Matthew 19



On Divorce

1 When Jesus had finished these words, He departed from Galilee and came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan;

1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;

1 When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan.

1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the territory of Judea on the other side of the Jordan.

1 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, He left Galilee and went into the part of Judea that is beyond the Jordan;

2 and large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.

2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

2 Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.

2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

2 And great throngs accompanied Him, and He cured them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?"

3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

3 Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?"

3 Some Pharisees came to him in order to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?"

3 And Pharisees came to Him and put Him to the test by asking, Is it lawful and right to dismiss and repudiate and divorce one's wife for any and every cause?

4 And He answered and said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

4 "Haven't you read," He replied, "that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female ,

4 He answered them, "Haven't you read that the one who made them at the beginning "made them male and female'

4 He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female,

5 and said, 'FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH'?

5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

5 and He also said: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh ?

5 and said, "That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?

5 And said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly (joined inseparably) to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

6 "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate."

6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate."

6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder (separate).

7 They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?"

7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

7 "Why then," they asked Him, "did Moses command [us] to give divorce papers and to send her away?"

7 They asked him, "Why, then, did Moses order us "to give a certificate of divorce and divorce her'?"

7 They said to Him, Why then did Moses command [us] to give a certificate of divorce and thus to dismiss and repudiate a wife?

8 He said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

8 He told them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. But it was not like that from the beginning.

8 He told them, "It was because of your hardness of heart that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives. But from the beginning it was not this way.

8 He said to them, Because of the hardness (stubbornness and perversity) of your hearts Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].

9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

9 And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery."

9 I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."

9 I say to you: whoever dismisses (repudiates, divorces) his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

10 The disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry."

10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

10 His disciples said to Him, "If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it's better not to marry!"

10 His disciples asked him, "If that is the relationship of a man with his wife, it's not worth getting married!"

10 The disciples said to Him, If the case of a man with his wife is like this, it is neither profitable nor advisable to marry.

11 But He said to them, "Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.

11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.

11 But He told them, "Not everyone can accept this saying, but only those it has been given to.

11 "Not everyone can accept this saying," he replied, "except those to whom celibacy has been granted,

11 But He said to them, Not all men can accept this saying, but it is for those to whom [the capacity to receive] it has been given.

12 "For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."

12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb, there are eunuchs who were made by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way because of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."

12 because some men are celibate from birth, while some are celibate because they have been made that way by others. Still others are celibate because they have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom from heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."

12 For there are eunuchs who have been born incapable of marriage; and there are eunuchs who have been made so by men; and there are eunuchs who have made themselves incapable of marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him who is able to accept this accept it.

Little Children Brought To Jesus

13 Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them.

13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

13 Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.

13 Then some little children were brought to him so that he might lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

13 Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

14 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

14 Then Jesus said, "Leave the children alone, and don't try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this."

14 Jesus, however, said, "Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these."

14 But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.

15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.

15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

15 After putting His hands on them, He went on from there.

15 When he had laid his hands on them, he went on from there.

15 And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way.

A Rich Young Man

16 And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?"

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

16 Just then someone came up and asked Him, "Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?"

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what good deed should I do to have eternal life?"

16 And behold, there came a man up to Him, saying, Teacher, what excellent and perfectly and essentially good deed must I do to possess eternal life?

17 And He said to him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

17 "Why do you ask Me about what is good?" He said to him. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."

17 Jesus asked him, "Why ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to get into that life, you must keep the commandments."

17 And He said to him, Why do you ask Me about the perfectly and essentially good? There is only One Who is good [perfectly and essentially] -- "God. If you would enter into the Life, you must continually keep the commandments.

18 Then he said to Him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER; YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; YOU SHALL NOT STEAL; YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS;

18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

18 "Which ones?" he asked Him. Jesus answered, Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness;

18 The young man asked him, "Which ones?"

18 He said to Him, What sort of commandments? [Or, which ones?] And Jesus answered, You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,

19 HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER; and YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."

19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

19 honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.

19 Jesus said, ""You must not murder, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and, "you must love your neighbor as yourself.'"

19 Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

20 The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?"

20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

20 "I have kept all these," the young man told Him. "What do I still lack?"

20 The young man told him, "I have kept all of these. What do I still lack?"

20 The young man said, I have observed all these from my youth; what still do I lack?

21 Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

21 "If you want to be perfect," Jesus said to him, "go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."

21 Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me."

21 Jesus answered him, If you would be perfect [that is, have that spiritual maturity which accompanies self-sacrificing character], go and sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; and come, be My disciple [side with My party and follow Me].

22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

22 When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

22 But when the young man heard this statement he went away sad, because he had many possessions.

22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad (grieved and in much distress), for he had great possessions.

Possessions And The Kingdom

23 And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven!

23 Then Jesus told his disciples, "I tell all of you with certainty, it will be hard for a rich person to get into the kingdom from heaven.

23 And Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven.

24 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

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."

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into the kingdom of God."

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven.

25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?"

25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, "Then who can be saved?"

25 When the disciples heard this, they were completely astonished. "Who, then, can be saved?" they asked.

25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly puzzled (astonished, bewildered), saying, Who then can be saved [ from eternal death]?

26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, "For humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."

26 But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.

27 Then Peter said to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?"

27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

27 Then Peter responded to Him, "Look, we have left everything and followed You. So what will there be for us?"

27 "Look!" Peter replied. "We have left everything and followed you. So what will we get?"

27 Then Peter answered Him, saying, Behold, we have left [our] all and have become Your disciples [sided with Your party and followed You]. What then shall we receive?

28 And Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

28 Jesus said to them, "I assure you: In the Messianic Age, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.

28 Jesus told them, "I tell all of you with certainty, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the renewed creation, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, governing the twelve tribes of Israel.

28 Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, in the new age [the Messianic rebirth of the world], when the Son of Man shall sit down on the throne of His glory, you who have [become My disciples, sided with My party and] followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.

29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

29 And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life.

29 In fact, everyone who has left his homes, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children, or fields because of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

29 And anyone 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 many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life.

30 "But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

30 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first."

30 But many who [now] are first will be last [then], and many who [now] are last will be first [then].



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