11Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan ; crowdsgatheredaround Him again, and, 2according to His custom, He oncemore began to teach them.
Some Phariseescame up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to adivorce a wife.
And He answered and said to them, "What did Mosescommand you?"4
They said, "3Mosespermitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND bSEND her AWAY."
But Jesussaid to them, "c4Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you thiscommandment.6"But 5from the beginning of creation, God 6MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.7"7FOR THISREASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHERd,88AND THE TWO SHALL BECOMEONEFLESH ; so they are nolongertwo, but oneflesh.9"WhatthereforeGod has joinedtogether, let nomanseparate."10
In the house the disciples began questioning Him aboutthisagain.
And He said to them, "9Whoeveredivorces his wife and marriesanotherwomancommitsadulteryagainst her;12and 10if she herselffdivorces her husband and marriesanotherman, she is committingadultery."
1311And they were bringingchildren to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciplesrebuked them.
But when Jesussaw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; 12for the kingdom of Godbelongs to such as these.15"Truly I say to you, 13whoever does not receive the kingdom of Godlike a child will not enter it at all."16
And He 14took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
1715As He was setting out on a journey, a manran up to Him and 16kneltbefore Him, and asked Him, "GoodTeacher, what shall I do to 17inheriteternallife ?"
And Jesussaid to him, "Why do you call Me good ? Noone is goodexceptGodalone.19"You know the commandments, '18DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMITADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEARFALSEWITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' "20
And he said to Him, "Teacher, I have kept19allthesethings from my youth up."
21Looking at him, Jesusfelt a love for him and said to him, "Onething you lack : go and sellall you possess and give to the poor, and you will have20treasure in heaven ; and come, follow Me."22
But at thesewordsghe was saddened, and he wentawaygrieving, for he was one who ownedmuchproperty.
And Jesus, lookingaround, said to His disciples, "21Howhard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God !"24
The disciples22were amazed at His words. But Jesusansweredagain and said to them, "Children, howhard it is to enter the kingdom of God !25"23It is easier for a camel to gothrough the eye of a needlethan for a richman to enter the kingdom of God."26
They were evenmoreastonished and said to Him, "hThenwhocan be saved ?"
27Looking at them, Jesussaid, "24With people it is impossible, but not with God ; for allthings are possible with God."2825Peterbegan to say to Him, "Behold, we have lefteverything and followed You."
29Jesussaid, "Truly I say to you, 26there is noonewho has lefthouseorbrothersorsistersormotherorfatherorchildrenorfarms, for My sake and for the gospel'ssake,30ibut that he will receive a hundredtimes as muchnow in jthe presentage, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions ; and in 27the age to come, eternallife.31"But 28many who are first will be last, and the last, first."
3229They were on the roadgoing up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they 30were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelveaside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him,
saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and 31the Son of Man will be kdelivered to the chiefpriests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will lhand Him over to the Gentiles.34"They will mock Him and 32spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and threedayslater He will riseagain."35m33James and John, the twosons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You."
And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?"37
They said to Him, "nGrant that we 34may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory."
But Jesussaid to them, "You do not knowwhat you are asking. Are you able35to drink the cup that I drink, or36to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized ?"39
They said to Him, "We are able." And Jesussaid to them, "The cup that I drink37you shall drink ; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40"But to sit on My rightor on My left, this is not Mine to give ; 38but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."4139Hearing this, the tenbegan to feelindignant with oJames and John.
42Calling them to Himself, Jesussaid to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentileslord it over them; and their greatmenexerciseauthorityover them.43"But it is not thiswayamong you, 40but whoeverwishes to becomegreatamong you shall be your servant ;44and whoeverwishes to be firstamong you shall be slave of all.45"For even the Son of Man41did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His plife a ransom for many."
4642Then they came to Jericho. And 43as He was leavingJericho with His disciples and a largecrowd, a blindbeggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.
When he heard that it was Jesus the 44Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, 45Son of David, havemercy on me!"
48Many were sternlytelling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, "46Son of David, havemercy on me!"
And Jesusstopped and said, "Call him here."So they called the blindman, saying to him, "47Takecourage, stand up! He is calling for you."
50Throwingaside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
And answering him, Jesussaid, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blindmansaid to Him, "q48Rabboni, I want to regain my sight !"
And Jesussaid to him, "Go ; 49your faith has rmade you well."Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.