Matthew 19 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
2 Vast crowds followed him there, and he healed their sick. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for any reason?" 3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?"
4 "Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied. "They record that from the beginning 'God made them male and female.' 4 "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'
5 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.' 5 and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ?
6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together." 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
7 "Then why did Moses say a man could merely write an official letter of divorce and send her away?" they asked. 7 "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
8 Jesus replied, "Moses permitted divorce as a concession to your hard-hearted wickedness, but it was not what God had originally intended. 8 Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
9 And I tell you this, a man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery -- unless his wife has been unfaithful. " 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
10 Jesus' disciples then said to him, "Then it is better not to marry!" 10 The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
11 "Not everyone can accept this statement," Jesus said. "Only those whom God helps. 11 Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
12 Some 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." 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
13 Some children were brought to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples told them not to bother him. 13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
15 And he put his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: "Teacher, what good things must I do to have eternal life?" 16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17 "Why ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "Only God is good. But to answer your question, you can receive eternal life if you keep the commandments." 17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
18 "Which ones?" the man asked.And Jesus replied: "'Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not testify falsely. 18 "Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,
19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.' " 19 honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' "
20 "I've obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else must I do?" 20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21 Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 21 Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22 But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions. 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 I say it again -- it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!" 24 Again I tell you, 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."
25 The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked. 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." 26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
27 Then Peter said to him, "We've given up everything to follow you. What will we get out of it?" 27 Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"
28 And Jesus replied, "I assure you that when I, the Son of Man, sit upon my glorious throne in the Kingdom, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
30 But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.