God Does Not Hate Divorce.

Malachi 2:16 “For Yahweh God of Israel says That He hates the putting away (separation, shalach H7971), For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says Yahweh of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”

Malachi 2:14-16 is about men who kicked out a wife without cause. In doing so they refused to give the wife a bill of divorcement so that she could continue coverature under another man. This is violence and evil in the sight of Yahweh. The man and woman were only separated, not divorced. This verse is not about divorce.

After a long sermon on the subject, “God Hates Divorce”, I asked the preacher if he knew that Malachi 2:16 is not about divorce. His response was, “Yes”, he knew it.

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