Teaching About Divorce1
And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these words, he departed from Galilee and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan,
and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
3And some Pharisees came to him, tempting him, and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for any reason at all?”
And he answered and said, “Have you not read that he who made them
from the beginning made them male and female,
5and said, For this cause will a man leave his father and mother and will be glued to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?a
So they are no more two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
7They say to him, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”b
He says to them, “Moses, in view of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been this way.
9And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
The disciples say to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only
those to whom it has been given.
For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”
Jesus Blesses the Little Children13
Then little children were brought to him so that he could lay his hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, “Leave the little children alone, and do not forbid them to come to me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
And, having laid his hands on them, he departed from there.
The Rich Young Ruler16And Look!, one came to him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do in order to have life in the Age?”
17And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about that which is good? There is One who is good. But if you want to enter into the Life, keep the commandments.”
18He says to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, Do not murder; Do not commit adultery; Do not steal; Do not bear false witness;
19Honor your father and mother; and Love your neighbor as yourself.c”
The young man says to him, “All these things I have kept, what do I still lack?”
21Jesus said to him, “If you really want to reach the goal, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.”
But the young man, having heard that word, went away grieved, for he had many possessions.
Rewards in the Kingdom23
And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is 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 a needle’s eye, than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.”
And when the disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then is able to be saved?”
26And Jesus, looking at them, said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27Then Peter answered and said to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you, so what will we have?”
28And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed me, in the New Beginning,d when the Son of Man sits on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
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 life in the Age to come.
But many who are
first will be last, and the