Mark 10

The Question of Divorce

1He a set out from there and went to the region of Judea b and across the Jordan. c Then crowds converged on Him again and, as He usually did, He began teaching d them once more. 2Some
Pharisee(s): In Judaism a religious sect that followed the whole written and oral law
Pharisees f approached Him to test g Him. They asked, “Is it lawful h for a man to divorce i his wife?” j

3 He replied to them, “What did Moses k command you?

4They said, “Moses permitted us to write divorce papers l and send her away.” m

5 But Jesus told them, “He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts. n 6 But from the beginning o of creation p God
Other mss omit God
made them male and female. r , s

7For this reason a man will leave t
his father and mother
[and be joined to his wife] ,
Other mss omit bracketed text

8and the two will become one flesh. v , w

So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.” x

10Now in the house the disciples questioned Him again about this matter. 11 And He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife y and marries z another commits adultery aa against her. 12 Also, if she divorces her husband ab and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Blessing the Children

13 Some ac people were bringing little children ad to Him so He might touch them, but His disciples rebuked ae them. 14When Jesus saw it, He was indignant af and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. ag Don’t stop ah them, for the kingdom of God ai belongs to such as these. 15
I assure you: This is a phrase used only by Jesus to testify to the certainty and importance of His words; in Mt, Mk and Lk it is literally Amen, I say to you, and in Jn it is literally Amen, amen, I say to you.
I assure you: ak Whoever does not welcome
Or not receive
am the kingdom of God like a little child an will never enter it.
16After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on ao them and blessed ap them.

The Rich Young Ruler

17 As aq He was setting out on a journey, ar a man ran up, knelt down as before Him, and asked Him, “Good at Teacher, au what must I do to inherit av eternal life?” aw

18 “Why do you call Me good?Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One – God. ax 19You know the commandments:

Do not murder; ay
do not commit adultery; az
do not steal; ba
do not bear false witness; bb
do not defraud; bc
honor bd your father and mother. be , bf

20He said to Him, “Teacher, bg I have kept all these from my youth.”

21 Then, looking at him, Jesus loved him bh and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell all you have and give to the poor, bi and you will have treasure bj in heaven. bk Then come,
Other mss add taking up the cross, and
follow Me.
22 But he was stunned
Or he became gloomy
at this demand, and he went away grieving, bo because he had many possessions. bp

Possessions and the Kingdom

23 Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth bq to enter the kingdom of God!br 24 But the disciples were astonished at His words. Again Jesus said to them, “Children, bs how hard it is
Other mss add for those trusting in wealth
to enter the kingdom of God!
25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich bu person to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 So they were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved?” bv

27 Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, bw but not with God, because all things are possible with God.

28 Peter bx began to tell Him, “Look, we have left everything and followed You.”

29“I assure you,by Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house, brothers or sisters, mother or father,
Other mss add or wife
children, or fields because of Me and the gospel, ca
30who will not receive 100 times cb more, now at this time cc – houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions cd – and eternal life ce in the age to come. cf 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” cg

The Third Prediction of His Death

32 They ch were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, ci and Jesus was walking ahead of them. They were astonished, but those who followed Him were afraid. cj Taking the Twelve aside again, He began to tell them the things that would happen to Him. ck

33 “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The
Son of Man: The most frequent title Jesus used for Himself; Dn 7:13
Son of Man cm will be handed over to the
chief priest(s): A group of Jewish temple officers that included the highpriest, captain of the temple, temple overseers, and treasurers
chief priests and the
scribe(s): A professional group in Judaism that copied the law of Moses and interpreted it, especially in legal cases
scribes, cp and they will condemn Him to death. Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles, cq
34 and they will mock Him, spit on Him, flog
Or scourge
Him, and kill Him, and He will rise cs after three days.ct

Suffering and Service

35 Then cu James cv and John, cw the sons of Zebedee, cx approached Him and said, “Teacher, cy we want You to do something for us if we ask You.”

36 “What do you want Me to do for you?” He asked them.

37 They answered Him, “Allow us to sit at Your right and at Your left in Your glory.” cz

38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. da Are you able to drink the cup db I drink or to be baptized with the baptism dc I am baptized with?dd

39“We are able,” they told Him.Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with. de 40 But to sit at My right or left is not Mine to give; instead, it is for those it has been prepared for.” 41When the other 10 disciples heard this, they began to be indignant with James and John. df

42 Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles dominate dg them, and their men of high positions exercise power over them. 43 But it must not be like that among you. dh On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, di 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be a
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slave dk to all.
45 For even the Son of Man dl did not come to be served, but to serve, dm and to give His life dn – a ransom do for many.”
Or in the place of many; Isa 53:10-12

A Blind Man Healed

46 They dr came to Jericho. ds And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind dt beggar, du was sitting by the road. dv 47When he heard that it was Jesus the
Nazarene: A person from Nazareth; growing up in Nazareth was an aspect of the Messiah's humble beginnings; Jn 1:46.
Nazarene, dx he began to cry out, “Son of David, dy Jesus, have mercy dz on me!” ea
48 Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, eb Son of David!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! ec Get up; He’s calling for you.” 50 He threw off his coat, ed jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want ee Me to do for you?“Rabbouni,”
Hb for my teacher
eg the blind man told Him, “I want to see!”

52“Go your way,Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.
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