A Meaningful Difference Between Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9

By Timothy Sparks

Many seem to think that Jesus is saying the same thing in Mt. 5:32 and Mt. 19:9. Often the two passages are referred to as “parallel passages.” We stop to ask the obvious question: “Is Jesus saying the same thing in both passages?”

First, notice that “makes/causes” (ποιεῖ) occurs in Mt. 5:32 and does not occur in Mt. 19:9. In Mt. 5:32 Jesus is focused on what the husband causes his wife to do, namely to commit adultery. Jesus does not address the same scenario in Mt. 19:9 as he does in Mt. 5:32.

To observe additional differences please see the following:



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