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10:1Going up from there, Jesus crossed the Jordan River and went into the area of Judea. Once again a large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them as usual.10:2Then the Pharisees came to test him by asking whether it was permissible for a man to divorce his wife.1

10:3“What did Moses command you?” Jesus asked.

10:4And they answered, “Moses permitted a man to write up a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

10:5Then Jesus said, “It was because of your hard hearts that he wrote this command to you.210:6But from the beginning of creation ‘he made them male and female,10:7and for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,10:8so that the two become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh,10:9and no one is to separate what God has joined.”

10:10Once they were in the house, the disciples kept asking about this.10:11So he told them, “If anyone divorces his wife and she marries someone else, he commits adultery against her.10:12And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”3

10:13People presented little ones to Jesus so that he would bless them, but his disciples rebuked them.10:14When Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little ones come to me; do not prevent them! For the kingdom of God consists of such people.10:15I tell you truly that whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as these little ones do, will not enter it themselves!”10:16Then he took the little ones in his arms and place his hands on them to bless them.

10:17As he went out onto the road, someone approached quickly and dropped to his knees: “Good Teacher,” he asked, “What should I do to inherit eternal life?”

10:18“Why do you call me ‘good’?” he asked. “No one but God is good.10:19And you know the commandments: don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t give false testimony, honor your father and mother.”

10:20“I’ve kept all those commands all my life,” he replied.

10:21But Jesus looked at him with fondness and said, “You lack only one thing: Go and sell everything you have and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.”10:22But upon hearing this, he went away dejected, because he was very wealthy.

10:23Then Jesus looked around at his disciples and said, “How very difficult it is for those with money to enter into the kingdom of God!”10:24His disciples were shocked to hear this, so Jesus continued: “Students, it is very difficult to enter the kingdom of God.10:25I think it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle4 than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

10:26They were still astounded and said to themselves, “Then who can possibly be saved?”

10:27Jesus looks at them and says, “People may be unable to do this, but with God, anything is possible.”

10:28Then Peter started to say, “Look, we’ve given up everything to follow you!”

10:29“Yes,” said Jesus. “I tell you truly that not one of you who has given up a house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or property for the sake of me and the Gospel,10:30will fail to receive a hundred times more in this life: houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, property. Trials will come too, but in eternity10:31many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

10:32They were going up the road to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way. They were awestruck, but those following were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them all the things that were about to happen to him:10:33“Look, we’re going up into Jerusalem, and the Human is to be handed over to the ruling priests and scripture scholars. They will condemn him to death and hand him over to the non-Judeans,10:34who will jeer at him, spit on him, flog him, and kill him. But after three days he will rise up.”

10:35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, went up to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we have a favor to ask of you.”

10:36“What is it you want me to do?” Jesus asked.

10:37“When you are exalted, grant that one of us will sit at your right and the other at your left,” they answered.

10:38“You don’t realize what you’re asking,” replied Jesus. “Are you able to drink from the same cup as I will, and be immersed with the same immersion as I will?”

10:39“Yes, we are!” they replied.

And Jesus said, “You will indeed drink from the same cup and experience the same immersion.10:40But the places at my right and left are not mine to assign; they are for those already selected.”

10:41When the Ten heard about this, they were indignant with James and John.10:42So Jesus called them to himself and said, “As you know, those among the non-Judeans who think themselves rulers have mastery over their people, and their great ones wield authority over them.10:43But it is not to be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great must be your servant,10:44and whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all.10:45For the Human did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom payment for many.”

10:46They went up to Jericho, and then as Jesus was leaving, along with his disciples and a fairly sizable crowd, there was a blind beggar by the name of Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) sitting by the road.10:47When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout and say, “Jesus, descendant of David, have mercy on me!”10:48Many people told him to shut up, but he only shouted louder, “Jesus, descendant of David, have mercy on me!”

10:49Jesus stopped and said, “Call him!” So they called to the blind one and said, “Take courage! Get up, he’s calling you!”10:50So he threw off his cloak and jumped up and went to Jesus.

10:51“What do you want me to do?” he asked.

“My Master,” he replied, “I want to see!”

10:52“On your way!” said Jesus, “Your faith has restored you.” And right away he saw, and he followed Jesus along the road.

  1. 1This same incident in Matthew 19 gives more detail, identifying this question as the “any cause” debate among the rabbis concerning divorce. Some interpreted the scriptures to allow “no-fault” divorce, while others insisted that there had to be a valid reason. They are trying to get Jesus to take sides.
  2. 2Jesus is hereby teaching that God sometimes makes concessions to human weakness; that is, not everything God commands is a timeless ideal.
  3. 3This concerns a technicality under the law: adultery was actually against the other man, not the divorced wife. So Jesus is saying that divorce is a matter of the heart, far beyond the letter of the law, and that the wife had to be considered equally.
  4. 4The figure of speech about a camel going through the eye of a needle is a simple exaggeration of the extreme difficulty of the rich giving up their money. There was no literal city gate called “The Eye of the Needle” as some far-fetched theories claim.