1 Then Jesus left that place and went into the territory of Judea on the other side of the Jordan. Crowds gathered around him as usual, and he began to teach them again as was his custom.
2 Some Pharisees came to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3 He answered them,“What did Moses command you?”
4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to divorce her.”
5 But Jesus said to them,“It was because of your hardness of heart that he wrote this command for you.
6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘Godmade them male and female.’
7 ‘That is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife,
8 and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 Therefore, what God has joined together, man must never separate.”
10 Back in the house, the disciples asked him about this again.
11 So he said to them,“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
12 Andif a womandivorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
13 Some people were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 When Jesus saw this, he became furious and told them,“Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away. For the kingdom of God belongs to people like these.
15 Truly I tell you, whoever doesn't receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never get into it at all.”
16 Then he picked them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and tenderly blessed them.
17 As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to him, knelt down in front of him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 Jesus said to him,“Why do you call me good? Nobody is good except for one—God.
19 You know the commandments: ‘Never murder.’‘Never commit adultery.’‘Never steal.’‘Never give false testimony.’‘Never cheat.’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’”
20 The man replied to him, “Teacher, I have kept all of these since I was a young man.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. Then he told him,“You're missing one thing. Go and sell everything you own, give the moneyto the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me.”
22 But the man was shocked at this statement and went away sad, because he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,“How hard it will be for those who have wealth to get into the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were startled by these words, but Jesus said to them again,“Children, how hard it is for those who trust in their wealthto get into the kingdom of God!
25 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.”
26 They were utterly amazed and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them intently and said,“For humans it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
28 Then Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”
29 Jesus said,“Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or fields because of me and the gospel
30 who will not receive a hundred times as much here in this world—homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and fields, along with persecutions—as well as eternal life in the age to come.
31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
32 Jesus and his disciples were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. They were utterly amazed, and the others who followed were afraid. Once again, he took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to him.
33 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the high priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Gentiles,
34 andthey will make fun of him, spit on him, whip him, and kill him. But after three days he will be raised.”
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, went to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask you.”
36 He asked them,“What do you want me to do for you?”
37 They said to him, “Let us sit in your glory, one at your right and one at your left.”
38 But Jesus told them,“You don't realize what you're asking. Can you drink from the cup that I'm going to drink from or be baptized with the baptism with which I'm going to be baptized?”
39 They told him, “We can.”Jesus said to them,“You will drink from the cup that I'm going to drink and be baptized with the baptism with which I'm going to be baptized.
40 But it's not up to me to grant you a seat at my right or my left. Those positions have already been prepared for others.”
41 When the ten heard this, they began to be furious with James and John.
42 Jesus called the disciples and said to them,“You know that those who are recognized as rulers among the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors act like tyrants over them.
43 That's not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to everyone.
45 Foreven the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus, his disciples, and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus) was sitting by the road.
47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many people sternly told him to be quiet, but he started shouting even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 So Jesus stopped and said,“Call him!”So they called the blind man and told him, “Have courage! Get up. He's calling you.”
50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and went to Jesus.
51 Then Jesus asked him,“What do you want me to do for you?”The blind man said to him, “Rabbouni, I want to see again.”
52 Jesus told him,“Go. Your faith has made you well.” At once the man could see again, and he began to follow Jesus down the road.