1And he set out from there and went into the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and multitudes came together to him again. And again, as was his custom, he began to teach them.
2And Pharisees came to him and, tempting him, asked him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3And he answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
4And they said, “Moses allowed us to write a certificate of divorce, and send her away.”a
5But Jesus said to them, “Due to your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
6But from the beginning of the creation, he made them male and female.b
7For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, and will be joined to his wife,c
8and the two will become one flesh,d so that they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
10And in the house the disciples asked him again of this matter.
11And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,
12and if she herself divorces her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery.”
13And they were bringing to him little children so that he would touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me. Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.
15Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will absolutely not enter it.”
16And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
17And as he was going out onto the road, someone ran to him and knelt before him and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit life in the age to come?”
18And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one: God.
19You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.e”
20And he said to him, “Teacher, all these things I have observed from my youth.”
21And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.”
22But his face fell at the saying, and he went away grieved, for he had many possessions.
23And Jesus, having looked around, said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!”
24And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter into the Kingdom of God!
25It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
26And they were exceedingly astonished, saying to themselves, “Then who is able to be saved?”
27Jesus, looking at them, said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.”
28Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”
29Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, because of me and because of the good news,
30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, (houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, along with persecutions), and in the coming age, life in that age.
31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
32And they were on the road going up to Jerusalem and Jesus was going ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And again he took the Twelve and began to tell them the things that were to happen to him:
33“Look! We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the experts in the law, and they will condemn him to death, and will hand him over to the Gentiles,
34and they will mock him, and will spit on him, and will scourge him, and will kill him, and after three days he will be raised.”
35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him, saying to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
36And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
37And they said to him, “Grant to us that we may sit, one on your right hand, and one on your left hand, in your glory.”
38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
39And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized you will be baptized,
40but to sit on my right hand or on my left hand is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41And when the ten heard it, they began to be moved with indignation concerning James and John.
42And Jesus called them to him, and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
43But it is not so among you, but whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant,
44and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all.
45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
46And they came to Jericho. And as he went out from Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the side of the road.
47And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
48And many were rebuking him so that he would be silent, but he kept crying out all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
49And Jesus stood still and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer! Get up, he is calling you.”
50And he, tossing aside his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus.
51And Jesus answered him, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabboni, I want to receive my sight!”
52And Jesus said to him, “Go. Your trust has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed him on the road.