19When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2Large crowds followed him, and he cured them there.
3 Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause? 4He answered, Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. 7They said to him, Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her? 8He said to them, It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but at the beginning it was not so. 9And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.*
10 His 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 accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.
13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. 15And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
16 Then someone came to him and said, Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? 17And he said to him, Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. 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; 19Honour your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 20The young man said to him, I have kept all these;* what do I still lack? 21Jesus said to him, If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money* to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. 22When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, Then who can be saved? 26But Jesus looked at them and said, For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.
27 Then Peter said in reply, Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have? 28Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my names sake, will receive a hundredfold,* and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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