¶ AND he departed from thence, and came to the border of Judea at the crossing of the Jordan;
and a great many people went to him there, and he taught them again as he was accustomed to do.
And the Pharisees came to him, tempting him and asking, Is it lawful for a man to leave his wife?
He said to them, What did Moses command you?
They said, Moses gave us permission to write a letter of separation, and then to divorce.
Jesus answered, saying to them, It was because of the hardness of your heart that he wrote for you this particular law.
But from the very beginning God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife.
And both shall be one flesh;
henceforth they are not two, but one flesh.
What therefore God has joined, let no man separate.
And his disciples again asked him about this in the house.
And he said to them, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.
And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
¶ And they brought little children to him, that he might touch them;
but his disciples rebuked those who brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was displeased, and he said to them, Allow the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them;
for the kingdom of God is for such as these.
Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall not enter it.
Then he took them in his arms, and put his hand on them and blessed them.
While he was on the way, a man came running and fell on his knees and asked him, saying, O good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit life eternal?
Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good?
There is no one who is good except the one God.
You know the commandments?
Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not murder, Do not bear false witness, Do not oppress, Honor your father and mother.
But he answered and said to him.
Teacher, all of these I have obeyed from my boyhood.
Then Jesus looked at him and loved him, and he said to him, You lack one thing;
go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you shall have a treasure in heaven;
and take up your cross and follow me.
But he felt sad because of this saying, and he went away depressed;
for he had great wealth.
Then Jesus looked at his disciples and said to them, How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter into the kingdom of God!
But the disciples were surprised at his words.
And Jesus answered again, saying to them, My sons, how hard it is for those who trust in their wealth to enter into the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a rope to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
But they were the more astonished, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but not with God;
for everything is possible with God.
Then Peter began to say, Behold, we have left everything and followed you.
Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man who leaves houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of my gospel,
Who shall not receive now, in this time a hundredfold, houses and brothers and sisters and maidservants and children and fields and other worldly things, and in the world to come life everlasting.
Many who are first shall be last, and the last first.
While they were going up on their way to Jerusalem, Jesus was ahead of them;
and they were amazed;
and they followed him with fear.
And he took his twelve aside, and began to tell them what was surely to happen to him, saying,
Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be delivered to the high priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him to the Gentiles.
And they will mock him and scourge him and spit in his face and kill him;
and on the third day he will rise up.
And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, Teacher, we wish you would do for us whatever we ask.
He said to them, What do you wish me to do for you?
They said to him, Grant us to sit, one at your right and one at your left, in your glory.
He said to them, You do not know what you are asking;
can you drink the cup which I drink and be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?
They said to him, We can.
Jesus said to them, The cup which I shall drink, you too will drink;
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized also;
But to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give;
except to those for whom it is prepared.
When the ten heard it, they began to murmur at James and John.
Jesus called them and said to them, You know that those who consider themselves princes of the people are also their lords;
and their officials rule over them.
Let not this be so among you;
but he who wishes to be great among you, let him minister to you.
And anyone of you who wishes to be first, let him be a servant to all.
For the Son of man also did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life as a salvation for the sake of many.
¶ And they came to Jericho;
and when Jesus went out of Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind man, Timaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry aloud and say, O son of David, have mercy on me.
And many rebuked him and told him to keep quiet, but he cried out the more, saying, O son of David, have mercy on me.
Then Jesus stopped and commanded to call him.
So they called the blind man, and said to him, Have courage, rise;
he is calling you.
And the blind man threw off his robe and got up and went to Jesus.
Jesus said to him, What do you wish me to do for you?
The blind man said to him, Master, that I may see.
And Jesus said to him, See;
your faith has healed you.
And immediately he saw, and went on his way.