Matthew 19

It happened when ‘Isa had finished these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the borders of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there. 3Pharisees came to him, testing him, and saying, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason?

4He answered, Haven’t you read that from the beginning ‘he made them male and female,'[1] 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother, and will join with his wife, and the two will become one flesh'[2]? 6So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore Allah has joined together, do not let man tear apart.

7They asked him, Why then did Musa command us to give her a bill of divorce, and divorce her?[3]

8He said to them, Musa, because of the hardness of your hearts, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so. 9I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries her when she is divorced commits adultery.

10His disciples said to him, If this is the case of the man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.

11But he said to them, Not all men can receive this saying, but those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.

13Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14But ‘Isa said, Allow the little children, and do not forbid them to come to me; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven. 15He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.

16Behold, one came to him and said, Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17He said to him, Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, Allah. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.

18He said to him, Which ones?

‘Isa said, You shall not murder.’ ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ ‘You shall not steal.’ ‘You shall not give false testimony.’ 19‘Honour your father and mother.'[4] And,’You shall love your neighbour as yourself.[5]

20The young man said to him, All these things I have observed from my youth. What do I still lack?

21‘Isa said to him, If you want to be complete, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. 22But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he was one who had great possessions. 23‘Isa said to his disciples, Most assuredly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Allah.

25When the disciples heard it, they were very astonished, saying, Who then can be saved?

26Looking at them, ‘Isa said, With men this is impossible, but with Allah all things are possible.

27Then Peter answered, Behold, we have left everything, and followed you. What then will we have?

28‘Isa said to them, Most assuredly I tell you that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when Ibn Adam will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive one hundred times, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many will be last who are first; and first who are last.


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[1] 19:4 Quotation from the Holy Taurat, Genesis 1:27 or 5:2.

[2] 19:5 Quotation from the Holy Taurat, Genesis 2:24.

[3] 19:7 See the Taurat, Deuteronomy 24:1-3.

[4] 19:18-19 Quoting the Taurat, Exodus 20:12-16.

[5] 19:19 Quoting the Taurat, Leviticus 19:18.