When Jesus had finished saying these things,1 he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan.
Large crowds followed him, and he healed them2 there.
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife3 for any and every reason?"
4"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,'a45and 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'b ?56So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."7
"Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?"68
Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."710
The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry."
Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given.812For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others have been made eunuchs; and others have renounced marriagec because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."