Concerning Divorce
1When Jesus had finished these words, He left Galilee and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;
2and Or manylarge crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
3 Some Pharisees came to Lit HimJesus, testing Him and Lit sayingasking, “Is it lawful for a man to Lit send awaydivorce his wife for any reason at all?
4And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female,
5and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate.”
7They *said to Him, “Why, then, did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
8He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to Lit send awaydivorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.
9And I say to you, whoever Lit sends awaydivorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman One early ms makes her commit adulterycommits adulteryOne early ms adds and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
10The disciples *said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.”
11But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.
12For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this, let him accept it.
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13Then some children were brought to Him so that He would lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.
14But Jesus said, Or Permit the childrenLeave the children alone, and do not Or prevent them from comingforbid them to come to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.
The Rich Young Ruler
16And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do so that I may obtain eternal life?”
17And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not give false testimony;
19Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
20The young man *said to Him, “All these I have kept; what am I still lacking?”
21Jesus said to him, “If you want to be Or perfectcomplete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
23And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”
26And looking at them, Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The Disciples’ Reward
27Then Peter responded and said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?”
28And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the Or renewal; i.e., the new worldregeneration when the Son of Man will sit on Lit the throne of His gloryHis glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother One early ms adds or wifeor children or farms on account of My name, will receive One early ms a hundred timesmany times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
30But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.