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10 And he went away from there and came into the territory of Judea and the other side of the Jordan; and crowds collected around him again, and he taught them again as was his custom. And 2 Pharisees approached him and put the question to him, to test him, whether it is lawful for a husband to divorce a wife. 3 But he answered them “What commands did Moses give you?” 4 And they said “Moses permitted writing a certificate of separation and divorcing her;” 5 But Jesus said to them “It was in view of your obduracy that he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the first of the creation he ‘made them male and female’; 7 ‘for this a man shall leave his father and mother, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’; so that they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 So let not a man part what God has joined.” 10 And when they got into the house the disciples questioned him again about this; 11 and he said to them “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another she commits adultery.” 13 And they brought children to him to have him touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus was offended at seeing it, and said to them “Let the children come to me, do not interfere with them; for to such belongs the Reign of God. 15 I tell you verily, anyone who does not receive the Reign of God like a child shall not get into it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and covered them with blessings, putting his hands on them. 17 And as he was going out on the road, one ran up and knelt before him and put the question to him “Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 But Jesus said to him “Why do you call me good? nobody is good except one, God. 19 You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not testify falsely, do not keep back payments, honor your father and mother.’” 20 But he said to him “Teacher, I have kept from all these ever since my youth.” 21 And Jesus looked at him and loved him, and said to him “You have one shortcoming: go sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have a fund laid by in heaven; and come and follow me.” 22* But he was dismayed at the words, and went away grieving; for he owned great possessions. 23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples “What hard work the wealthy will have to get into the Reign of God!” 24 and the disciples were amazed at his words; but Jesus answered them again “Children, how hard it is to get into the Reign of God! 25 it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the Reign of God.” 26 And they were extremely astonished, saying to each other “And who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for everything is possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him “We here did leave everything and followed you.” 29 Said Jesus, “I tell you verily, there is nobody who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands on my account and the gospel’s 30 but shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the coming age eternal life. 31 But many of the first will be last, and the last first.” 32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus going ahead of them, and they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. And he took the Twelve with him again and began to tell them the things that were to befall him: 33 “here we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be put into the hands of the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the foreigners, 34 and they will outrage him and spit on him and flog him and kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 35* And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, went to him and said to him “Teacher, we want you to do for us what we shall ask you.” 36 And he said to them “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him “Grant us that we shall sit one on your right hand and one on your left in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them “You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink the cup that I am drinking, or go under the water that I am going under?” 39 And they said to him “We can.” And Jesus said to them “The cup that I am drinking you shall drink, and shall go under the water that I am going under; 40 but the sitting on my right or on my left is not mine to give, but belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And at hearing of it the ten began to be offended with James and John; 42 and Jesus called them to him and said to them “You know that those who are thought to head the nations lord it over them and their great men domineer over them. 43 But it is not so among you, but anyone who wishes to be great among you shall be your serving-man, 44 and anyone who wishes to be first among you shall be everybody’s slave; 45 for so did the Son of Man come not to be waited on but to wait on the needs of others, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was going out of Jericho, and his disciples and a considerable crowd, Bartimeus the son of Timeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside; and, 47 hearing that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out “Jesus, son of David, take pity on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be still; but he cried out more and more “Son of David, take pity on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said “Call him”; and they called the blind man, saying to him “All right, rise, he is calling for you”; 50 and he, throwing off his cloak, sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered him “What do you want me to do for you?” and the blind man said to him “Rabbuni, that I may have my eyesight back.” 52 And Jesus said to him “Go; your faith has made you well,” and at once he recovered his sight and followed him along the road.