Mark 10:5

5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your 1hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

Mark 10:5 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 10:5

And Jesus answered and said unto them
With respect to this command, or sufferance of Moses, which they urged:

for the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept;
it was, not because it was right in its own nature, or according to the original will of God; but, because the Jews were such cruel, and hard hearted men, that if this had not been permitted, some of them, that had wives not so agreeable to them, would have used them in a very inhuman manner, if not murdered them; and therefore to prevent further, and greater mischief, Moses indulged them with such a precept; (See Gill on Matthew 19:8).

Mark 10:5 In-Context

3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?"
4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."
5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
6 But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.'
7 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,

Cross References 1

  • 1. Mark 16:14; [Mark 3:5; Mark 6:52; Hebrews 3:8]
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