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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