THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
23. Coming to Judea
1 And He rose up afrom there and came into the 1borders of Judea and bbeyond the Jordan; and again crowds came together to Him, and as He was accustomed, again He 2taught them.
24. Teaching against Divorce
2 1And some 2Pharisees came and asked Him whether it was lawful for a man to 3divorce a wife, so as to atempt Him.
3 And He answered and said to them, What did Moses command you?
4 And they said, Moses allowed us to write a acertificate of divorce and divorce her.
5 And Jesus said to them, Because of your ahardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you.
6 But from the abeginning of creation, He bmade them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother 1and shall be ajoined to his wife;
8 And the two shall be aone flesh. So then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 Therefore what God has ayoked together, let man not bseparate.
10 And in the house the disciples questioned Him again concerning this.
11 And He said to them, Whoever adivorces his wife and marries another commits badultery against her.
12 And if she adivorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
25. Blessing Little Children
13 And they abrought little children to Him so that He might touch them, but the disciples brebuked them.
14 But Jesus, seeing it, was 1indignant and said to them, 2Allow the alittle children to come to Me. Do bnot forbid them, for of 3such is the ckingdom of God.
15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the akingdom of God like a blittle child shall by no means enter into it.
16 And ataking them into His arms, He fervently blessed them, blaying His hands on them.
26. Teaching concerning the Rich
and the Entrance into the Kingdom of God
17 1And as He went out into the road, someone ran to Him and akneeling before Him basked Him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit ceternal life?
18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? aNo one is good except One -- bGod.
19 You know the commandments: a"Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.''
20 And he said to Him, Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.
21 And Jesus, alooking upon him, was 1bmoved with love for him and said to him, One thing you lack: go; the things you have, csell and give to the poor, and you will have dtreasure in heaven; and come, efollow 2Me.
22 And at the word his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowing, for he ahad many possessions.
23 And Jesus, alooking around, said to His disciples, How difficult it will be for those who have briches to enter into the ckingdom of God!
24 And the disciples were aamazed at His words. But Jesus again answered and said to them, bChildren, how difficult it is 1for those who trust in riches to center into the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 But they were aastonished beyond measure and said 1among themselves, Then who can be saved?
27 aLooking upon them, Jesus said, With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are bpossible with God.
28 Peter began to say to Him, Behold, we have left all and afollowed You.
29 Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the agospel's sake,
30 But that he shall receive a hundred atimes as much now at this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, with bpersecutions, and in the ccoming age, deternal 1life.
31 But many afirst will be last, and the last first.
27. Unveiling His Death and Resurrection
the Third Time
32 Now they were on the road, agoing up to bJerusalem, and Jesus led the way before them. And they were camazed, and those who followed were afraid. And He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that were about to happen to Him:
33 Behold, we are going up to aJerusalem, and the Son of Man will be 1delivered to the chief priests and to the 2scribes. And they will condemn Him to 3bdeath and deliver Him to the Gentiles,
34 And they will amock Him and bspit at Him and cscourge Him, and they will dkill Him. And after three days He will rise.
28. Teaching concerning the Way to the Throne
35 1And James and John, the sons of aZebedee, came to Him, saying to Him, Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we bask You.
36 And He said to them, What do you want Me to ado for you?
37 And they said to Him, Grant to us to asit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your bglory.
38 But Jesus said to them, You do anot know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the 1bcup which I drink, or to be baptized with the 1baptism with which I am baptized?
39 And they said to Him, We are able. And Jesus said to them, The cup which I drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you shall be baptized.
40 But to sit on My right or on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.
41 And when the ten heard this, they began to be indignant concerning James and John.
42 And Jesus called them to Him and asaid to them, You know that those who are esteemed as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wants to become agreat among you shall be your servant,
44 And whoever wants to be first among you shall be the aslave of all.
45 For even the 1Son of Man did not come to be served, but to aserve and to bgive His 2life as a 3cransom for dmany.
29. Healing Bartimaeus
46 And they acame to bJericho. And as He was going out from Jericho, as well as His disciples and a large crowd, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a 1cblind beggar, sat by the road.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus the aNazarene, he began to cry out and say, Jesus, 1bSon of David, have cmercy on me!
48 And many arebuked him so that he would be silent, but he cried out much more, Son of David, have mercy on me!
49 And Jesus, standing still, said, 1Call him here. And they called the blind man, saying to him, Take courage. Rise. He is calling you.
50 And throwing his garment aside, he leaped up and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered him and said, 1What do you want Me to ado for you? And the blind man said to Him, bRabboni, that I may receive my sight!
52 And Jesus said to him, Go; your afaith has 1healed you. And bimmediately he received his sight and followed Him on the road.