Mark 10:1-31 American Standard Version

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

10 1  And he arose from thence and cometh into the borders of Judaea and beyond the Jordan: and multitudes come together unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2  And there came unto him Pharisees, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away [his] wife? trying him. 3  And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4  And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5  But Jesus said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6  But from the beginning of the creation, Male and female made he them. 7  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; 8  and the two shall become one flesh: so that they are no more two, but one flesh. 9  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. 10  And in the house the disciples asked him again of this matter. 11  And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her: 12  and if she herself shall put away her husband, and marry another, she committeth adultery.

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. 14  But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not: for to such belongeth the kingdom of God. 15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein. 16  And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

The Rich Young Ruler

17  And as he was going forth into the way, there ran one to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good save one, [even] God. 19  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor thy father and mother. 20  And he said unto him, Teacher, all these things have I observed from my youth. 21  And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 22  But his countenance fell at the saying, and he went away sorrowful: for he was one that had great possessions. 23  And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24  And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25  It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26  And they were astonished exceedingly, saying unto him, Then who can be saved? 27  Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God. 28  Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29  Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the gospel's sake, 30  but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31  But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last first.

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