When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan.
Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?"
"Haven't you read," He replied, "that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female ,
and He also said: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh ?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate."
"Why then," they asked Him, "did Moses command [us] to give divorce papers and to send her away?"
He told them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. But it was not like that from the beginning.
And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."
His disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it's better not to marry!"
But He told them, "Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those it has been given to.
For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."
Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.
Then Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this."
After putting His hands on them, He went on from there.
Just then someone came up and asked Him, "Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?"
"Why do you ask Me about what is good?" He said to him. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."
"Which ones?" he asked Him. Jesus answered, Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.
"I have kept all these," the young man told Him. "What do I still lack?"
"If you want to be perfect," Jesus said to him, "go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."
When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven!
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, "Then who can be saved?"
But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Then Peter responded to Him, "Look, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?"
Jesus said to them, "I assure you: In the Messianic Age, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
When he went out about nine in the morning, he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.
To those men he said, 'You also go to my vineyard, and I'll give you whatever is right.' So off they went.
About noon and at three, he went out again and did the same thing.
Then about five he went and found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?'
" 'Because no one hired us,' they said to him. " 'You also go to my vineyard,' he told them.
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, 'Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.'
"When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius.
So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each.
When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner:
'These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day and the burning heat!'
"He replied to one of them, 'Friend, I'm doing you no wrong. Didn't you agree with me on a denarius?
Take what's yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you.
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I'm generous?'
"So the last will be first, and the first last."
While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way:
"Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death.
Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and He will be resurrected on the third day."
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons approached Him with her sons. She knelt down to ask Him for something.
"What do you want?" He asked her. "Promise," she said to Him, "that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and the other on Your left, in Your kingdom."
But Jesus answered, "You don't know what you're asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" "We are able," they said to Him.
He told them, "You will indeed drink My cup. But to sit at My right and left is not Mine to give; instead, it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared by My Father."
When the 10 [disciples] heard this, they became indignant with the two brothers.
But Jesus called them over and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them.
It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave;
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-a ransom for many."
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
There were two blind men sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"
The crowd told them to keep quiet, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!"
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?"
"Lord," they said to Him, "open our eyes!"
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed Him.