The Gospel According to Matthew Chapter 19:1-30
Matthew 19:1 When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.
Matthew 19:2 Great crowds followed him, and he cured them there.
Matthew 19:3 Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"
Matthew 19:4 He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'
Matthew 19:5 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'?
Matthew 19:6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
Matthew 19:7 They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?"
Matthew 19:8 He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Matthew 19:9 I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."
Matthew 19:10 [His] disciples said to him, "If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry."
Matthew 19:11 He answered, "Not all can accept [this] word, but only those to whom that is granted.
Matthew 19:12 Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."
Matthew 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,
Matthew 19:14 but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:15 After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
Matthew 19:16 Now someone approached him and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?"
Matthew 19:17 He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."
Matthew 19:18 He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness;
Matthew 19:19 honor your father and your mother'; and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
Matthew 19:20 The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
Matthew 19:22 When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Matthew 19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:24 Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
Matthew 19:25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, "Who then can be saved?"
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:27 Then Peter said to him in reply, "We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?"
Matthew 19:28 Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.
Matthew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.