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Chapter 19

Yes Word (Tyndale-Modern English)


      And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished those sayings, he gat him from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Jewry beyond Jordan, and much people followed him, and he healed them there.
      Then came unto him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying to him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for all manner of causes? He answered and said unto them: Have ye not read, how that he which made man at the beginning, made them man and woman and said: for this thing, shall a man leave father and mother and cleave unto his wife, and they *twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore now are they not twain, but one flesh: Let not man therefore put asunder, that which God hath coupled together. Then said they to him: why did Moses command to give a testimonial of divorcement and to put her away? He said unto them: Moses because of the hardness of your hearts *suffered you to put away your wives: But from the beginning it was not so. I say therefore unto you, whosoever putteth away his wife (except it be for fornication) and marrieth another breaketh wedlock. And whosoever marrieth her which is divorced, doth commit *advoutry.
Then said his disciples to him: if the matter be so between man and wife, then is it not good to marry. He said unto them: all men cannot away with that saying save they to whom it is given. There are chaste, which were so born out of their mothers belly. And there are chaste, which be made of men. And there be chaste, which have made themselves chaste for the kingdom of heavens sake. He that can take it, let him take it. Then were brought to him young children, that he should put his hands on them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said: *suffer the children and forbid them not to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And when he had put his hands on them he departed thence.
      And behold one came, and said unto him: good master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? He said unto him: why callest thou my good? there is none good but one, and that is God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. The other said to him: Which? And Jesus said: break no wedlock, kill not: steal not: bear not false witness: honour father and mother: and love thine neighbor as thy self. And the young man said unto him: I have observed all these things from my youth, what lack I yet? And Jesus said unto him if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give it to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me. When the young man heard that saying, he went away mourning. For he had great possessions.
      Then Jesus said unto his disciples: Verily I say unto you: it is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. And moreover I say unto you: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard that, they were exceedingly amazed, saying: who then can be saved: Jesus beheld them, and said unto them: with men this is unpossible, but with God all things are possible.
      Then answered Peter, and said to him: Behold, we have forsaken all and followed thee, what shall we have? Jesus said unto them: verily I say to you: when the son of man shall sit in the seat of his majesty, ye which follow me in the second generation shall sit also upon twelve seats, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And whosoever forsaketh houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my names sake, the same shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.

*twain (two) *suffered (allowed) .*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some one else. see James 2 for adultery.

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