Teachings about Divorce
1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, He left Galilee and went into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
2 Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
3 Then some Pharisees came and tested Him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?”
4 Jesus answered, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ a
5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ b?
6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses order a man to give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away? c”
8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of your hardness of heart; but it was not this way from the beginning.
9 Now I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman, commits adultery. d”
10 His disciples said to Him, “If this is the case between a man and his wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 “Not everyone can accept this word,” He replied, “but only those to whom it has been given.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way; others were made that way by men; and still others live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”
13 Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. And the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 And after He had placed His hands on them, He went on from there.
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and inquired, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask Me about what is good?” e Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
Jesus answered, “ ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness,
19 honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.’ f”
20 “All these I have kept,” said the young man. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27 “Look,” Peter replied, “we have left everything to follow You. What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things, g when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife h or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
30 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.
4 a Genesis 1:27;Genesis 5:2
5 b Genesis 2:24 (see also LXX)
7 c See Deuteronomy 24:1.
9 d SBL and BYZ include And he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery ; see Matthew 5:32.
17 e BYZ and TR 16...“Good Teacher, what good thing must I do to obtain eternal life?” 17“Why do you call Me good?” See Mark 10:17–18 and Luke 18:18–19.
19 f Exodus 20:12–16; Leviticus 19:18;Deuteronomy 5:16–20
28 g Or in the regeneration
29 h NE, WH, and NA do not include or wife .