Matthew 19

And when Jesus had ended these discourses, he removed from Galilee, and came to the confines of Judaea on the other side of Jordan. And great multitudes followed after him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came to him, and tempted him and said: Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause? And he answered and said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made them at the beginning, made them a male and a female? And he said: For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and adhere to his wife; and they two shall be one flesh. Wherefore they were not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath united, let not man sunder. They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put her away? He said to them: Moses, on account of the hardness of your heart, permitted you to divorce your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, That whoever leaveth his wife not being an adulteress, and taketh another, committeth adultery. And whoever taketh her that is divorced, committeth adultery. 10 His disciples say to him: If such is the case between man and wife, it is not expedient to take a wife. 11 But he said to them: Not every one is capable of that thing, but he only to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, born so from their mother's womb; and there are some eunuchs, who were made eunuchs by men; and there are some eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He that can be contented let him be contented. 13 Then they brought children to him, that he might lay his hand upon them and pray. And his disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said to them: Allow children to come to me, and forbid them not; for of those that are like them is the kingdom of heaven. 15 And he laid his hand upon them, and departed from there. 16 And one came, drew near, and said to him: Good Teacher, what good thing must I do, that eternal life may be mine? 17 And he said to him: Why callest thou me good? There is none good, except one, namely, God. But if thou wouldst enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He said to him, Which? And Jesus said to him: Thou shalt not kill; and thou shalt not commit adultery; and thou shalt not steal; and thou shalt not bear false testimony; 19 and honor thy father and thy mother; and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 20 The young man saith to him: All these have I kept from my childhood. What do I lack? 21 Jesus saith to him: If thou desirest to be perfect, go, sell thy property, and give to the poor; and there shall be for thee a treasure in heaven; and come thou after me. 22 And the young man heard that speech, and he went away in sadness; for he had much property. 23 And Jesus said to his disciples: Verily I say to you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again, I say to you: It is easier for a camel to enter the aperture of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God 25 And when the disciples heard it, they wondered greatly, and said: Who then can attain to life! 26 Jesus looked on them, and said to them: With men this is not practicable, but with God every thing is practicable. 27 Then answered Cephas, and said to him: Lo, we have forsaken every thing, and come after thee: What therefore shall we receive? 28 Jesus said to them: Verily I say to you, that, as for you who have followed me, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory in the new world, ye also shall sit on twelve seats, and shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every man that relinquisheth houses, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or wife or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life. 30 But there are many first who shall be last, and last who shall be first.
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