And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these words, he
removed from Galilee, and did come to the borders of Judea, beyond the Jordan,
and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there.
And the Pharisees came near to him, tempting him, and saying
to him, 'Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?'
And he answering said to them, 'Did ye not read, that He who
made them, from the beginning a male and a female made them,
and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and
mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall be -- the two -- for one flesh?
so that they are no more two, but one flesh; what therefore
God did join together, let no man put asunder.'
They say to him, 'Why then did Moses command to give a roll
of divorce, and to put her away?'
He saith to them -- 'Moses for your stiffness of heart did
suffer you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it hath not been so.
'And I say to you, that, whoever may put away his wife, if
not for whoredom, and may marry another, doth commit adultery; and he who did
marry her that hath been put away, doth commit adultery.'
His disciples say to him, 'If the case of the man with the
woman is so, it is not good to marry.'
And he said to them, 'All do not receive this word, but
those to whom it hath been given;
for there are eunuchs who from the mother's womb were so
born; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs
who kept themselves eunuchs because of the reign of the heavens: he who is able
to receive it -- let him receive.'
Then were brought near to him children that he might put
hands on them and pray, and the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, 'Suffer the children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me, for of such is the reign of the heavens;'
and having laid on them his hands, he departed
And lo, one having come near, said to him, 'Good teacher,
what good thing shall I do, that I may have life age-during?'
And he said to him, 'Why me dost thou call good? no one is
good except One -- God; but if thou dost will to enter into the life, keep the
He saith to him, 'What kind?' And Jesus said, 'Thou shalt
not kill, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not
bear false witness,
honour thy father and mother, and, thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself.'
The young man saith to him, 'All these did I keep from my
youth; what yet do I lack?'
Jesus said to him, 'If thou dost will to be perfect, go
away, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure
in heaven, and come, follow me.'
And the young man, having heard the word, went away
sorrowful, for he had many possessions;
and Jesus said to his disciples, 'Verily I say to you, that
hardly shall a rich man enter into the reign of the heavens;
and again I say to you, it is easier for a camel through the
eye of a needle to go, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.'
And his disciples having heard, were amazed exceedingly,
saying, 'Who, then, is able to be saved?'
And Jesus having earnestly beheld, said to them, 'With men
this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'
Then Peter answering said to him, 'Lo, we did leave all, and
follow thee, what then shall we have?'
And Jesus said to them, 'Verily I say to you, that ye who
did follow me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man may sit upon a throne
of his glory, shall sit -- ye also -- upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve
tribes of Israel;
and every one who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or
father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my name's sake, an
hundredfold shall receive, and life age-during shall inherit;
and many first shall be last, and last first.