Hello, everyone! I am a new convert to the Catholic Church and this is my first substantive post. Here is my Question. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the following, as recorded in Matthew 5:32:
“But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife ***** causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
The “*****” is translated variously as
- unless the marriage is unlawful (NAB)
- saving for the cause of fornication (KJV)
- except for marital unfaithfulness (NIV)
I have read that the meaning of the Greek word “porneia” is the issue here. I’m partial to the NAB translation myself, but my question is what is the most accurate meaning of “porneia”, and why should one accept one meaning over the others?
Thank you in advance for any responses.