Marriage and Divorce
1Now it came to pass, #Matt. 19:1–9; Mark 10:1–12; John 10:40when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2#Matt. 12:15And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
3The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
4And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning #Gen. 1:27; 5:2; (Mal. 2:15)‘made them male and female,’ 5and said, #Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:5–9; Eph. 5:31‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and #(1 Cor. 6:16; 7:2)the two shall become one flesh’? 6So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
7They said to Him, #Deut. 24:1–4; Matt. 5:31“Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
8He said to them, “Moses, because of the #Heb. 3:15hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your #Mal. 2:16wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9#(Matt. 5:32); Mark 10:11; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
10His disciples said to Him, #(Prov. 21:19)“If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
Jesus Teaches on Celibacy
11But He said to them, #(1 Cor. 7:2, 7, 9, 17)“All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: 12For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and #(1 Cor. 7:32)there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13#Matt. 20:31; Mark 10:13; Luke 18:15Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for #Matt. 18:3, 4; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17; (1 Cor. 14:20; 1 Pet. 2:2)of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
16#Matt. 19:16–29; Mark 10:17–30; Luke 18:18–30Now behold, one came and said to Him, #Luke 10:25“Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is #Ps. 25:8; 34:8; Nah. 1:7; (Rom. 2:4)good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, #Lev. 18:5; Deut. 4:40; 6:17; 7:11; 11:22; 28:9; Neh. 9:29; Ezek. 20:21; (Gal. 3:10)keep the commandments.”
18He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, #Ex. 20:13–16; Deut. 5:17–20“‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19#Ex. 20:12–16; Deut. 5:16–20; Matt. 15:4‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, #Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:39; (Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; James 2:8)‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
20The young man said to Him, “All these things I have #(Phil. 3:6, 7)kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
21Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, #Matt. 6:20; Luke 12:33; Acts 2:45; 4:34, 35; 1 Tim. 6:18, 19go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible
23Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that #(Matt. 13:22); Mark 10:24; 1 Cor. 1:26; (1 Tim. 6:9)it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
26But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but #Gen. 18:14; Num. 11:23; Job 42:2; Is. 59:1; Jer. 32:17; Zech. 8:6; Luke 1:37with God all things are possible.”
27Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, #Deut. 33:9; Matt. 4:20; Luke 5:11we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
28So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, #Matt. 20:21; Luke 22:28–30; (1 Cor. 6:2; Rev. 2:26)you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29#(Matt. 6:33); Mark 10:29, 30; Luke 18:29, 30And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30#(Matt. 20:16; 21:31, 32); Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30But many who are first will be last, and the last first.