Jesus, via Matthew has a higher standard for his followers. Matthew has this as a solemn statement of Jesus (ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν). Not only that, he repeated the same statement later in chapter 19:3-9, based on Mark, chapter 10:2-12. Luke also had this same statement in chapter 16:18. There was only one ground for divorce, the unchaste sexual immoral women (ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ἀπολύων τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ παρεκτὸς λόγου πορνείας). This immorality, “πορνείας” included all kinds of sexual perversity, not just adultery. Otherwise, that divorced women would become an adulteress, committing adultery (ποιεῖ αὐτὴν μοιχευθῆναι). If anyone married a divorced woman, they were also committing adultery (καὶ ὃς ἐὰν ἀπολελυμένην γαμήσῃ μοιχᾶται.). Thus, the reasons for divorce were explicitly limited to sexual perversity. However, there was no indication that a woman could divorce her husband for any sexual cruelty or perversity.
Ezekiel was all shook up with all this killing going on. He was alone, so he prostrated his face. He cried to God. He wanted to know if everyone of the remaining Israelites would be destroyed. Would anybody remain in Jerusalem? Then Yahweh explained to him that the guilt of the house of Israel as well as the guilt of the house of Judah was exceedingly great. The land was full of bloodshed. The city was full of perversity. Those remaining had said that Yahweh had forsaken the land. He would not see what they were doing. However, Yahweh was clear. He was not going to spare them or have pity on them. Their own deeds brought this on their heads. Thus the annihilation of the inhabitants of Jerusalem continued.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable.
But the mouths of the wicked know what is perverse.”
The righteous will never be removed from the land, while the wicked will not stay on the land. The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom. The tongue of the wicked, on the other hand, will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable. while the wicked only know perversity.
Once again, this verse is like Psalm 14. This almost sounds like the perversity at the time of Noah, in Genesis, chapter 6, looking for the one good man. They have all gone astray. They are all perverse. No one does any good. There is not even one person, no, not even one.