What God Has Joined Together: What Does Mark 10:9 Mean?

Mark 10:9, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (King James Version)

TranslationMark 10:9
ESVWhat therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
NASBWhat therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.
NIVTherefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
NLTlet no one split apart what God has joined together.

Also see the meaning of I Knew You in the Womb to learn more.

What God Has Joined Together: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

10:1-12 Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him in crowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ’s constant practice.

He here shows that the reason why Moses’ law allowed divorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; it was only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other.

The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wives consider what would become of themselves, if God should deal with them in like manner.

Also see the meaning of He That Finds A Wife to learn more.

Mark 10:9 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Mt 19:1-12. Final Departure from Galilee—Divorce. ( = Mr 10:1-12; Lu 9:51).

Farewell to Galilee (Mt 19:1, 2).

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee—This marks a very solemn period in our Lord’s public ministry. So slightly is it touched here, and in the corresponding passage of Mark (Mr 10:1), that few readers probably note it as the Redeemer’s Farewell to Galilee, which however it was. See on the sublime statement of Luke (Lu 9:51), which relates to the same transition stage in the progress of our Lord’s work.

and came into the coasts—or, boundaries

of Judea beyond Jordan—that is, to the further, or east side of the Jordan, into Perea, the dominions of Herod Antipas. But though one might conclude from our Evangelist that our Lord went straight from the one region to the other, we know from the other Gospels that a considerable time elapsed between the departure from the one and the arrival at the other, during which many of the most important events in our Lord’s public life occurred—probably a large part of what is recorded in Lu 9:51, onward to Lu 18:15, and part of Joh 7:2-11:54.Matthew 19:1-2 Christ healeth the sick,

Matthew 19:3-12 answereth the question of the Pharisees concerning

divorce, and the objection of his disciples to the

expediency of marriage,

Matthew 19:13-15 receiveth little children with tenderness,

Matthew 19:16-22 instructs a young man how to attain eternal life, and

how to become perfect,

Matthew 19:23-26 showeth how hard it is for a rich man to enter into

the kingdom of God,

Matthew 19:27-30 and promises great rewards to his disciples, and to

all who have forsaken aught to follow him.

Also see the meaning of Father Forgive Them to learn more.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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