Gospel of Mark Chapter Ten

10:1 Then he departed that place and went to the coast of Judaea on the other side of the Jordan. Crowds of people gathered around him there, and as usual, he taught them.
10:2 Then the pharisees approached him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
10:3 He replied, “What instruction did Moses give?”
10:4 “Moses permitted a written divorce certificate to divorce her.”
10:5 Jesus responded, “Because your hearts were hard he wrote this law for you.”
10:6 But from the beginning of creation, God has made men and women.
10:7 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother -
10:8 and together they will be one body. Thus they are no longer two, but rather one body.
10:9 Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate."
10:10 Then in the house, his disciples asked him again about this.
10:11 So he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.”
10:12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
10:13 Then some brought to him some young children, asking that he touch them – and his disciples admonished those who brought them.
10:14 But when Jesus saw this, he was very displeased, and said to them, “Permit the little children to approach me and don’t forbid them – because the sanctuary of God is present with those such as these.
10:15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the sanctuary of God like a child will not enter into it."
10:16 Then he took them up in his arms and placed his hands upon them and blessed them.
10:17 Later he was traveling on the road and someone ran towards him and kneeled in front of him and asked him, “Honorable teacher, what should I do in order to receive eternal life?”
10:18 Jesus responded to him, “Why do you call me honorable? No one but God alone deserves honor.
10:19 You know the commandments – ‘do not commit adultery; do not kill; do not steal; do not lie; do not defraud; honor your father and mother.’"
10:20 He replied, “Teacher, I have kept all these things since I was young."
10:21 Jesus looked at him lovingly and said to him, “There is one thing you lack: Go home, sell whatever you have and give to the poor; and you will have your treasure in the spiritual realm – then come and follow me."
10:22 He was disappointed with this answer and went away saddened, for he had many possessions.
10:23 Then Jesus looked around at his disciples and said, “How hard it is for those who are materialistic to enter the sanctuary of God.”
10:24 The disciples were surprised at his statement. But Jesus replied again and said, “Children, how hard it is to enter into the sanctuary of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a materialistic person to enter the sanctuary of God!”
10:26 They were greatly astonished, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
10:27 But he replied, “With humans, it’s impossible. But not with God: Because with God, everything is possible.”
10:28 Then Peter replied to him, “You know that we’ve left everything to follow you.”
10:29 But Jesus responded, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who leaves their home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for my sake and the Teachings
10:30 that will not receive a hundred times more than they would in this present life: houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, farms – as well as persecution – they will receive eternal life in the next lifetime.
10:31 But many who are first will be last – and the last will be first.”
10:32 Later they were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus led them. They were amazed yet humbled as they followed him. Then once again he told the twelve the things that will happen to him.
10:33 “Look, we will travel up to Jerusalem and the Servant of Humanity will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes and they will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the pagans.
10:34 Then they will mock him and flog him and spit on him and will murder his body1 – and on the third day he will appear."
10:35 Then James and John – the sons of Zebedee – approached him and said, “Master, will you do something for us?”
10:36 “What do you want me to do?” Jesus asked.
10:37 They responded, “Allow us to sit – one on your right and the other on your left – in your glory."
10:38 But Jesus replied, saying, “You don’t know what you are asking: Can you drink from the cup that I drink from? And be immersed in the water I am immersed in?”
10:39 They replied, “We can.” So Jesus responded, “Then certainly you will drink from the cup that I drink from and be immersed in the waters that I am immersed in.
10:40 But to sit on my right and on my left is not mine to give – this is given to those who have become prepared.”
10:41 When the ten heard this, they were upset with James and John.
10:42 But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that those who are respected as rulers of the materialists lord it over them – and their great ones exercise authority over them.
10:43 But this is not the case for you – rather, whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.
10:44 And whoever of you will be great will be the servant of all.
10:45 Because even the Servant of Humanity came not to be served, but to serve – and give himself to liberate many.”
10:46 Then they entered into Jericho. As he left Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, a blind man named Bartimaeus the son of Timaeus sat on the side of the road, begging.
10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he cried out, saying, “Jesus, follower of David, have mercy upon me.”
10:48 Many admonished him and told him to be quiet, but he only cried more, saying, “Follower of David, please have mercy on me.”
10:49 Then Jesus stopped and requested he be summoned. So they summoned the blind man, saying to him, “Calm down – and stand up! He is requesting for you.”
10:50 Tossing his coat to the side, he jumped up and approached Jesus.
10:51 Then Jesus responded and said to him, “What do you want from me?” The blind man said to him, “Master, to receive my sight.”
10:52 So Jesus said to him, “Go on your way – your faith has healed you.” Then immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus down the road.


1. Verse 10:34. In this context, the Greek word ἀποκτείνω (apokteinō) refers specifically to killing one’s physical body – not the soul or spirit-person within.

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