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Matthew 19

ESV 1 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. MSG 1 When Jesus had completed these teachings, he left Galilee and crossed the region of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. ESV 2 And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. MSG 2 Great crowds followed him there, and he healed them. ESV 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?" MSG 3 One day the Pharisees were badgering him: "Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?" ESV 4 He answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, MSG 4 He answered, "Haven't you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? ESV 5 and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? MSG 5 And because of this, a man leaves father and mother and is firmly bonded to his wife, becoming one flesh - no longer two bodies but one. ESV 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." MSG 6 Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart." ESV 7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?" MSG 7 They shot back in rebuttal, "If that's so, why did Moses give instructions for divorce papers and divorce procedures?" ESV 8 He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. MSG 8 Jesus said, "Moses provided for divorce as a concession to your hardheartedness, but it is not part of God's original plan. ESV 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery." MSG 9 I'm holding you to the original plan, and holding you liable for adultery if you divorce your faithful wife and then marry someone else. I make an exception in cases where the spouse has committed adultery." ESV 10 The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." MSG 10 Jesus' disciples objected, "If those are the terms of marriage, we're stuck. Why get married?" ESV 11 But he said to them, "Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. MSG 11 But Jesus said, "Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn't for everyone. ESV 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. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it." MSG 12 Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked - or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you're capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it." ESV 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, MSG 13 One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. ESV 14 but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." MSG 14 But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." ESV 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away. MSG 15 After laying hands on them, he left. ESV 16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?" MSG 16 Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?" ESV 17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." MSG 17 Jesus said, "Why do you question me about what's good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you." ESV 18 He said to him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, MSG 18 The man asked, "What in particular?" Jesus said, "Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie, ESV 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." MSG 19 honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself." ESV 20 The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. What do I still lack?" MSG 20 The young man said, "I've done all that. What's left?" ESV 21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." MSG 21 "If you want to give it all you've got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me." ESV 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. MSG 22 That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn't bear to let go. ESV 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. MSG 23 As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God's kingdom? ESV 24 Again I tell you, 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." MSG 24 Let me tell you, it's easier to gallop a camel through a needle's eye than for the rich to enter God's kingdom." ESV 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" MSG 25 The disciples were staggered. "Then who has any chance at all?" ESV 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." MSG 26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it." ESV 27 Then Peter said in reply, "See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?" MSG 27 Then Peter chimed in, "We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?" ESV 28 Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world,when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. MSG 28 Jesus replied, "Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. ESV 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. MSG 29 And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields - whatever - because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. ESV 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first. MSG 30 This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.

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