I then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to me, and as was my custom, I taught them.
2Some Pharisees came and tested me by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
3“What did Moses command you?” I replied.
4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
5“It was because you hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” I replied. 6“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
10When we were in the house again, the disciples asked me about this. 11I answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”
13People were bringing little children to me to have me touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When I saw this, I was indignant. I said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And I took the children in my arms, put my hands on them and blessed them.
17As I started on my way, a man ran up to me and fell on his knees before me. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18“Why do you call me good?” I answered. “No one is good – except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21I looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” I said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23I looked around and said to my disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24The disciples were amazed at my words. But I said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27I looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28Peter said to me, “We have left everything to follow you.”
29“I tell you the truth,” I replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
32We were on our way up to Jerusalem, with me leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again I took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to me. 33“We are going up to Jerusalem,” I said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to me. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
36“What do you want me to do for you?” I asked.
37They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
38“You don’t know what you are asking,” I said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
39“We can,” they answered.
I said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
41When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42I called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
46Then we came to Jericho. As I and my disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47When he heard that it was me, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49I stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50Throwing his cloak aside he jumped to his feet and came to me.
51“What do you want me to do for you?” I asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52“Go,” I said, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed me along the road.