Bishops' Bible

Matthew 19

Matthew 19:1 And it came to passe, that when Iesus had finished these sayinges, he gat hym from Galilee, and came into the coastes of Iurie, beyonde Iordane:

Christ healeth the sick:

Matthew 19:2 And great multitudes folowed hym: and he healed them there.

answereth the Pharisees concerning divorcement:

Matthew 19:3 The pharisees also came vnto hym, temptyng hym, and saying vnto hym: Is it lawfull for a man to put away his wyfe, for euery cause? Matthew 19:4 He aunswered and sayde vnto them: Haue ye not read, that he which created at the begynnyng, made them male and female, Matthew 19:5 And sayde: For this cause, shall a man leaue father and mother, and shall be knit to his wyfe: and they twayne shall be one fleshe. Matthew 19:6 Wherfore, they are no more twayne, but one fleshe. Let not man therefore put a sunder, that which God hath coupled together. Matthew 19:7 They say vnto hym: why did Moyses then commaunde to geue a writyng of diuorcement, and to put her away? Matthew 19:8 He sayde vnto them: Moyses, because of the hardnes of your heartes, suffred you to put away your wyues: But from the begynnyng it was not so. Matthew 19:9 I say vnto you: whosoeuer putteth away his wyfe, except it be for fornication, and maryeth another, committeth adulterie: And who so maryeth her which is diuorced, doth comit adulterie.

sheweth when marriage is necessary:

Matthew 19:10 His disciples say vnto hym: If the matter be so betwene man and wyfe, [then] is it not good to mary. Matthew 19:11 He sayde vnto them: all men can not receaue this saying, saue they to whom it is geuen. Matthew 19:12 For there are some chaste, which are so borne, out of their mothers wombe: And there are some chaste, which be made chaste of me: And there be chaste, which haue made themselues chaste, for the kyngdome of heauens sake. He that is able to receaue [it], let him receaue [it].

receiveth little children:

Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought vnto hym young chyldren, that he shoulde put his handes on them, and pray: And the disciples rebuked them. Matthew 19:14 But Iesus sayde vnto them: suffer the young chyldren, and forbyd them not to come vnto me: for of such, is the kyngdome of heauen. Matthew 19:15 And when he had put his handes on them, he departed thence.

instructeth the young man how to attain eternal life,

Matthew 19:16 And beholde, one came, and sayde vnto hym: good maister, what good thyng shall I do, that I may haue eternall lyfe? Matthew 19:17 He sayde vnto hym: why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, [and that is] God. But yf thou wylt enter into lyfe, kepe the commaundementes. Matthew 19:18 He sayth vnto hym: Which? Iesus sayde: Thou shalt do no murther, Thou shalt not commit adulterie, Thou shalt not steale, Thou shalt not beare false witnesse, Matthew 19:19 Honour father and mother: and thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe.

and how to be perfect:

Matthew 19:20 The young man sayth vnto hym: All these [thynges] haue I kept, from my youth vp: what lacke I yet? Matthew 19:21 Iesus sayde vnto hym: yf thou wylt be perfect, go & sell that thou hast, and geue to the poore, & thou shalt haue treasure in heauen: and come & folowe me. Matthew 19:22 But when the young man hearde that saying, he went away sory: For he had great possessions.

telleth his disciples how hard it is for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God:

Matthew 19:23 Then Iesus sayde vnto his disciples: Ueryly I say vnto you, that a riche [man] shall hardly enter into the kyngdome of heauen. Matthew 19:24 And agayne I say vnto you: it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a nedle, then for the riche, to enter into the kyngdome of God. Matthew 19:25 When the disciples hearde this, they were exceadyngly amazed, saying: who then can be saued? Matthew 19:26 But Iesus behelde them, and sayde vnto them: with men this is vnpossible, but with God all thynges are possible.

and promiseth reward to those that forsake any thing to follow him.

Matthew 19:27 Then aunswered Peter, and sayde vnto hym: Beholde, we haue forsaken all, and folowed thee, what shall we haue therfore? Matthew 19:28 Iesus sayde vnto them: veryly I say vnto you, that when the sonne of man shall syt in the throne of his maiestie, ye that haue folowed me in the regeneration, shall syt also vpon twelue seates, and iudge the twelue tribes of Israel. Matthew 19:29 And euery one that forsaketh house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wyfe, or chyldren, or landes, for my names sake, shall receaue an hundred folde, and shall inherite euerlastyng lyfe. Matthew 19:30 But many that are first, shalbe last, and the last, shalbe first.

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