Jesus' Teaching on Divorce
10 1 Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan ; crowds gathered around Him again , and, according to His custom , He once more began to teach them. 2 Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife . 3 And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said , " Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY ." 5 But Jesus said to them, " Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment . 6 "But from the beginning of creation , God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE . 7 " FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER , 8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME e ONE FLESH ; so they are no longer two , but one flesh . 9 "What therefore God has joined together , let no man separate ." 10 In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again . 11 And He said to them, " Whoever e divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; 12 and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man , she is committing adultery ."
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these . 15 "Truly I say to you, whoever e does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
The Rich Young Ruler
17 As He was setting out on a journey , a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher , what shall I do to inherit eternal life ?" 18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good ? No one is good except God alone . 19 "You know the commandments , ' DO NOT MURDER , DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY , DO NOT STEAL , DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS , Do not defraud , HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER .' " 20 And he said to Him, "Teacher , I have kept all these things from my youth up." 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack : go and sell all you possess and give to the poor , and you will have treasure in heaven ; and come , follow Me." 22 But at these words he was saddened , and he went away grieving , for he was one who owned much property . 23 And Jesus , looking around , said to His disciples , " How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God !" 24 The disciples were amazed at His words . But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children , how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God ! 25 " It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God ." 26 They were even more astonished and said to Him, "Then who can be saved ?" 27 Looking at them, Jesus said , " With people it is impossible , but not with God ; for all things are possible with God ." 28 Peter began to say to Him, "Behold , we have left everything and followed You." 29 Jesus said , "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms , for My sake and for the gospel's sake , 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age , houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms , along with persecutions ; and in the age to come , eternal life . 31 "But many who are first will be last , and the last , first ."
Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time
32 They were on the road going up to Jerusalem , and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed , and those who followed were fearful . And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold , we are going up to Jerusalem , and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes ; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles . 34 "They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again ."
The Request of James and John
35 James and John , the two sons of Zebedee , came up to Jesus, saying , "Teacher , we want You to do for us whatever e we ask of You." 36 And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" 37 They said to Him, "Grant that we may sit , one on Your right and one on Your left , in Your glory ." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking . Are you able to drink the cup that I drink , or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized ?" 39 They said to Him, "We are able ." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you shall drink ; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized . 40 "But to sit on My right or on My left , this is not Mine to give ; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared ." 41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John . 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 "But it is not this way among you, but whoever e wishes to become great among you shall be your servant ; 44 and whoever e wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all . 45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served , but to serve , and to give His life a ransom for many ."
Blind Bartimeus Receives Sight
46 Then they came to Jericho . And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd , a blind beggar named Bartimaeus , the son of Timaeus , was sitting by the road . 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene , he began to cry out and say , "Jesus , Son of David , have mercy on me!" 48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet , but he kept crying out all the more , " Son of David , have mercy on me!" 49 And Jesus stopped and said , "Call him here." So they called the blind man , saying to him, " Take courage , stand up! He is calling for you." 50 Throwing aside his cloak , he jumped up and came to Jesus . 51 And answering him, Jesus said , "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said to Him, " Rabboni , I want to regain my sight !" 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go ; your faith has made you well ." Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road .
The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
11 1 As they approached Jerusalem , at Bethphage and Bethany , near the Mount of Olives , He sent two of His disciples , 2 and said to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one e yet has ever sat ; untie it and bring it here. 3 "If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this ?' you say , 'The Lord has need of it'; and immediately he will send it back here ." 4 They went away and found a colt tied at the door , outside in the street ; and they untied it. 5 Some of the bystanders e were saying to them, "What are you doing , untying the colt ?" 6 They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission . 7 They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their coats in the road , and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields . 9 Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting : "Hosanna ! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE Lord ; 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David ; Hosanna in the highest !" 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple ; and after looking around at everything , He left for Bethany with the twelve , since it was already late .
The Cursing of the Fig Tree
12 On the next day , when they had left Bethany , He became hungry . 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf , He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves , for it was not the season for figs . 14 He said to it, "May no one ever e eat fruit from you again !" And His disciples were listening .
The Cleansing of the Temple
15 Then they came to Jerusalem . And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple , and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves ; 16 and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple . 17 And He began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written , ' MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS '? But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN ." 18 The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching . 19 When evening came , they would go out of the city .
The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree
20 As they were passing by in the morning , they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded , Peter said to Him, " Rabbi , look , the fig tree which You cursed has withered ." 22 And Jesus answered saying to them, " Have faith in God . 23 " Truly I say to you, whoever e says to this mountain , 'Be taken up and cast into the sea ,' and does not doubt in his heart , but believes that what he says is going to happen , it will be granted him. 24 "Therefore e I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask , believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. 25 "Whenever you stand praying , forgive , if you have anything against anyone , so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions . 26 [" But if you do not forgive , neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions ."]
Jesus' Authority Questioned
27 They came again to Jerusalem . And as He was walking in the temple , the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him, 28 and began saying to Him, "By what authority are You doing these things , or who gave You this authority to do these things ?" 29 And Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question , and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things . 30 "Was the baptism of John from heaven , or from men ? Answer Me." 31 They began reasoning among themselves , saying , "If we say , 'From heaven ,' He will say , 'Then why e did you not believe him?' 32 "But shall we say , 'From men '?"-they were afraid of the people , for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet . 33 Answering Jesus , they said , "We do not know ." And Jesus said to them, "Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things ."