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Matthew 19:1-12 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; 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 and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.
3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?" 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 He answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning 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 said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 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 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?" 7 "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"
8 He said to them, "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 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 say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery." 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
10 The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient 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 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 11 Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.
12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it." 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."