The Question of Divorce
1He Mt 19:1-2 set out from there and went to the region of Judea Lk 1:5 and across the Jordan. Mt 4:15,25; Lk 3:3; Jn 1:28; 3:26; 10:40 Then crowds converged on Him again and, as He usually did, He began teaching Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11 them once more.
2Some Pharisees Mk 7:3 approached Him to test Jms 1:13 Him. They asked, “Is it lawful Jn 18:31 for a man to divorce Lv 21:7 his wife? ” 1Pt 3:1
3He replied to them, “What did Moses Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 command you? ”
4They said, “Moses permitted us to write divorce papers Mt 5:31 and send her away.” Dt 24:1,3
5But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts. Mk 16:14
6But from the beginning Jn 1:1; Ac 26:4 of creation Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 God Other mss omit God made them male and female. Gn 1:27; 5:2 Gn 1:27; 5:2
7For this reason a man will leave Lk 15:4
his father and mother
and be joined to his wife , Other mss omit bracketed text
8and the two will become one flesh. Gn 2:24 Gn 2:24
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.” 1Co 7:10-15; Heb 7:26
10Now in the house the disciples questioned Him again about this matter.
11And He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife 1Pt 3:1 and marries 1Tm 5:14 another commits adultery Mt 5:27-28 against her.
12Also, if she divorces her husband Mt 1:19 and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Blessing the Children
13Some Mt 19:13-15; Lk 18:15-17 people were bringing little children Lk 1:7 to Him so He might touch them, but His disciples rebuked 2Tm 4:2 them.
14When Jesus saw it, He was indignant Lk 13:14 and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Lk 14:26 Don’t stop 1Co 14:39 them, for the kingdom of God Mk 1:15 belongs to such as these.
15I assure you: Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21 Whoever does not welcome Or not receive Ac 17:11 the kingdom of God like a little child Lk 1:7 will never enter it.”
16After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on 1Tm 5:22 them and blessed Gn 48:15 them.
The Rich Young Ruler
17As Mt 19:16-30; Lk 18:18-30 He was setting out on a journey, Mk 8:27 a man ran up, knelt down Mt 17:14; 27:29; Mk 1:40 before Him, and asked Him, “Good Gn 1:31 Teacher, Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 what must I do to inherit Rv 21:7 eternal life? ” Lk 10:25-28; Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48
18“Why do you call Me good? ” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One — God. Ps 69:16
19You know the commandments:
Do not murder; Mt 5:21
do not commit adultery; Mt 5:27-28
do not steal; Eph 4:28
do not bear false witness; Pr 6:19
do not defraud; 1Co 6:7-8; 7:5; 1Tm 6:5; Jms 5:4
honor 1Tm 5:3 your father and mother.” Ex 21:15 Ex 20:12-16; Dt 5:16-20
20He said to Him, “Teacher, Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 I have kept all these from my youth.”
21Then, looking at him, Jesus loved him Lk 6:35; 2Th 2:13; Heb 12:6 and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, Mk 14:7; Rm 15:26 and you will have treasure 2Co 4:7 in heaven. Mt 6:20; 13:44; Lk 12:33 Then come, Other mss add taking up the cross, and follow Me.” Jn 8:12
22But he was stunned Or he became gloomy at this demand, and he went away grieving, 2Co 2:2 because he had many possessions. Ac 2:45; 5:1
Possessions and the Kingdom
23Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth Ac 4:37; 8:18,20; 24:26 to enter the kingdom of God! ” Mk 1:15
24But the disciples were astonished at His words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, Lk 1:7 how hard it is Other mss add for those trusting in wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich Gn 24:35; Rv 2:9 person to enter the kingdom of God.”
26So they were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved? ” Ac 16:30; Eph 2:8
27Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, Heb 6:4 but not with God, because all things are possible with God.”
28Peter Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 began to tell Him, “Look, we have left everything and followed You.”
29“I assure you,” Rv 22:21 Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house, brothers or sisters, mother or father, Other mss add or wife children, or fields because of Me and the gospel, Mk 1:1; Php 1:5
30who will not receive 100 times Lk 21:8 more, now at this time Lk 20:10 — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions Mt 13:21 — and eternal life Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48 in the age to come. Mt 12:32; Lk 20:35; Eph 1:21; 2:7
31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mk 9:35
The Third Prediction of His Death
32They Mt 20:17-19; Lk 18:31-34 were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, Ps 79:1; Mt 23:37 and Jesus was walking ahead of them. They were astonished, but those who followed Him were afraid. Ps 147:11; Pr 1:7; Rv 14:7 Taking the Twelve aside again, He began to tell them the things that would happen to Him. Jn 6:61
33“Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man Mk 2:10 will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, Mt 2:4 and they will condemn Him to death. Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles, Mk 8:31; 9:31
34and they will mock Him, spit on Him, flog Or scourge Him, and kill Him, and He will rise Mt 16:21; Ac 2:24 after three days.” Lk 9:22
Suffering and Service
35Then Mt 20:20-28 James Ac 12:2 and John, Jn 21:7 the sons of Zebedee, Jn 21:2 approached Him and said, “Teacher, Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 we want You to do something for us if we ask You.”
36“What do you want Me to do for you? ” He asked them.
37They answered Him, “Allow us to sit at Your right and at Your left in Your glory.” Mt 19:28; Lk 9:26
38But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Jn 11:22 Are you able to drink the cup Ps 75:8 I drink or to be baptized with the baptism Lk 12:50; Ac 22:16 I am baptized with? ” Lk 12:50; Rm 6:3; 2Co 4:10-11; Gl 2:20
39“We are able,” they told Him.
Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with. Ac 12:2; Rv 1:9
40But to sit at My right or left is not Mine to give; instead, it is for those it has been prepared for.”
41When the other 10 disciples heard this, they began to be indignant with James and John. Jn 21:7
42Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles dominate Ac 19:16; 1Pt 5:3 them, and their men of high positions exercise power over them.
43But it must not be like that among you. Mk 9:35; 10:45 On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Lk 22:26
44and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave Mt 10:24; Php 2:7; Rv 1:1 to all.
45For even the Son of Man Mk 2:10 did not come to be served, but to serve, Jn 13:13-15; Php 2:7 and to give His life Jn 6:51; 10:15; Gl 2:20 — a ransom Lv 27:31; Ps 49:8; Mt 26:28; Eph 1:7 for many.” Or in the place of many ; Is 53:10-12 Is 52:13–53:12; Mt 20:28
A Blind Man Healed
46They Mt 20:29-34; Lk 18:35-43 came to Jericho. Nm 22:1 And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind Mt 15:14 beggar, Jn 9:8 was sitting by the road. Mk 8:27
47When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, Mk 14:67 he began to cry out, “Son of David, 2Ch 1:1; Mt 1:1; Rm 1:3 Jesus, have mercy Mt 5:7; Mk 5:19; Lk 1:50 on me! ” Mt 15:22; 17:15; Mk 10:48; Lk 16:24
48Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Mk 10:47 Son of David! ”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Jn 16:33 Get up; He’s calling for you.”
50He threw off his coat, Lk 19:36 jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Mk 1:40 Me to do for you? ”
“Rabbouni,” Hb for my teacher Jn 20:16 the blind man told Him, “I want to see! ”
52“Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Mt 9:22; Mk 6:56; Lk 5:20 Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.