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58 Scriptures On Separation

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,


Proverbs 9:7 NIV

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.


Proverbs 27:5-6 NIV

Better is open rebuke than hidden love Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.


Matthew 18:15-19 NIV – Jesus’ Teaching on Confrontation, Correction, Separation, & Discipline Through Prayer (Handing over to Satan)

15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector (Separation).

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will bebound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.


1 Corinthians 5:1-6 NIV – Apostle Paul’s instructions to Church of Corinth on how to apply Jesus’ teaching on Discipline as taught in Matthew 18:15-19

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?  3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this.So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?


Matthew 5:31-32 ESV

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


Matthew 19:9 ESV 

And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”


Romans 7:2-3 ESV 

For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.


1 Corinthians 7:12-16 ESV 

To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?


1 Corinthians 7:39 ESV 

A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.


Good reasons to separate:

  • Fatigue – The spouse who wants to leave feels that he/she cannot take it any longer. The browbeating, arguing, accusations, criticisms, and nonstop drama eat into the individual to the point that he/she primarily thinks of escaping the relationship rather than healing it.
  • Fear – The spouse who seeks to leave does so because he/she fears for the emotional, physical, or spiritual safety of self or children.

Bad reason to separate: 

  • Facilitation – The spouse who wants to leave desires separation to make it easier to pursue a relationship with someone else or a lifestyle that the current marriage prohibits.

Learn more about good reasons to separate by reading this article “When Should a Married Couple Separate?”