The Question of Divorce
1When Jesus had finished saying these things,19:1–9 Mk 10:1–12 he departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan.19:1 Mt 7:28; Lk 9:51; Jn 10:40
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that he who created19:4 Other mss read made them in the beginning made them male and female,19:4 Gn 1:27; 5:219:4 Gn 2:18; Mt 21:16
5and he also said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?19:5 Gn 2:2419:5 Gn 2:24; Mal 2:15; 1Co 6:16; Eph 5:31
6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
8He told them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts, but it was not like that from the beginning.
11He responded, “Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given.19:11 Mt 13:11; 1Co 7:7
12For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept it should accept it.”
Blessing the Children
13Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.19:13–15 Mk 10:13–16; Lk 18:15–17
14Jesus said, “Leave the little children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to me, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”19:14 Lit heaven is of such ones19:14 Mt 18:3; 1Pt 2:2
15After placing his hands on them, he went on from there.
The Rich Young Ruler
18“Which ones?” he asked him.
Jesus answered: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;19:18 Ex 20:13–16; Dt 5:17–20
20“I have kept all these,”19:20 Other mss add from my youth the young man told him. “What do I still lack?”
22When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Possessions and the Kingdom
23Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.19:23 Mt 13:22; Mk 10:23; 1Co 1:26; 1Tm 6:9
25When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?”
27Then Peter responded to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you. So what will there be for us?”
28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things,19:28 Is 65:17; 66:22; 2Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1 when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne,19:28 Ps 45:6; Mt 25:31; Heb 1:8; Rv 3:21; 22:1,3 you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother19:29 Other mss add or wife or children or fields because of my name will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life.19:29 Mt 6:33; Mk 10:29; Lk 18:29
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