6 But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.
Chrysostom: He at once brings back the discourse to the old law.
Bede: He says not male and females, which the sense would have required had it referred to the divorce of former wives, but “male” and “female”, so that they might be bound by the tie of one wife.
Chrysostom: If however he had wished one wife to be put away and another to be brought in, He would have created several women.
7 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.
Chrysostom: He also bade a man quit his parents and cleave to his wife. From the very mode of speech, shewing the impossibility of severing marriage, because He said, “He shall cleave.”
Bede: He says, he shall cleave to his wife, not wives.
8 And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.
Chrysostom: Being framed out of one root, they will join into one body.
9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Bede: What therefore God hath conjoined by making one flesh of a man and a woman, that man cannot separate, but God alone.
Chrysostom: If two persons, whom God has joined together, are not to be separated; much more is it wrong to separate from Christ, the Church, which God has joined to Him.
Scripture from the Douay-Rheims Bible. Commentary from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea, Vol. II (London: Rivington, 1842).
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