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Matthew 19:1-12 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."