Chapter 19

After Jesus finished teaching, he moved across the sea from Galilee to the regions of Judea across the Jordan. 2Huge crowds followed him and he healed them. 3Pharisees came to him to test him saying, “Is it legal for a man to divorce a woman for any reason?” 4Jesus answered, “Haven’t you read that in the beginning God created them male and female? 5And He said, ‘On account of this, a man will leave his father and mother behind and join his wife, and the two will be one flesh.’ 6So that they won’t be two, but one flesh. So what God has brought together man shouldn’t separate.” 7They said to him, “Then why did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and leave her?” 8Jesus said, “Moses allowed y’all to divorce your wife because of your hard heart. But in the beginning it wasn’t like this. 9I say to y’all that whoever divorces his wife, unless she cheated on him, and then marries again commits adultery.

10His disciples said to him, “If that’s the way it is with a man and a woman, then it’s better not to marry.” 11Jesus said, “Not everyone can accept this word, only those it has been given to. 12Because there are eunuchs who are born like that, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who make themselves eunuchs because of Heaven’s Empire. Whoever can accept this should accept it.

13Then some small children were brought to him so he could lay his hands on them and they could pray, but the disciples yelled at them. 14Jesus said, “Let the small children come and don’t hold them back, because Heaven’s Empire belongs to those who are like them.” 15Jesus laid his hands on them and left from there.

16Someone came toward him and said, “Teacher, what good works do I have to do to live forever?” 17Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask me about what’s good? Only one is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18The man says to him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “You will not murder, you will not commit adultery, you will not steal, you will not lie. 19Honor your father and mother, and you will love your neighbor as yourself.” 20The young man says to him, “I follow all of these. What do I still have to do?” 21Jesus said to him, “If you want to be complete, go off, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you’ll have treasure in Heaven. Then come follow me.” 22The man heard this and went off crying because he had a lot of possessions.

23Jesus said to his disciples, “Yes, I tell y’all that it’s hard for a rich man to enter Heaven’s Empire. 24Again I tell y’all, it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into God’s Empire.” 25The disciples heard this and were amazed. They said, “So, who can be saved?” 26Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it isn’t possible, but with God everything is possible.

27Then Peter answered him, “Look, we’ve left everything we have and followed You. What’s our reward?” 28Jesus said to him, “Yes, I tell y’all that in the new beginning when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, all of you who’ve followed me will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or farms because of my name will get back many times more and will inherit eternal life. 30Many who are first will be last and the last will be first.

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