Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
Deuteronomy 24:1 (quoted by Milton on page 937):
"When a man hath tak'n a wife and married her, and it come to passe that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleannesse in her, let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house, &c."
28: And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over it, etc.
18: Then the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him.
24: Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.
31: It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement;
32: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
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?
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?
6: Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined 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.
7: But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than
to burn with passion.