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Matthew 19:1-30

Divorce

1When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’19:4 Gen. 1:27 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’19:5 Gen. 2:24? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

10The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”

11Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others—and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

The Little Children and Jesus

13Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18“Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’19:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20 and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’19:19 Lev. 19:18

20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife19:29 Some manuscripts do not have or wife. or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 19:1-30

Awaregyae

1Yesu wiee nʼasɛnka no, ɔkɔɔ Galilea. Ofi Galilea no, otwaa Asubɔnten Yordan baa Yudea. 2Nnipadɔm tu dii nʼakyi, ma ɔsaa wɔn yare.

3Farisifo bi ba bebisaa no nsɛm bi pɛɛ sɛ wɔnam wɔn nsɛmmisa no so ma ɔka asɛm bi a ɛde no bɛkɔ sɔhwɛ mu. Wobisaa no se, “Wopene awaregyae so ana?”

4Yesu nso bisaa wɔn se, “Gyama monkenkan Kyerɛw Kronkron no? Wɔakyerɛw wɔ mu se, ‘Mfiase no, Onyankopɔn bɔɔ ɔbarima ne ɔbea. 5Eyi nti na ɔbarima begyaw nʼagya ne ne na hɔ de ne ho akɔbɔ ne yere ho daa nyinaa no.’ 6Enti na wɔnyɛ baanu bio, na mmom wɔabɛyɛ ɔhonam koro. Enti nea Onyankopɔn aka abɔ mu no, ɛnsɛ sɛ obiara tetew mu.”

7Farisifo no kɔɔ so bisaa no se, “Adɛn nti na Mose kae se, sɛ ɔbarima bi pɛ sɛ ogyaa ne yere a otumi kyerɛw no krataa kɛkɛ, de gyaa no?”

8Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Esiane sɛ na mo koma apirim no nti na Mose maa awaregyae ho kwan, na ɛnyɛ ade a Onyankopɔn hyehyɛe. 9Na mereka akyerɛ mo se, obiara a obegyaa ne yere, a ɛnyɛ sɛ ɔbea no abɔ aguaman, na ɔbɛsan aware ɔbea foforo no asɛe aware.”

10Yesu asuafo no kae se, “Sɛ saa na ɛte de a, na ɛnsɛ sɛ obiara ware.”

11Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Ɛnyɛ obiara na obetumi agye asɛm yi ato mu, gye wɔn a Onyankopɔn hyɛ wɔn den no nko ara. 12Nnipa bi wɔ hɔ a wonni mmarimayɛ mu ahoɔden fi awo mu, ebinom nso wɔ hɔ a nnipa na wɔyɛɛ wɔn saa; ebinom nso ɔsoro Ahenni no nti, wɔpo aware. Obiara a obetumi no, nni mʼasɛm a maka yi so.”

Yesu Hyira Mmofra Nkumaa

13Wɔde mmofra nkumaa brɛɛ Yesu sɛ ɔmfa ne nsa ngu wɔn so, na ɔmmɔ mpae mma wɔn. Nanso asuafo no kaa wɔn anim.

14Yesu kae se, “Momma mmofra no kwan na wɔmmra me nkyɛn, na munnsiw wɔn kwan, na eyinom sɛɛ na Ɔsoro Ahenni no yɛ wɔn dea.” 15Na ɔde ne nsa guu wɔn so, hyiraa wɔn ansa na ɔrefi hɔ akɔ.

Ahonya Ne Onyankopɔn Ahenni No

16Ɛno mu na ɔbarima bi baa Yesu nkyɛn bebisaa no se, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfo, ade pa bɛn na menyɛ na manya nkwa a enni awiei?”

17Yesu buaa no se, “Adɛn nti na wubisa me nea ɛyɛ papa ho asɛm? Ɔbaako pɛ na ɔyɛ papa. Sɛ wopɛ sɛ wokɔ nkwa mu de a, di mmara nsɛm no so.”

18Aberante no nso bisaa no se, “Mmaransɛm no mu nea ɛwɔ he?”

Yesu buaa no se, “Nni awu. Nsɛe aware. Mmɔ korɔn. Nni atoro. 19Di wʼagya ne wo na ni, na dɔ wo yɔnko sɛ wo ho!”

20Aberante no nso kae se, “Midi eyinom nyinaa so pɛpɛɛpɛ. Afei menyɛ dɛn?”

21Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Sɛ wopɛ sɛ woyɛ pɛ a kɔ na kɔtɔn biribiara a wowɔ, na fa sika a wubenya afi mu no ma ahiafo. Ɛno ansa na wubenya ademude wɔ ɔsoro. Afei bedi mʼakyi.”

22Esiane sɛ na saa aberante yi wɔ ahonyade bebree nti, ɔtee saa nsɛm no, anyɛ no dɛ maa ɔde awerɛhow fii hɔ kɔe.

23Afei Yesu ka kyerɛɛ nʼasuafo no se, “Meka mo nokware se ɛyɛ den ma osikani sɛ ɔbɛkɔ Ɔsoro Ahenni no mu. 24Meka ti mu se, ɛyɛ mmerɛw sɛ yoma bewura pane aniwa mu sen sɛ osikani bɛkɔ Onyankopɔn Ahenni mu!”

25Asuafo no tee saa asɛm no, wɔn adwene mu yɛɛ wɔn naa. Wobisae se, “Na ɛno de, hena na wiase mu ha wobegye no nkwa?”

26Yesu hwɛɛ wɔn buae se, “Onipa fam de, ɛyɛ den, na Onyankopɔn fam de, biribiara betumi aba mu.”

Ahopakyi

27Petro nso kae se, “Yagyaw biribiara hɔ abedi wʼakyi; na mfaso bɛn na yebenya afi wʼakyidi no mu?”

28Yesu buae se, “Me, Agyenkwa no, sɛ metena mʼanuonyam ahengua no so a, nokware, mo mʼasuafo yi nso bɛtena ahengua dumien no so na moabu Israel mmusuakuw dumien no atɛn. 29Na obiara a obegyaw ne fi, ne nuabarimanom, ne nuabeanom, nʼagya, ne na, ne yere, ne mma anaa nʼagyapade abedi mʼakyi no, obenya no ho mmɔho ɔha, na wanya nkwa a enni awiei nso. 30Na wɔn a wɔadi kan no mu pii bedi akyi, na wɔn a wodi akyi no nso mu bi abedi kan.”