18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; (A)I will make him a helper fit for[a] him.” 19 (B)Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed[b] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and (C)brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[c] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a (D)deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[d] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,

“This at last is (E)bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was (F)taken out of Man.”[e]

24 (G)Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 2:18 Or corresponding to; also verse 20
  2. Genesis 2:19 Or And out of the ground the Lord God formed
  3. Genesis 2:20 Or the man
  4. Genesis 2:22 Hebrew built
  5. Genesis 2:23 The Hebrew words for woman (ishshah) and man (ish) sound alike

And Pharisees came up and in order (A)to test him asked, (B)“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, (C)“Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your (D)hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But (E)from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them (F)male and female.’ (G)‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,[a] and (H)the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. (I)What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, (J)“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and (K)if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Let the Children Come to Me

13 (L)And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples (M)rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, (N)“Let the children come to me; (O)do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 (P)Truly, I say to you, whoever does not (Q)receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And (R)he took them in his arms and blessed them, (S)laying his hands on them.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 10:7 Some manuscripts omit and hold fast to his wife

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