Jesus' Teaching about Divorce

1 1Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, 2according to His custom, He once more began to teach them.

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      2 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.

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        • a 10:2 - Or "send away"
          3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"
          4 They said, "3Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY."

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          5 But Jesus said to them, "4Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

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            • c 10:5 - Or "With reference to"
              6 "But 5from the beginning of creation, God 6MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.

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                • d 10:7 - Many late mss add "and shall cling to his wife"
                  8 8AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME * ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.

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                  10 In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again.
                  11 And He said to them, "9Whoever * divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her;

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                    • e 10:11 - Or "sends away"
                      12 and 10if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."

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                      Jesus Blesses Little Children

                      13 11And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.

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                      14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; 12for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

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                      15 "Truly I say to you, 13whoever * does not receive the kingdom of God like 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.

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                      The Rich Young Ruler

                      17 15As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and 16knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to 17inherit eternal life?"
                      18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
                      19 "You know the commandments, '18DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' "

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                      20 And he said to Him, "Teacher, I have kept 19all these things from my youth up."

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                      21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have 20treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

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                      22 But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.

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                        • g 10:22 - Or "he became gloomy"
                          23 And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, "21How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!"

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                          24 The disciples 22were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

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                          25 "23It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

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                          26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, "Then who can be saved?"

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                              27 Looking at them, Jesus said, "24With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."

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                              28 25Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You."

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                              29 Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, 26there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake,

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                              30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in 27the age to come, eternal life.

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                                • i 10:30 - Lit "if not"
                                • j 10:30 - Lit "this time"
                                  31 "But 28many who are first will be last, and the last, first."

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