The Institution of Divorce: Originated by Hate and Hated by God (Mal. 2:16)

By Timothy Sparks
tdsparks77@yahoo.com
http://www.timothysparks.com

Some translations convey that divorce originates from men’s hateful hearts and their hate is then directed toward their wives. Other translations state that God hates divorce. Both are true. Divorce comes from a hateful heart and God hates divorce.
 

God did not institute the institution of divorce. Divorce is an institution based on hard-heartedness (Mt. 19:8), which is diametrically opposed to God who is love (1 Jn. 4:8).

Divorce was instituted by men and for men. God receives no glory in divorce. God created humans for his glory (Is. 43:7). People can glorify God within his institution of marriage. Why would we want to hold onto the human institution of divorce–an institution that originated out of hatred and is hated by God?

“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless” (Mal. 2:16, ESV).

“’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’” (Mal. 2:16, KJV).

“‘For I hate divorce,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘and him who covers his garment with wrong,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously’” (Mal. 2:16, NASB).

“’The man who hates and divorces his wife,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘does violence to the one he should protect,’ says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful'” (Mal. 2:16, NIV).

“For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless” (Mal. 2:16, NRSV).

 

 

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