Read - Matthew 19:1-15

1 When Jesus finished teaching, he left Galilee and went to the part of Judea that is east of the River Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed their sick people. 3 Some Pharisees wanted to test Jesus. They came up to him and asked, “Is it right for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” 4 Jesus answered, “Don't you know that in the beginning the Creator made a man and a woman? 5 That's why a man leaves his father and mother and gets married. He becomes like one person with his wife. 6 Then they are no longer two people, but one. And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.” 7 The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Why did Moses say that a man could write out divorce papers and send his wife away?” 8 Jesus replied, “You are so heartless! That's why Moses allowed you to divorce your wife. But from the beginning God did not intend it to be that way. 9 I say that if your wife has not committed some terrible sexual sin, you must not divorce her to marry someone else. If you do, you are unfaithful.” 10 The disciples said, “If that's how it is between a man and a woman, it's better not to get married.” 11 Jesus told them, “Only those people who have been given the gift of staying single can accept this teaching. 12 Some people are unable to marry because of birth defects or because of what someone has done to their bodies. Others stay single for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Anyone who can accept this teaching should do so.” 13 Some people brought their children to Jesus, so that he could place his hands on them and pray for them. His disciples told the people to stop bothering him. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and don't try to stop them! People who are like these children belong to God's kingdom.” 15 After Jesus had placed his hands on the children, he left.

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