Matthew 19

Moffatt(i) 1 When Jesus finished saying this he moved from Galilee and went to the territory of Judaea that lies across the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him and he healed them there. 3 Then the Pharisees came up to tempt him. They asked, "Is it right to divorce one's wife for any reason?" 4 He replied, "Have you never read that He who created them male and female from the beginning 5 said, Hence a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and the pair shall be one flesh? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What God has joined, then, man must not separate." 7 They said to him, "Then why did Moses lay it down that we were to divorce by giving a separation-notice?" 8 He said to them, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, on account of the hardness of your hearts, but it was not so from the beginning. 9 I tell you, whoever divorces his wife except for unchastity and marries another woman, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery." 10 The disciples said to him, "If that is a man's position with his wife, there is no good in marrying." 11 He said to them, "True, but this truth is not practicable for everyone, it is only for those who have the gift. 12 There are eunuchs who have been eunuchs from their birth, there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the Realm of heaven. Let anyone practice it for whom it is practicable." 13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray over them. The disciples checked the people, 14 but Jesus said to them, "Let the children alone, do not stop them from coming to me: the Realm of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 Then he laid his hands on them and went upon his way. 16 Up came a man and said to him, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to gain life eternal?" 17 He said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? One alone is good. But if you want to get into Life, keep the commands." 18 "Which?" he said. Jesus answered, "The commands, you shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, 19 honour your father and mother, and you must love your neighbour as yourself." 20 The young man said, "I have observed all these. What more is wanting?" 21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell your property, give the money to the poor and you shall have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me." 22 When the young man heard that, he went sadly away, for he had great possessions. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you truly, it will be difficult for a rich man to get into the Realm of heaven. 24 I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to get through a needle's eye than for a rich man to get into the Realm of God." 25 When the disciples heard this they were utterly astounded; they said, "Who then can possibly be saved?" 26 Jesus looked at them and said, "This is impossible for men, but anything is possible for God." 27 Then Peter replied, "Well, we have left our all and followed you. Now what are we to get?" 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you truly, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me shall also sit on twelve thrones to govern the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 Everyone who has left brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands or houses for my name's sake will get a hundred times as much and inherit life eternal. 30 Many who are first shall be last, and many who are last shall be first.