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1 From there he went to the area of Judea across the Jordan. A crowd of people, as was so often the case, went along, and he, as he so often did, taught them. 1 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
2 Pharisees came up, intending to give him a hard time. They asked, "Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife?" 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
3 Jesus said, "What did Moses command?" 3 "What did Moses command you?" he replied.
4 They answered, "Moses gave permission to fill out a certificate of dismissal and divorce her." 4 They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."
5 Jesus said, "Moses wrote this command only as a concession to your hardhearted ways. 5 "It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.
6 In the original creation, God made male and female to be together. 6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'
7 Because of this, a man leaves father and mother, and in marriage 7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
8 he becomes one flesh with a woman - no longer two individuals, but forming a new unity. 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one.
9 Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart." 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
10 When they were back home, the disciples brought it up again. 10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
11 Jesus gave it to them straight: "A man who divorces his wife so he can marry someone else commits adultery against her. 11 He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
12 And a woman who divorces her husband so she can marry someone else commits adultery." 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."
13 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
14 The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: "Don't push these children away. Don't ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. 14 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.
15 Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
16 Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them. 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
17 As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, "Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?" 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
18 Jesus said, "Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. 18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat, honor your father and mother." 19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.' "
20 He said, "Teacher, I have - from my youth - kept them all!" 20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
21 Jesus looked him hard in the eye - and loved him! He said, "There's one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me." 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22 The man's face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go. 22 At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Looking at his disciples, Jesus said, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who 'have it all' to enter God's kingdom?" 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
24 The disciples couldn't believe what they were hearing, but Jesus kept on: "You can't imagine how difficult. 24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
25 I'd say it's easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for the rich to get into God's kingdom." 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 That set the disciples back on their heels. "Then who has any chance at all?" they asked. 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?"
27 Jesus was blunt: "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you let God do it." 27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
28 Peter tried another angle: "We left everything and followed you." 28 Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!"
29 Jesus said, "Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land - whatever - because of me and the Message 29 "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel
30 will lose out. They'll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land - but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life! 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
31 This is once again the Great Reversal: Many who are first will end up last, and the last first." 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first."
32 Back on the road, they set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had a head start on them, and they were following, puzzled and not just a little afraid. He took the Twelve and began again to go over what to expect next. 32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.
33 "Listen to me carefully. We're on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Romans, 33 "We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles,
34 who will mock and spit on him, give him the third degree, and kill him. After three days he will rise alive." 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise."
35 James and John, Zebedee's sons, came up to him. "Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us." 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask."
36 "What is it? I'll see what I can do." 36 "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
37 "Arrange it," they said, "so that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your glory - one of us at your right, the other at your left." 37 They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory."
38 Jesus said, "You have no idea what you're asking. Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I'm about to be plunged into?" 38 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"
39 "Sure," they said. "Why not?" 39 "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,
40 But as to awarding places of honor, that's not my business. There are other arrangements for that." 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared."
41 When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
42 Jesus got them together to settle things down. "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around," he said, "and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. 42 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
43 It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
44 Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
45 That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served - and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage." 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
46 They spent some time in Jericho. As Jesus was leaving town, trailed by his disciples and a parade of people, a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting alongside the road. 46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.
47 When he heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, "Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!" 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
48 Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder, "Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!" 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49 Jesus stopped in his tracks. "Call him over." 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you."
50 Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus. 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 Jesus said, "What can I do for you?" The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
52 "On your way," said Jesus. "Your faith has saved and healed you." In that very instant he recovered his sight and followed Jesus down the road. 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.