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Matthew 19:1-30

19  And when Jesus had finished these words he took his departure from Galilee and came into the Jewish territory on the other side of the Jordan; 2  and great crowds followed him, and he cured them there. 3  And Pharisees approached him to put him to a test, saying “is it lawful to divorce one’s wife on every ground?” 4*  And he answered “Have you not read that their Creator made them male and female from the first 5  and said ‘On this account a man shall leave his father and mother and form a connection with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6  so that they are no longer two but one flesh. So let not a man part what God has joined.” 7  They said to him “Then why did Moses command that one should give her a certificate of separation and divorce her?” 8  He said to them “Because in view of your obduracy Moses did permit you to divorce your wives; but from the first it has not been so. 9  But I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, not for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10  The disciples said to him “If a man’s predicament with his wife is like that, it is not well to marry.” 11*  But he said to them “Not all can live up to those words, but they to whom it is given. 12*  For there are eunuchs who were originally born so, and there are eunuchs who were made such by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves such on account of the Reign of Heaven. Let him live up to it who can.” 13  Then there were brought to him children to have him lay his hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked them. 14  But Jesus said “Let the children alone, and do not interfere with their coming to me, for to such belongs the Reign of Heaven.” 15  And he laid his hands on them, and went on his way. 16  And there came one to him and said “Teacher, what good thing shall I do to have eternal life?” 17  And he said to him “Why do you ask me about the good? One is the Good. But if you want to pass into life, keep the commandments.” 18  He said to him “Which?” And Jesus said “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not give false testimony,’ 19  ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20  The young man said to him “I have kept all these; what am I still deficient in?” 21  Jesus said to him “If you want to be thorough, go; sell everything you have and give the money to poor men, and you shall have a fund laid by in heaven; and come and follow me.” 22  But at hearing the words the young man went away grieving; for he owned great possessions. 23  And Jesus said to his disciples “I tell you verily that a rich man will have hard work to get into the Reign of Heaven. 24  And I tell you again: it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the Reign of God.” 25  And at hearing it the disciples showed great astonishment, saying “Then who can be saved?” 26  but Jesus looked at them and said “With men this is impossible, but with God everything is possible.” 27  Then Peter answered him “We here did leave everything and followed you; then what shall we have?” 28  And Jesus said to them “I tell you verily that you who have followed me shall at the rebirth, when the Son of Man sits on his throne of glory, sit on twelve thrones yourselves, judging the twelve tribes of Israel; 29*  and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands on account of my name shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life. 30  But many of the first will be last, and of the last first.

Footnotes

19:4 Var. their Maker
19:11 Lit. Not all have room for
19:12 Lit. find room for it who can
19:29 Var. puts houses after lands