This infographic shows that NO Bible in the first 2000 years of Bible translation interprets Malachi 2:16 it as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce" —not even close.  To see how it was translated, click HERE.

About 500 BC — Malachi was written

About 300 BC - 100 BC — Translated into Greek, the Septuagint, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 100-200 — Translated into Aramaic, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 382 — Translated into Latin, the Vulgate, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 1395 — Translated into English, Wycliffe Bible, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 1535 — Translated into English, Coverdale Bible, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 1545 — Translated into German, Luther Bible, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 1568 — Translated into English, Bishop's Bible, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

AD 1587 — Translated into English, Geneva Bible, but NOT translated as "God hates divorce" or "I hate divorce"

 

So, basically the 1611 King James Version (AV) was a radical departure from the previous 2000 years of biblical scholarship. And guess what? The Dead Sea fragment of Malachi 2:16 does NOT support the KJV's interpretation.

This may explain why the New International Version completely changed its wording in their 2011 update. And why the ESV (English Standard Version) and the CSB (the Christian Standard Bible) do NOT translate it as "I hate divorce" or "God hates divorce" either.

To see how it was translated in major Bibles prior to King James Version (Authorized Version), click here.


 

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