The Gospel According to Mark

Chapter 10

Christ disputes with the Pharisees concerning divorce, 1-12 blesses the children who are brought to him, 13-16; resolves a rich man how he may inherit eternal life, 17-22; tells his disciples of the danger of riches, 23-27; promises rewards to those who forsake anything for the gospel, 28-31; foretells his death and resurrection, 32-34; bids the two ambitious appealers to think rather of suffering with him, 35-45; and restores to Bartimeus his sight, 46-52.

1 And he arose from there and comes into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And the people resort to him again, and, as he was accustomed, he taught them again.

2 And the Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?" 3 And he answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 And they said, "Moses 'allowed a man to write a bill of divorcement and to put her away.'" 5 And Jesus answered and said to them, "For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation, 'God made them male and female.' 7 'For this cause a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, 8 And the two of them become one flesh,' so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore, what God has joined together, do not let man separate."

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11 And he says to them, "Whoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman puts away her husband and is married to another, she commits adultery."

13 And they brought young children to him so that he might touch them, and his disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased and said to them, "Allow the little children to come to me and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter it." 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

17 And when he had gone forth into the way, someone came running, kneeled to him, and asked him, "Good Master, what shall I do so that I may inherit eternal life?" 18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, but one: God. 19 You know the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not kill,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' and, 'Honor your father and mother.'" 20 And he answered and said to him, "Master, all these I have observed from my youth." 21 Then Jesus, beholding him, loved him and said to him, "You lack one thing: go and sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. Then come, take up the cross, and follow me." 22 And he was sad at that saying and went away grieved, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and says to his disciples, "How hardly those who have riches shall enter into the kingdom of God!" 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answers again, and says to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." 26 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?" 27 And Jesus looking upon them, says, "With men it is impossible, but not with God. For with God all things are possible."

28 Then Peter began to say to him, "Behold, we have left all and have followed you." 29 Jesus answered and said, "Truly I say to you, there is no man who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, mother, wife, children, or lands for my sake and the gospel's, 30 Who shall not receive one hundred-fold now in this time—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands, along with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first shall be last, and the last first."

32 And they were on the way going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went before them. And they were amazed, and as they followed, they were afraid. And again he took the twelve and began to tell them what things should happen to him, 33 Saying, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and will deliver him to the Gentiles, 34 And they will mock him, scourge him, spit upon him, and kill him. But on the third day he will rise again."

35 And James and John the sons of Zebedee come to him, saying, "Master, we wish that you should do for us whatever we desire." 36 And he said to them, "What do you wish that I should do for you?" 37 They said to him, "Grant to us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left hand in your glory." 38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Can you drink of the cup that I drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" 39 And they said to him, "We can." And Jesus said to them, "You shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of, and with the baptism that I am baptized with you shall be baptized. 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give. It shall be given to them for whom it is prepared."

41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them, and says to them, "You know that those who are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your minister, 44 And whoever of you wishes to be the chief shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man did not come to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his life as a ransom for many."

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimeus, the son of Timeus, sat by the highway-side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me." 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace, but he cried the more a great deal: "Son of David, have mercy on me." 49 And Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying to him, "Be of good comfort. Rise. He calls you." 50 And casting away his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said to him, "What do you wish that I should do to you?" The blind man said to him, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go, your faith has made you whole." And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the way.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Mark, Chapter 10[➚]


[v.1] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:1-2.

[v.2-12] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:3-9.

[v.4] - Quoting Deuteronomy 24:1.

[v.6] - Quoting Genesis 1:27 (LXX). See also, Genesis 5:2.

[v.7-8] - Quoting Genesis 2:24 (LXX).

[v.13-16] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17.

[v.17-22] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:16-22; Luke 18:18-23.

[v.19a] - "'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not kill'" - Note that the order of these commandments is reversed from how they appear in Exodus 20. These two commandments are also presented in this order in Luke 18:20, Romans 13:9, and James 2:11. This ordering matches the ordering of the commandments in the Greek Septuagint.

[v.19b] - Quoting Exodus 20:12-16. See also, Deuteronomy 5:16-20.

[v.19c] - "Do not defraud" - This command can be found in Leviticus 19:13. Defrauding can be a form of coveting if the one defrauding covets his own motives in order to cheat or deceive others.

[v.23-27] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:23-26; Luke 18:24-27.

[v.28] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:27; Luke 18:28.

[v.29-31] - Gospel Link: Matthew 19:29-30; Luke 18:29-30.

[v.32-34] - Gospel Link: Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33.

[v.35-40] - Gospel Link: Matthew 20:20-23.

[v.41-45] - Gospel Link: Matthew 20:24-28; Luke 22:24-27.

[v.46-52] - Gospel Link: Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43.