1 When Jesus had finished this discourse, He left Galilee and went into the district of Judea that is on the other side of the Jordan. 2 And great crowds thronged after Him, and He cured them there. 3 And some Pharisees came up to Him, to try Him out with the question, "Is it right for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?"
4 And He answered, "Have you not read that the Creator at the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, 'For this reason a man must leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two of them must be one!'
6 So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, what God has joined together man must stop separating."
7 Then they asked Him, "Why did Moses command us to give a written divorce charge, and in this way to divorce a wife?"
8 He answered them, "It was because of your moral perversity that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not so from the beginning. 9 I tell you, whoever divorces his wife for any other cause than her unfaithfulness, and marries another woman, commits adultery."
10 The disciples said to Him, "If that is a man's relation to his wife, there is no advantage in getting married."
11 He said to them, "It is not every man who has the capacity to carry out this saying, but it is for those to whom the capacity has been given. 12 For some are born incapable of marriage, and some have been made so by men, and some have made themselves so for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let him accept it who can."
13 After that some little children were brought to Him, for Him to lay His hands on them and pray for them, but His disciples reproved those who brought them. 14 But Jesus said, "Let the little children alone, and stop preventing them from coming to me, for to such as these the kingdom of heaven belongs." 15 And He laid His hands on them and left there.
16 And a man came up to Him and asked, "What is there good that I can do to possess eternal life?"
17 And He answered him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is perfectly good. But if you want to get into that life, you must practice keeping the commandments."
18 He asked Him, "What sort of commandments?" Jesus answered, "You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not lie, 19 You must practice honoring your father and mother. And you must love your neighbor as you do yourself."
20 The young man said, "I have kept all these commandments; what more do I lack?"
21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come back here and follow me."
22 And when the young man heard that, he went away in deep distress, for he owned a great deal of property.
23 Jesus said to His disciples, "I solemnly say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of heaven."
25 But when the disciples heard this, they were dumbfounded, and asked, "Who then can be saved!"
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, "This is impossible for men, but anything is possible for God."
27 Then Peter answered Him, "We have left everything we had and followed you. What then are we to get?"
28 Jesus said to them: "I solemnly say to you, in the new order of life, when the Son of Man shall take His seat on His glorious throne, you too, who have followed me, will sit on twelve thrones, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has given up home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms, for my sake, will receive many times as much, and in addition will be in possession of eternal life. 30 But many who are first now will be last then, and many who are last now will be first then."