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Can A Woman Divorce

Exactly where in Scripture does it say that a woman is permitted to divorce her husband?

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 ---mima on 10/17/06
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Jesus prohibited divorce except for adultery, that included lying about ones virginity. The non adulterer could remarry. The adulterer, and anyone marrying one, is entering a prohibited marriage. A divorce without cause, was no divorce, and so, another marriage was a type of bigamy. The exception is in 1Corinthians 7:15. If the unbeliever departs, the Christian can remarry because the marriage was not 'in the Lord'. Matthew 19:9, 1Corinthians 7:27-28 allow remarriage.
Deuteronomy 22:17-19, 28-29, 24:1-4, Proverbs 2:17 (forsaketh husband), Isaiah 54:4-8, Jeremiah 3:1, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Luke 16:18, 1Corinthians 6:15-16, 7:10-17, 27.
---Glenn on 8/16/09

We should always try to keep marriage together-but in extreme cases such as physical abuse--you must protect yourself. The issue then becomes most likely if you can have a new relationship or not. I beleive the Word says no! If your spouse dies, then yes...if not...stay single and service Lord or seek the help needed to make reconciliation with your mate possible.
---jeff on 1/31/08

mi ma, exactly where in scripture does it say if your husband is physically abusing you, terrorizing you with a gun, you should not divorce him? Actually, I took the abuse month after month until one day God looked down and said, "She's had enough abuse" and my own husband called 911 and had himself arrested. Why should a woman take abuse from a man? Especially when God steps in and removes the husband from the house like He did with mine.
---Donna9759 on 1/30/08

I would point out that Jews did not permit divorce for adultery, that union was terminated by stoning of the guilty party. But the issue is not so much divorce but remarriage after divorce. There are many occassions which might require separation, and Paul states that a woman should not leave her husband, but if she does leave him, she must not marry again except to the man she left, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11.
---lorra8574 on 6/2/07

I would add that I do not think that a woman or man should stay in an abusive relationship. In fact I wish I could make it a crime to remain in an abusive relationship if children are involved.

People rarely become abusive all of the sudden. Stress can aggravate situations to make them worse, but chances are by the time you married an abusive husband (or wife), you already knew that he (or she) had anger management issues.
---lorra8574 on 6/2/07

When a man or woman beats their mate to a pulp, drives over them in a parking lot, circles back around and repeatedly runs over them until they're dead. When abused children and mates are in grave danger of losing their lives. Better a millstone be tied around your neck than to hurt one of My little ones. When your life is at stake, I would say divorce is permitted.
---Shiela on 6/2/07

mima, At the time of Christ a man could divorce his wife for any reason he might choose by preparing a writ of divorce and giving it to her in front of two witnesses. A women could not divorce a husband for any reason.**

The actual mechanics of the procedure require the husband to hand the GET (divorce statement) to his wife. But under certain circumstances, a Rabbinic court can force the husband to do so. This is enforced with jail sentences in Israel today.
---Jack on 10/18/06

Elder ... Can you please write to me on PenPal, and then report back?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/18/06

Divorce allowed because of adultery. Matt.5:31-32; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18. However, One would have to seek God for themselves as to the question: under what circumstance(s) is re-marry is possible?
---betty7636 on 10/18/06

In I Cor 7:10-15 covers both parties, husband or wife plainly.
It says brother or sister, husband or wife.
(Alan can I fly in an airplane with my wife? Is is easier that flying without one.)
---Elder on 10/17/06

Mima ... Where in the Bible does it say we are permitted to travel in airplanes?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/17/06

mima, At the time of Christ a man could divorce his wife for any reason he might choose by preparing a writ of divorce and giving it to her in front of two witnesses. A women could not divorce a husband for any reason. That is why you will not see it in scripture.

Thank goodness times have changed, women have rights, when necessary women can use civil and criminal procedures of law to protect themselves their children and achieve redress.
---notlaw99 on 10/17/06

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