Scripture: Malachi 2:16 NIV “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. “So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.”
Malachi 2:26 NASB “For I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “and him who covers his garment with wrong.” Says the Lord of Hosts. “So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
Devotional: Today we are taking a look at two differing translations of the same passage of Scripture regarding divorce. It’s a bit perplexing the differences in which these are translated, but it’s fairly easy to be able to see God’s heart in the midst of this passage: God hates divorce because of the violence it does to a person in the midst of what should be a loving and protective covenant. The marriage covenant is sacred, and when it is broken, no one comes out unscathed. And that grieves God’s heart.
If you have been impacted by divorce, either by going through it yourself, or being affected second hand, you know the pain of it. You understand the brokenness that results and how the ripples of that go out for a lifetime.
- Reflect upon your own experience with divorce. How has the pain of it impacted you? Pray for healing for yourself and others that were involved.