Mark 10:2-22

2 And Pharisees came up and in order 1to test him asked, 2"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?"
4 They said, 3"Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away."
5 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your 4hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
6 But 5from the beginning of creation, 'God made them 6male and female.'
7 7'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,[a]
8 and 8the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.
9 9What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.
11 And he said to them, 10"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,
12 and 11if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."

Let the Children Come to Me

13 12And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples 13rebuked them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, 14"Let the children come to me; 15do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
15 16Truly, I say to you, whoever does not 17receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
16 And 18he took them in his arms and blessed them, 19laying his hands on them.

The Rich Young Man

17 20And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and 21knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to 22inherit eternal life?"
18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: 23'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'"
20 And he said to him, "Teacher, 24all these I have kept from my youth."
21 And Jesus, 25looking at him, 26loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, 27sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have 28treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
22 29Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Mark 10:2-22 In-Context

1 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
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,
8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh.
9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.
11 And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,
12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery."
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'"
20 And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth."
21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"
24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!
25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."

Cross References 29

  • 1. See John 8:6
  • 2. Matthew 5:31
  • 3. Deuteronomy 24:1-4
  • 4. Mark 16:14; [Mark 3:5; Mark 6:52; Hebrews 3:8]
  • 5. Mark 13:19; 2 Peter 3:4; [Romans 1:20]
  • 6. Cited from Genesis 1:27; Genesis 5:2
  • 7. Ephesians 5:31; Cited from Genesis 2:24
  • 8. 1 Corinthians 6:16; [Malachi 2:15]
  • 9. 1 Corinthians 7:10
  • 10. See Matthew 5:32
  • 11. 1 Corinthians 7:11, 13
  • 12. For ver. 13-16, see Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17
  • 13. ver. 48
  • 14. Matthew 18:3
  • 15. [Mark 9:39]
  • 16. [John 3:3, 5]
  • 17. [Luke 8:13; James 1:21]
  • 18. Mark 9:36
  • 19. Revelation 1:17
  • 20. For ver. 17-30, see Matthew 19:16-29; Luke 18:18-30; [Luke 10:25-28]
  • 21. See Mark 1:40
  • 22. [Matthew 19:16]; See Matthew 25:34
  • 23. Romans 13:9; Cited from Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20; [Matthew 5:21, 27]
  • 24. [Philippians 3:6]
  • 25. ver. 27; Luke 22:61; John 1:42; [Mark 3:5]
  • 26. [John 11:5; John 13:23]
  • 27. Luke 12:33; [Luke 16:9; Luke 19:8; Acts 2:45; Acts 4:34, 35; 1 Timothy 6:18, 19]
  • 28. Matthew 6:19, 20
  • 29. [Ezekiel 33:31]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some manuscripts omit and hold fast to his wife