Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan.1 Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.22
Some Pharisees3 came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
3"What did Moses command you?" he replied.
They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."45"It was because your hearts were hard5 that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.
6"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'a67'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,b8and the two will become one flesh.'c7 So they are no longer two, but one.9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."10
When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.812And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."9
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.1015I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."1116
And he took the children in his arms,12 put his hands on them and blessed them.