1Jesus 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.2Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”3“What did Moses command you?” he replied.4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”5“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.6“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’7‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,8and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh.9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”10When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.11He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
13People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.14When 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.15Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”16And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
17As 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“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”21Jesus 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.”22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it isto enter the kingdom of God!25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
1These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs:2“The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.3The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,4he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’5“If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.6But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.7Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie.”
8These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.9Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the Israelites retreated,10but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.11Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them.12But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.13During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.14At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.15David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”16So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD.17“Far be it from me, LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.18Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.19Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them.20Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.21And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.22Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.23He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.24Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,26Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,27Abiezer from Anathoth, Sibbekai the Hushathite,28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,29Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash,31Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan33son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,34Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,35Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,36Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri,37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite39and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.
1The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.3Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”4For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods.5Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.