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structed his Dis. ciples with these Discourses, in Humility, Meekness, and readiness to forgive Injuries 3 he departed out of Galilee, and went into the Borders of judea beyond jordan. 2. And there also the People gathered themselves together after him, as they had done in Galilee and other Places; and he healed all that were sick and infirm amongst them, and instrućted them in the DoČtrine of true Religion. 3. But the Pharisees, as usual,grieved at his Doctrine and Miracles , watched all opportunities of finding some Accusation against him, and of discrediting him before the People: And particularly, hoping to entan:

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2 And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there,

3 * The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him,

Is it lawful for a man

to put away his wife for every cause 2

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning, made them male and female?'

5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother,and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.

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4. Jesus, knowing their Thoughts, prevented their Cavil by giving an Answer out of the Scripture it self, saying 3 Have ye not read (Genes. 1. 27.) that when God created Man at the first, he created them male and fe

male # 5. And do ye not remember how the Scripture faith 3 (Gen. z. 24.) Therefore shall a Man leave his Father and his Mother, his dearest Relations, and shall cleave unto his Wife; and they two shall be joyned together by so firićt and inseparable an Ulnion, that they shall be look'd upon as but One Body, and may no more be divided than the

the Members of the same Body ? 6. Since therefore God hath joyned them together by so strićt a tie, no Man can separate and part them, without breaking this Primitive Law of God. 7. The Pharisees replied; Why then doth the Law appoint in some Cases, that a Man should give his Wife a Writing of Divorcement, and put her away 8. Jesus answered: Mo

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6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joyned together, let not man put asunder.

7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

8 He saith unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery : and whoso marrieth her which is put away, doth commit

adultery. 1o 4 His

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