The Question of Divorce
1He10:1–12 Mt 19:1–2 set out from there and went to the region of Judea10:1 Lk 1:5 and across the Jordan.10:1 Mt 4:15,25; Lk 3:3; Jn 1:28; 3:26; 10:40 Then crowds converged on him again, and as was his custom he taught10:1 Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11 them again.
2Some Pharisees10:2 Mk 7:3 came to test10:2 Jms 1:13 him, asking, “Is it lawful10:2 Jn 18:31 for a man to divorce10:2 Lv 21:7 his wife?” 10:2 1Pt 3:1
3He replied to them, “What did Moses10:3 Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 command you?”
4They said, “Moses permitted us to write divorce papers10:4 Mt 5:31 and send her away.”10:4 Dt 24:1,3
5But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts. 10:5 Mk 16:14
6But from the beginning10:6 Jn 1:1; Ac 26:4 of creation10:6 Jn 1:3; Rv 3:14 God10:6 Other mss omit God made them male and female.10:6Gn 1:27; 5:210:6 Gn 1:27; 5:2
7For this reason a man will leave 10:7 Lk 15:4 his father and mother 10:7 Some mss add and be joined to his wife
8and the two will become one flesh.10:7–8Gn 2:2410:7–8 Gn 2:24 So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”10:9 1Co 7:10–15; Heb 7:26
10When they were in the house again, the disciples questioned him about this matter.
11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife10:11 1Pt 3:1 and marries10:11 1Tm 5:14 another commits adultery10:11 Mt 5:27–28 against her.
12Also, if she divorces her husband10:12 Mt 1:19 and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Blessing the Children
13People10:13–16 Mt 19:13–15; Lk 18:15–17 were bringing little children10:13 Lk 1:7 to him in order that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked10:13 2Tm 4:2 them.
14When Jesus saw it, he was indignant10:14 Lk 13:14 and said to them, “Let the little children come to me.10:14 Lk 14:26 Don’t stop10:14 1Co 14:39 them, because the kingdom of God10:14 Mk 1:15 belongs to such as these.
15Truly I tell you, 10:15 Ps 72:19; Rv 22:21 whoever does not receive10:15 Or not welcome10:15 Ac 17:11 the kingdom of God like a little child10:15 Lk 1:7 will never enter it.”
16After taking them in his arms, he laid his hands on10:16 1Tm 5:22 them and blessed10:16 Gn 48:15 them.
The Rich Young Ruler
17As10:17–31 Mt 19:16–30; Lk 18:18–30 he was setting out on a journey,10:17 Mk 8:27 a man ran up, knelt down10:17 Mt 17:14; 27:29; Mk 1:40 before him, and asked him, “Good10:17 Gn 1:31 teacher,10:17 Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 what must I do to inherit10:17 Rv 21:7 eternal life?” 10:17 Lk 10:25–28; Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone.10:18 Ps 69:16
19You know the commandments: Do not murder;10:19 Mt 5:21 do not commit adultery;10:19 Mt 5:27–28 do not steal;10:19 Eph 4:28 do not bear false witness;10:19 Pr 6:19 do not defraud;10:19 1Co 6:7–8; 7:5; 1Tm 6:5; Jms 5:4 honor10:19 1Tm 5:3 your father and mother.10:19Ex 20:12–16; Dt 5:16–2010:19 Ex 21:15
20He said to him, “Teacher,10:20 Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 I have kept all these from my youth.”
21Looking at him, Jesus loved him10:21 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,10:21 Mk 14:7; Rm 15:26 and you will have treasure10:21 2Co 4:7 in heaven.10:21 Mt 6:20; 13:44; Lk 12:33 Then come,10:21 Other mss add taking up the cross, and follow me.”10:21 Jn 8:12
22But he was dismayed by this demand, and he went away grieving,10:22 2Co 2:2 because he had many possessions.10:22 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 wealth10:23 Ac 4:37; 8:18,20; 24:26 to enter the kingdom of God!” 10:23 Mk 1:15
24The disciples were astonished at his words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children,10:24 Lk 1:7 how hard it is10:24 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 rich10:25 Gn 24:35; Rv 2:9 person to enter the kingdom of God.”
26They were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 10:26 Ac 16:30; Eph 2:8
27Looking at them, Jesus said, “With man it is impossible,10:27 Heb 6:4 but not with God, because all things are possible with God.”
28Peter10:28 Lk 6:14; Ac 10:32 began to tell him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”
29 “Truly I tell you,” 10:29 Rv 22:21 Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father10:29 Other mss add or wife or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel,10:29 Mk 1:1; Php 1:5
30who will not receive a hundred times10:30 Lk 21:8 more, now at this time10:30 Lk 20:10 — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions10:30 Mt 13:21 — and eternal life10:30 Jn 12:25; Ac 13:48 in the age to come.10:30 Mt 12:32; Lk 20:35; Eph 1:21; 2:7
31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”10:31 Mk 9:35
The Third Prediction of His Death
32They10:32–34 Mt 20:17–19; Lk 18:31–34 were on the road, going up to Jerusalem,10:32 Ps 79:1; Mt 23:37 and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were astonished, but those who followed him were afraid.10:32 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.10:32 Jn 6:61
33“See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man10:33 Mk 2:10 will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes,10:33 Mt 2:4 and they will condemn him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Gentiles,10:33–34 Mk 8:31; 9:31
34and they will mock him, spit on him, flog10:34 Or scourge him, and kill him, and he will rise10:34 Mt 16:21; Ac 2:24 after three days.”10:34 Lk 9:22
Suffering and Service
35James10:35–45 Mt 20:20–28; Ac 12:2 and John,10:35 Jn 21:7 the sons of Zebedee,10:35 Jn 21:2 approached him and said, “Teacher,10:35 Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 we want you to do whatever 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.”10:37 Mt 19:28; Lk 9:26
38Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking.10:38 Jn 11:22 Are you able to drink the cup10:38 Ps 75:8 I drink or to be baptized with the baptism10:38 Lk 12:50; Ac 22:16 I am baptized with?” 10:38 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.10:39 Ac 12:2; Rv 1:9
40But to sit at my right or left is not mine to give; instead, it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41When the ten disciples heard this, they began to be indignant with James and John.10:41 Jn 21:7
42Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over10:42 Ac 19:16; 1Pt 5:3 them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them.
43But it is not so among you.10:43 Mk 9:35; 10:45 On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant,10:43–44 Lk 22:26
44and whoever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all.10:44 Mt 10:24; Php 2:7; Rv 1:1
45For even the Son of Man10:45 Mk 2:10 did not come to be served, but to serve,10:45 Jn 13:13–15; Php 2:7 and to give his life10:45 Jn 6:51; 10:15; Gl 2:20 as a ransom10:45 Lv 27:31; Ps 49:8; Mt 26:28; Eph 1:7 for many.”10:45 Or in the place of many; Is 53:10–1210:45 Is 52:13–53:12; Mt 20:28
A Blind Man Healed
46They10:46–52 Mt 20:29–34; Lk 18:35–43 came to Jericho.10:46 Nm 22:1 And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind10:46 Mt 15:14 beggar,10:46 Jn 9:8 was sitting by the road.10:46 Mk 8:27
47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,10:47 Mk 14:67 he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David,10:47 2Ch 1:1; Mt 1:1; Rm 1:3 have mercy10:47 Mt 5:7; Mk 5:19; Lk 1:50 on me!” 10:47 Mt 15:22; 17:15; Mk 10:48; Lk 16:24
48Many warned him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me,10:48 Mk 10:47 Son of David!”
49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage!10:49 Jn 16:33 Get up; he’s calling for you.”
50He threw off his coat,10:50 Lk 19:36 jumped up, and came to Jesus.
51Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want10:51 Mk 1:40 me to do for you?”
“Rabboni,” 10:51 Hb word for my lord 10:51 Jn 20:16 the blind man said to him, “I want to see.”
52Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has saved you.”10:52 Mt 9:22; Mk 6:56; Lk 5:20 Immediately he could see and began to follow Jesus on the road.