Matthew 19; Matthew 20 (Lexham English Bible)

On Divorce

1 And it happened that when Jesus had finished these statements, he went away from Galilee and came into the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 3 And Pharisees came up to him [in order to] test him, and asked if it was permitted for a man to divorce his wife for any cause. 4 And he answered [and] said, "Have you not read that the one who created [them] from the beginning made them male and female 5 and said, 'On account of this a man will leave his father and his mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate." 7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command [us] to give a document--a certificate of divorce--and to divorce her?" 8 He said to them, "Moses, with reference to your hardness of heart, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not like this. 9 Now I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except on the basis of sexual immorality, and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery." 10 The disciples said to him, "If this is the case of a man with his wife, it would be better not to marry!" 11 But he said to them, "Not everyone can accept this saying but [those] to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born as such from [their] mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves [eunuchs] for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept [this], let him accept [it]."

Little Children Brought to Jesus

13 Then children were brought to him so that he could lay his hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, "Allow the children, and do not forbid them to come to me, {for to such belongs} the kingdom of heaven." 15 And he laid his hands on them [and] traveled on from there.

A Rich Young Man

16 And behold, someone came up to him [and] said, "Teacher, what good [thing] must I do so that I will have eternal life?" 17 And he said to him, "Why are you asking me about [what is] good? There is one [who is] good. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments!" 18 He said to him, "Which [ones]?" And Jesus said, "Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and your mother, and love your neighbor as yourself." 20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed. What do I still lack?" 21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give [the proceeds] to the poor--and you will have treasure in heaven--and come, follow me." 22 But [when] the young man heard the statement, he went away sorrowful, because he was one who had many possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I say to you that with difficulty a rich person will enter into the kingdom of heaven! 24 And again I say to you, it is easier [for] a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich person into the kingdom of God." 25 So [when] the disciples heard [this], they were extremely amazed, saying, "Then who can be saved?" 26 But Jesus looked at [them] [and] said to them, "With human beings this is impossible, but with God all [things] [are] possible." 27 Then Peter answered [and] said to him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed you. What then will there be for us?" 28 And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that in the renewal [of the world], when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me--you also will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields on account of my name will receive a hundred times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many [who are] first will be last, and the last first.

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man--the master of the house--who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 And [after] coming to an agreement with the workers for a denarius per day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace. 4 And to those [people] he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will give you whatever is right.' 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth and ninth hour he did the same [thing]. 6 And about the eleventh [hour] he went out [and] found others standing [there] and said to them, 'Why are you standing here the whole day unemployed?' 7 They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You go also into the vineyard.' 8 And [when] evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last up to the first.' 9 And [when] the ones [hired] about the eleventh hour came, they received a denarius apiece. 10 And [when] the first came, they thought that they would receive more, and they also received a denarius apiece. 11 And [when they] received [it], they began to complain against the master of the house, 12 saying, 'These last [people] worked one hour and you made them equal to us who have endured the burden of the day and the burning heat!' 13 But he answered one of them [and] said, 'Friend, I am not doing you wrong. Did you not come to an agreement with me for a denarius? 14 Take [what is] yours and go! But I want to give to this last [person] [the same] as [I gave] to you also. 15 Is it not permitted for me to do whatever I want with [what is] mine? Or is your eye evil because I am generous?' 16 Thus the last will be first and the first last."

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection a Third Time

17 And [as] Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples by themselves and said to them on the way, 18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death, 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock [him] and flog [him] and crucify [him], and on the third day he will be raised."

A Request by the Mother of James and John

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, [and] kneeling down [she] asked something from him. 21 And he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Say that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and one at your left in your kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered [and] said, "You do not know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to him, "We are able." 23 He said to them, "You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but [is] for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." 24 And [when] the ten heard [this], they were indignant concerning the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to himself [and] said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions exercise authority over them. 26 It will not be like this among you! But whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be most prominent among you must be your slave-- 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life [as] a ransom for many."

Two Blind Men Healed at Jericho

29 And [as] they were going out of Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 And behold, [there were] two blind men sitting beside the road. [When they] heard that Jesus was passing by, they called out, saying, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 31 And the crowd rebuked them so that they would be quiet. But they called out all the more, saying, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32 And Jesus stopped, called them, and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33 They said to him, "Lord, that our eyes be opened!" 34 And having compassion, Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they received [their] sight and followed him.
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