THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
2. After Arriving in Judea
1 And when Jesus finished these words, He departed from Galilee and came into the borders of Judea abeyond the Jordan.
a. Healing the Following Crowd
2 And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
b. Further Temptation by the Fundamentalists
3 aAnd some Pharisees came to Him, 1btesting Him and saying, Is it lawful for a man to 2divorce his wife for any cause?
4 And He answered and said, Have you anot read that 1He who bcreated them from the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall be ajoined to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh''?
6 So then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has yoked together, let man not aseparate.
7 They said to Him, Why then did Moses 1command us to give her a acertificate of divorce and divorce her?
8 He said to them, Moses, because of your ahardness of heart, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the 1beginning it has not been so.
9 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for 1fornication, and marries another, commits aadultery; 2and he who marries her who has been divorced commits adultery.
10 His disciples said to Him, If the case of the man with his wife is 1like this, it is not profitable to marry.
11 And He said to them, 1Not all men can 2accept this word, but only those to whom it has been agiven.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born so from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs 1who made themselves eunuchs abecause of the 2kingdom of the heavens. He who can accept it, let him accept it.
c. Laying Hands on the Children
13 aThen little children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray, but the disciples brebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Allow the little children and do not prevent them from coming to Me, for aof 1such is the kingdom of the heavens.
15 And after He laid His hands on them, He went on from there.
d. The Way for a Rich Man to Enter into the Kingdom
16 aAnd behold, someone came to Him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may 1have beternal life?
17 And He said to him, Why do you ask Me concerning what is good? There is only 1One who is 2agood. But if you want to 3benter into life, 4ckeep the commandments.
18 He said to Him, Which ones? And Jesus said, "You shall anot murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness;
19 aHonor your father and mother; and you shall blove your neighbor as yourself.''
20 The young man said to Him, All these things I have kept. What do I still lack?
21 Jesus said to him, If you want to be 1aperfect, go, bsell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have ctreasure in the heavens; and come, 2dfollow Me.
22 But the young man, hearing this word, went away 1sorrowing, for he had many possessions.
23 aAnd Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, Only with difficulty will a brich man enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
24 And again I say to you, It is 1easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the akingdom of 2God.
25 And when the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, Who then can be 1saved?
26 And looking upon them, Jesus said to them, With men this is 1impossible, but with God all things are 1apossible.
e. The Reward of the Kingdom
27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, Behold, we have left all and afollowed You. What then will there be for us?
28 And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the 1arestoration, when the bSon of Man sits on the cthrone of His glory, you also shall dsit on twelve thrones, 2ejudging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has left houses or abrothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My name's sake shall 1receive 2a hundred times as much and shall 3inherit beternal life.
30 But many 1afirst will be last, and many last first.