. please put some prayers on the site — Ave Maria, Lord’s Prayer, Te Deum in Mandarin. I have published a translation of Ancient Chinese poetry Great China 1 Yamaguchi Shoten Kyoto and I would be glad to send you a copy. well done, please continue with this if you can Stean Anthony

    • Hi Stean,

      Thank you for your nice comment. It would be nice to receive a copy of your translation work. What is your email address? I will give you my work mailing address. Thanks,

  3. I have been at your site for more than 12 hours, since 4.00am this morning – still trying to grasp this Mandarin language – hopefully I will be able to have a few thousand words in my vocab in a few months time!! I mix around with Mandarin speaking people, but do not know how to communicate with them!!
    Pray that I will be able to minister in a few weeks time!!

  4. Phew, I saw that your domain is down, but am glad your blog is still here!

  5. Wow I’m so glad to have found this site and I look forward to exploring the lessons!!!!! I’ve been eager to learn Chinese but I want to do so in a spiritual context. I actually typed “learn bible verses in Chinese” in Google and this was the first option!!

    • Hi Stephanistaa,

      Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your comment. My life is so busy, and I am not quite sure if I will have time to do more videos the following few months, since I have to teach every single week day. Hopefully, someday I will have free time to get back to this.

      May God bless you in all that you do!

      Ling-Ling

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