Mark 10:3

3 Jesus said, "What did Moses command?"

Mark 10:3 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 10:3

And he answered and said unto them
Very prudently and wisely,

what did Moses command you?
according to Matthew, he put another question to them; see ( Matthew 19:4 ) ; no doubt but both were put, and this after they had urged the authority and law of Moses: and therefore be very pertinently asks them, what Moses had said about divorces, what law he had left; and puts them upon producing and repeating it, that the sense of it might be examined, and it be considered, upon what account it was given.

Mark 10:3 In-Context

1 From there he went to the area of Judea across the Jordan. A crowd of people, as was so often the case, went along, and he, as he so often did, taught them.
2 Pharisees came up, intending to give him a hard time. They asked, "Is it legal for a man to divorce his wife?"
3 Jesus said, "What did Moses command?"
4 They answered, "Moses gave permission to fill out a certificate of dismissal and divorce her."
5 Jesus said, "Moses wrote this command only as a concession to your hardhearted ways.
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