19 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these words, he left Galilee and went into the regions of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
3 And Pharisees, trying Him, came and said, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause? 4 And replying, He said, Did you never read that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female? 5 And He said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall be united to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What, therefore, God has joined together, let a man not separate. 7 They said to Him, Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of separation and to divorce her? 8 He said to them, On account of the hardness of your heart, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it has not been thus. 9 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another woman, commits adultery. 10 The disciples say to him, If the relation of the man with his wife is thus, there is no advantage in getting married. 11 And he said to them, All cannot receive this word, but only those for whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been thus from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who are made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who make themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to receive this word, let him receive it.
13 Then little children were brought to Him, in order that He might lay His hands upon them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, Allow the little children, and stop hindering their coming to Me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 15 And He laid His hands on them and went on from there.
16 And, behold, one came to Him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do in order that I may have eternal life? 17 And He said to him, Why are you asking Me concerning the good? There is one good; but, if you want to enter into life, keep on observing the commandments. 18 He said to Him, Which ones? Jesus said, You shall not kill, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, 19 honor your father and your mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 20 The young man said to Him, All these things have I observed; what do I still lack? 21 Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven, and come and keep on following Me. 22 When the young man heard this word, he went away, being very sorrowful, for he had many possessions.
23 But Jesus said to His disciples, In solemn truth I am telling you that with great difficulty will a rich man enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I am saying to you that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When the disciples heard this word, they were exceedingly astounded, saying, Who, therefore, can be saved? 26 Looking at them, Jesus said, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. 27 At that time Peter, replying, said to Him, Behold, we have left all and have followed Thee; what, therefore, shall we have? 28 Jesus said to them, In solemn truth I am telling you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man will sit upon the throne of His glory, you also will sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or fields, because of My name, he will receive many times more and will inherit eternal life. 30 Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
20 For the kingdom of heaven is like a man, a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. 2 When he had agreed with the workers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour¹ and saw others standing in the market place idle; 4 and to these he said, Go also into my vineyard, and whatever is right I shall give you. And they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing and said to them, Why have you stood here idle all the day long? 7 They said, No one has hired us. He said to them, Go also into the vineyard. 8 And when evening had come, the master of the vineyard said to his foreman, Call the workers, and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first. 9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling. 10 And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more, but they likewise received every man a shilling. 11 Receiving it, they began to grumble against the householder, 12 saying, These last ones worked only one hour, but you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the heat. 13 And replying to one of them, he said, Friend I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a shilling? 14 Take your own and go; I want to give to this last one as also to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do whatsoever I wish with my own goods? Or is your eye wicked, because I am good? 16 Thus the last will be first; and the first, last.
¹ Third hour is 9 A.M. in our system of time.