No divorce (1 Cor. 7:11)

“But if the wife separates,

Let her remain single

Or else be reconciled

To her husband.

The husband

Should not divorce

His wife.”

ἐὰν δὲ καὶ χωρισθῇ, μενέτω ἄγαμος ἢ τῷ ἀνδρὶ καταλλαγήτω, καὶ ἄνδρα γυναῖκα μὴ ἀφιέναι.

Paul said that if the wife separates (ἐὰν δὲ καὶ χωρισθῇ), let her remain single (μενέτω ἄγαμος) or else be reconciled (καταλλαγήτω) to her husband (ἢ τῷ ἀνδρὶ).  The husband should not divorce his wife (καὶ ἄνδρα γυναῖκα μὴ ἀφιέναι).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἄγαμος, that means unmarried or not in a state of wedlock, and the word καταλλαγήτω, that means to reconcile or change.  There were only two options for the woman who left her husband.  Either she should be reconciled with her husband or remain single.  At the same time, the husband was not to divorce or send away his wife.  There was no room for divorce on the part of the wife or the husband.  What do you think about divorce?

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