Mark 10:1-31 Bible in Basic English

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

10 1  And he got up, and went into the country of Judaea on the other side of Jordan: and great numbers of people came together to him again; and, as was his way, he gave them teaching. 2  And Pharisees came to him, testing him with the question, Is it right for a man to put away his wife? 3  And he said to them in answer, What did Moses say you were to do? 4  And they said to him, Moses let us give her a statement in writing, and be free from her. 5  But Jesus said to them, Because of your hard hearts he gave you this law. 6  But from the first, male and female made he them. 7  For this cause will a man go away from his father and mother, and be joined to his wife; 8  And the two will become one flesh; so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9  Let not that which has been joined together by God be parted by man. 10  And in the house the disciples put questions to him again about this thing. 11  And he said to them, Whoever puts away his wife and takes another, is false to his wife; 12  And if she herself puts away her husband and takes another, she is false to her husband.

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  And they took to him little children, so that he might put his hands on them: and the disciples said sharp words to them. 14  And when Jesus saw it, he was angry, and said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not keep them away; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15  Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all. 16  And he took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing, putting his hands on them.

The Rich Young Ruler

17  And while he was going out into the way, a man came running to him, and went down on his knees, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life? 18  And Jesus said to him, Why do you say I am good? no one is good but one, and that is God. 19  You have knowledge of what is said in the law, Do not put any one to death, Do not be untrue in married life, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Do not get money by deceit, Give honour to your father and mother. 20  And he said to him, Master, all these laws I have kept from the time when I was young. 21  And Jesus, looking on him and loving him, said, There is one thing needed: go, get money for your goods, and give it to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven: and come with me. 22  But his face became sad at the saying, and he went away sorrowing: for he was one who had much property. 23  And Jesus, looking round about, said to his disciples, How hard it is for those who have wealth to come into the kingdom of God! 24  And the disciples were full of wonder at his words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who put faith in wealth to come into the kingdom of God! 25  It is simpler for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a man of wealth to come into the kingdom of God. 26  And they were greatly surprised, saying to him, Who then may have salvation? 27  Jesus, looking on them, said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for all things are possible with God. 28  Peter said to him, See, we have given up everything, and come after you. 29  Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news, 30  Who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land—though with great troubles; and, in the world to come, eternal life. 31  But a great number who are first will be last: and those who are last will be first.


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