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Matthew 19 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Marriage and Divorce
Christ’s Teaching on Divorce
(Mark 10:1–12 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:1 - Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:2 - And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:3 - The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:4 - And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made[fn] them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:5 - “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:6 - “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:7 - They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:8 - He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:9 - “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,[fn] and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:10 - His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
Jesus Teaches on Celibacy
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:11 - But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:12 - “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
Jesus Blesses Little Children
(Mark 10:13–16; Luke 18:15–17 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:13 - Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:14 - But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:15 - And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler
(Mark 10:17–22; Luke 18:18–23 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:16 - Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[fn] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:17 - So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?[fn] No one is good but One, that is, God.[fn] But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:18 - He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:19 - ‘Honor your father and your mother,’[fn] and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ [fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:20 - The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth.[fn] What do I still lack?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:21 - Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:22 - But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible
(Mark 10:23–31; Luke 18:24–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:23 - Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:24 - “And again I say to you, 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:25 - When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:26 - But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:27 - Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:28 - So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:29 - “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[fn] or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 19:30 - “But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text reads created.
Genesis 1:27; 5:2
Genesis 2:24
Or fornication
NU-Text omits Good.
NU-Text reads Why do you ask Me about what is good?
NU-Text reads There is One who is good.
Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20
Leviticus 19:18
NU-Text omits from my youth.
NU-Text omits or wife.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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