Bible Text: Malachi 2:10-16

Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.


  • Need a biblical view, not just traditional (danger of tradition)


  • Marriage to Idolaters (vs. 10-13)
    • Daughter of strange god
    • Caused tears of wives
    • Tears “blotted out” offerings
      • NT. Paul: “Only in the Lord”
      • Cut off- Children are unholy- unsanctified


Thy wife
Of youth (first choice)
Companion–to you gave up self
Covenant–strongest bond

  • Putting away wives (vws. 13-16)
    • God made one (Eve)
      • Not Steve
      • Not animals
      • Not two (polygamy or divorce)
    • ONE
  • Why? a godly seed (there are others, but this is/was  important guiding principle)
    • hateth = abomination = sin


  • Take heed- don’t deal treacherously
    • Marry Christian
    • Marry Right Christian