After Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went southward to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River.
Vast crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick.
Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for any reason?"
4"Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied. "They record that from the beginning 'God made them male and female.' a5
And he said, 'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.' b6Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together."7
"Then why did Moses say a man could merely write an official letter of divorce and send her away?" c they asked.
Jesus replied, "Moses permitted divorce as a concession to your hard-hearted wickedness, but it was not what God had originally intended. 9And I tell you this, a man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery -- unless his wife has been unfaithful. d "10
Jesus' disciples then said to him, "Then it is better not to marry!"
11"Not everyone can accept this statement," Jesus said. "Only those whom God helps.12Some are born as eunuchs, some have been made that way by others, and some choose not to marry for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let anyone who can, accept this statement."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)