Jesus teaches about divorce and blesses young children
These verses are familiar because of their ceremonial use. When Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife, Jesus quoted from the creation account in Genesis 2 and added, “what therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder,” a phrase used at the end of traditional marriage ceremonies. The disciples then rebuked those who brought young children to Jesus. Jesus’s words to “suffer the little children to come unto me, . . . for of such is the kingdom of God” are used in many infant baptisms.
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.