When I read 33:50 to 33:53, the prophet seems to be the leading Guru of an Ashram of the modern sixties, being allowed to go around and pick out whoever he wants. And all that because Allah said so.
I am glad .. many of you guys are reading Quran., Indeed Quran has some hidden history in it and in absence of other corroborative evidence from the same time that Quran was published ., the extraction of such hidden history is bit difficult and one must question everything...
Any way let us read those surah Al-Ahzaab verses
33. 45 O Prophet! surely We have sent you as a witness, and as a bearer of good news and as a warner,
And as one inviting to Allah by His permission, and as a light-giving torch.
And give to the believers the good news that they shall have a great grace from Allah.
And be not compliant to the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and leave unregarded their annoying talk, and rely on Allah; and Allah is sufficient as a Protector.
O you who believe! when you marry the believing women, then divorce them before you touch them, you have in their case no term which you should reckon; so make some provision for them and send them forth a goodly sending forth.
O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war, and the daughters of your paternal uncles and the daughters of your paternal aunts, and the daughters of your maternal uncles and the daughters of your maternal aunts who fled with you; and a believing woman if she gave herself to the Prophet, if the Prophet desired to marry her-- specially for you, not for the (rest of) believers; We know what We have ordained for them concerning their wives and those whom their right hands possess in order that no blame may attach to you; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
you may put off whom you please of them, and you may take to you whom you please, and whom you desire of those whom you had separated provisionally; no blame attaches to you; this is most proper, so that their eyes may be cool and they may not grieve, and that they should be pleased, all of them with what you give them, and Allah knows what is in your hearts; and Allah is Knowing, Forbearing.
It is not allowed to you to take women afterwards, nor that you should change them for other wives, though their beauty be pleasing to you, except what your right hand possesses and Allah is Watchful over all things.
O you who believe! do not enter the houses of the Prophet unless permission is given to you for a meal, not waiting for its cooking being finished-- but when you are invited, enter, and when you have taken the food, then disperse-- not seeking to listen to talk; surely this gives the Prophet trouble, but he forbears from you, and Allah does not forbear from the truth And when you ask of them any goods, ask of them from behind a curtain; this is purer for your hearts and (for) their hearts; and it does not behove you that you should give trouble to the Apostle of Allah, nor that you should marry his wives after him ever; surely this is grievous in the sight of Allah.
If you do a thing openly or do it in secret, then surely Allah is Cognizant of all things.
There is no blame on them in respect of their fathers, nor their brothers, nor their brothers' sons, nor their sisters' sons nor their own women, nor of what their right hands possess; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is a witness of all things.
Surely Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who believe! call for (Divine) blessings on him and salute him with a (becoming) salutation.
Surely (as for) those who speak evil things of Allah and His Apostle, Allah has cursed them in this world and the here after, and He has prepared for them a chastisement bringing disgrace.
and those who speak evil things of the believing men and the believing women without their having earned (it), they are guilty indeed of a false accusation and a manifest sin.
O Prophet! say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
33.60: If the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease and the agitators in the city do not desist, We shall most certainly set you over them, then they shall not be your neighbors in it but for a little while;
so dear mundi the verses you mentioned are highlighted ., but for Quran, one must read at least 5 verses below and 5 verses above the verse of interest .,
Now question to you... How many verses those 15 verses that you see above from that chapter 33 you see in..... say..
Sana'a manuscript or in Codex Parisino-petropolitanus or in BnF Arabe 328(c) and Birmingham fragment?or in Tübingen ...Kufic manuscripts.. etc etc .. oldest Quran manuscripts that we have??
I know you are good in cross checking a specific verse., Could you please check those verses from 33 chapter... and I am glad to read your posts., you are a open minded guy..
with best wishes