Berean Literal Bible
Teachings about Divorce
1And from there having risen up, He comes into the region of Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And again crowds come together to Him, and again, as He had been accustomed, He was teaching them.
2And the Pharisees, having approached, were demanding of Him if it is lawful for a husband to divorce a wife, testing Him.
3And He answering said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
4And they said, “Moses permitted to write a roll of divorce, and to send her away.”
5But Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your hardness of heart; 6but from the beginning of creation, ‘He made them male and female.’a 7‘On account of this, a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,b 8and the two will be for one flesh.’c Therefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
10And in the house again, the disciples were asking Him concerning this. 11And He says to them, “Whoever shall divorce his wife, and shall marry another, commits adultery against her. 12And if a woman, having divorced her husband, should marry another, she commits adultery.”
Jesus Blesses the Children
13And they were bringing little children to Him, that He might touch them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14And having seen, Jesus was indignant and said to them, “Permit the little children to come to Me; do not hinder them! For to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall never enter into it.” 16And having taken them in arms, He was blessing them, having laid the hands on them.
The Rich Young Man
17And going forth on His journey, one having run up and having knelt down to Him, was asking Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I might inherit eternal life?”
18And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good, except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not defraud, you shall honor your father and mother.’d”
20And he was saying to Him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.”
21And Jesus, having looked upon him, loved him and said to him, “One thing to you is lacking: Go, sell as much as you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22And having been sad at the word, he went away grieving; for he was one having many possessions.
23And Jesus having looked around, says to His disciples, “How difficultly those having riches will enter into the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answering says to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to entere into the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
26And they were exceedingly astonished, saying among themselves, “Then who is able to be saved?”
27Having looked on them, Jesus says, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
28Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left all and followed You.”
29Jesus was saying, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands for My sake and because of the gospel, 30who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age which is coming, eternal life. 31But many first will be last; and the last, first.”
The Third Prediction of the Passion
32And they were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going on before them. And they were astonished, and those following were afraid. And having taken to Him the Twelve again, He began to tell them the things being about to happen to Him: 33“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will betray Him to the Gentiles. 34And they will mock Him, and will spit upon Him, and will flog and will kill Him, and on the third day He will rise again.”
The Request of James and John
35And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come up to Him saying to Him, “Teacher, we desire that You would do for us whatever we might ask you.”
36And He said to them, “What do you desire Me to do for you?”
37And they said to Him, “Grant to us that we might sit, one of us at Your right hand and one at Your left hand, in Your glory.”
38And Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
39And they said to Him, “We are able.”
And Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup that I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized, 40but to sit at My right hand or at My left hand, is not Mine to give, but to those for whom it has been prepared.”
41And having heard this, the ten began to be indignant about James and John. 42And Jesus having called them near, says to them, “You know that those being accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it shall not be thus among you. Instead, whoever desires to become great among you will be your servant, 44and whoever desires to become first among you will be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus Heals Bartimaeus
46And they come to Jericho. And as He was going out from Jericho—and His disciples, and a large crowd—a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting beside the road. 47And having heard that it is Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and to say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
48And many were rebuking him, that he should be silent; but he kept crying out much more, “Son of David, have mercy on me.”
49And Jesus, having stopped, commanded him to be called.
And they call the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage! Rise up! He calls you.”
50And having cast away his cloak, having risen up, he came to Jesus.
51And Jesus answering him says, “What do you desire I should do to you?”
And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive sight.”
52And Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” And immediately he received sight and began following Him on the way.
b 7-8 NE and WH do not include and be united to his wife.
c 8 Genesis 2:24
d 19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20
e 24 BYZ and TR how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter