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Divorce For Beatings

If a man is lazy and doesn't provide for his wife, or he beats her, or verbally abuses her, does she have a scriptural reason for divorce? Please provide scriptures with your answer.

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 ---trey on 5/15/12
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no one has the right to beat anyone.I would leave or he would leave. The bible says if a man don't work, he don't eat. God bless
---shira4368 on 5/18/12

ginger, thank you so much for your answer. I only mentioned what I did because of the abuse. I never want to advice anyone to get divorced. Many times when a person holds on and depends on God, the other will change. And they then have a great relationship. Other times God does not change the other person. But when it comes to a persons safety or the children, then as far as I am concern, one of the spouses has broken his vow, or the principles set for us in marriage. Other times one of the two makes up excuses just to divorce, when the excuses are not warranted. In the Old T. those people had lots of excuses. Their wives got older and they wanted a younger one. God was oppose to all that as Jesus said.
---Mark_V. on 5/18/12

A man is supposted to love is wife .,like crist loved the church this is not love you a bully i would get out before he kills you severley harms your childern it will spill over to the next generation
your boys will beat up your girl friends and wifes if you don't go to joyce meyer ministerys she is a lady preacher she was abuised when se was real young her organation my be able to help you
---greg on 5/17/12

That is a BIG BIG AMEN!!!!!
Great post!
---ginger on 5/17/12

Trey, first, if she is been abused or beaten or if the children are beaten, she should run away from him as soon as possible. Second, in my own opinion, I believe that if a wife is getting beat up, or verbally abuse, or if the children are verbally abuse, she has the right to get a divorce. Here is why. Because the fundamental principles that Paul set for the man have been violated by the husband. How can the wife be humble and submissive to someone who does not love himself, his wife, as Christ loved the Church? ( Eph. 5:22-33).
"in the fear of God" refers to, the believers continual reverence for God is the basis for his submission to other believers. (Prov. 9:10).
---Mark_V. on 5/17/12


You said: The LORD has been the Husband of Israel. Even when they have abused the LORD, He has not dumped them...

But how about:

Isaiah 50:1
"Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away."

Jeremiah 3:8
"And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also."
---StrongAxe on 5/16/12

The LORD has been the Husband of Israel. Even when they have abused the LORD, He has not dumped them. But, also, while they have abused Him, He has not continued to stay near them.

Does our Groom Jesus divorce us when we abuse Him? He may not stay near, though.

When you commit adultery against our Groom Jesus, by cheating with Satan in arguing and complaining (Philippians 2:14-16), does Jesus divorce you?

When people got ready to kill and hurt Jesus, He did not stay with them, but He did not totally leave them. So, I can see she could be wise simply to get out of his way, however would be effective.
---willie_c: on 5/16/12

GEt out of that house and seek shelter.
---atheist on 5/15/12

If a woman is lazy and doesn't care for her husband, or she beats him, or verbally abuses him, does he have a scriptural reason for divorce? Please provide scriptures with your answer.
---aka on 5/16/12


Jesus said in so many words that the only ground for divorce is adultery.

And not all MSS of the Gospels give permission to remarry afterwards, even in this case.

BTW, how about if a woman treats her husband the same way? Would HE have a scriptural ground for divorce?

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/16/12

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