1When Jesus finished saying these things, he left Galilee. He went into the area of Judea on the other side of the Jordan River.2Large crowds followed him. He healed them there.3Some Pharisees came to put him to the test. They asked, “Does the Law allow a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”4Jesus replied, “Haven't you read that in the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’? (Ge 1:27)5He said, ‘That's why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two will become one.’ (Ge 2:24)6They are no longer two, but one. So a man must not separate what God has joined together.”7They asked, “Then why did Moses command that a man can give his wife a letter of divorce and send her away?”8Jesus replied, “Moses let you divorce your wives because you were stubborn. But it was not this way from the beginning.9Here is what I tell you. Anyone who divorces his wife and gets married to another woman commits adultery. A man may divorce his wife only if she has not been faithful to him.”10The disciples said to him, “If that's the way it is between a husband and wife, it is better not to get married.”11Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept the idea of staying single. Only those who have been helped to live without getting married can accept it.12Some men are not able to have children because they were born that way. Some have been made that way by other people. Others have made themselves that way in order to serve the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept living that way should do it.”
Little Children Are Brought to Jesus
13Some people brought little children to Jesus. They wanted him to place his hands on the children and pray for them. But the disciples told the people to stop.14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Don't keep them away. The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like them.”15Jesus placed his hands on them. Then he went on from there.
Jesus and the Rich Young Man
16A man came up to Jesus. He asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?”17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter the kingdom, obey the commandments.”18“Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus said, “ ‘Do not commit murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not give false witness.19Honor your father and mother.’ And ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ” (Ex 20:12; Le 19:18; De 5:16)20“I have obeyed all those commandments,” the young man said. “What else do I need to do?”21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have. Give the money to those who are poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”22When the young man heard this, he went away sad. He was very rich.23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “What I'm about to tell you is true. It is hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven.24Again I tell you, it is hard for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. But it is even harder for the rich to enter God's kingdom.”25When the disciples heard this, they were really amazed. They asked, “Then who can be saved?”26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, that is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.”27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What reward will be given to us?”28“What I'm about to tell you is true,” Jesus said to them. “When all things are made new, the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne. Then you who have followed me will also sit on 12 thrones. You will judge the 12 tribes of Israel.29Everyone who has left houses or families or fields because of me will receive 100 times as much. They will also receive eternal life.30But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.
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Teaching About Divorce
1Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. (Mt 4:25; Mt 17:24; Mr 10:1; Lu 9:51; Lu 17:11; Joh 10:40)2And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. (Mt 12:15)3And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” (Mt 5:31; Joh 8:6)4He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, (Ge 1:27; Ge 2:18; Ge 2:21; Ge 5:2; Mt 21:16)5and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Ge 2:24; Mal 2:15; 1Co 6:16; Eph 5:31)6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (1Co 7:10)7They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” (De 24:1)8He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. (Mr 3:5; Mr 6:52; Mr 16:14; Heb 3:8)9And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” (Mt 5:32)10The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”11But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. (Mt 13:11; Mt 20:23; 1Co 7:2; 1Co 7:7; 1Co 7:17)12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.” (1Co 7:32)
Let the Children Come to Me
13Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, (Mr 10:13; Mr 10:48; Lu 18:15)14but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3; Mr 9:39)15And he laid his hands on them and went away.
The Rich Young Man
16And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (Mt 18:8; Mt 19:29; Mt 25:46; Mr 10:17; Lu 10:25; Lu 18:18)17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” (Le 18:5; Ne 9:29; Eze 20:11; Eze 20:13; Eze 20:21; Ro 10:5; Ga 3:12)18He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, (Ex 20:12; De 5:16; Mt 5:21; Mt 5:27; Ro 13:9)19Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Le 19:18; Mt 5:43; Mt 22:39; Mr 12:31; Lu 10:27; Ga 5:14; Jas 2:8)20The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” (Php 3:6)21Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Mt 5:48; Mt 6:19; Lu 12:33; Lu 16:9; Lu 19:8; Ac 2:45; Ac 4:34; 1Ti 6:18)22When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Eze 33:31)23And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 13:22; 1Co 1:26)24Again I tell 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.” (Mt 12:28; Mr 10:24)25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”26But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Ge 18:14; Job 42:2; Jer 32:17; Jer 32:27; Zec 8:6; Mr 10:21; Mr 14:36; Lu 1:37; Lu 22:61)27Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” (Mt 4:20; Mt 4:22; Mr 1:18; Mr 1:20)28Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Mt 16:27; Lu 22:30; 1Co 6:2; Re 3:21)29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. (Mt 19:16; Mt 25:34; Lu 14:26)30But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (Mt 20:16; Mt 21:31; Mr 10:31; Lu 13:30)