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God designed marriage as a lifelong blessing.

BibleGateway: Mark 10:1-12

ESV Text: Mark 10:1-12

KJV Text:

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     1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. 3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 620:
Lord, Who at Cana’s Wedding Feast

— Organ Audio

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1. Lord, who at Cana’s wedding-feast 
Didst as a guest appear, 
Thou dearer far than earthly guest, 
Voucesafe Thy presence here. 
For holy Thou indeed dost prove 
The marriage-vow to be, 
Proclaiming it a type of love 
Between the Church and Thee. 

2. This holy vow that man can make, 
The golden thread in life, 
The bond that none may dare to break, 
That bindeth man and wife, 
Which, blest by Thee, whate’er betides, 
No evil shall destroy, 
Through care-worn days each care divides, 
And doubles every joy. 

3. On those who now before Thee kneel, 
O Lord, Thy blessing pour, 
That each may wake the other’s zeal 
To love Thee more and more. 
Oh, grant them here in peace to live, 
In purity and love, 
And, this world leaving, to receive 
A crown of life above.