Mark 10-11 World English Bible

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Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

10 1  He arose from there and came into the borders of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Multitudes came together to him again. As he usually did, he was again teaching them. 2  Pharisees came to him testing him, and asked him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3  He answered, “What did Moses command you?” 4  They said, “Moses allowed a certificate of divorce to be written, and to divorce her.” 5  But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment. 6  But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. [1] 7  For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife, 8  and the two will become one flesh, [2] so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9  What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” 10  In the house, his disciples asked him again about the same matter. 11  He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife, and marries another, commits adultery against her. 12  If a woman herself divorces her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13  They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them. 14  But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15  Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” 16  He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

The Rich Young Ruler

17  As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18  Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. 19  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not give false testimony,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’” [3] 20  He said to him, “Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth.” 21  Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.” 22  But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions. 23  Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God!” 24  The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God! 25  It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” 26  They were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27  Jesus, looking at them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.” 28  Peter began to tell him, “Behold, we have left all, and have followed you.” 29  Jesus said, “Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News, 30  but he will receive one hundred times more now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions; and in the age to come eternal life. 31  But many who are first will be last; and the last first.”

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

32  They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was going in front of them, and they were amazed; and those who followed were afraid. He again took the twelve, and began to tell them the things that were going to happen to him. 33  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes. They will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the Gentiles. 34  They will mock him, spit on him, scourge him, and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”

The Request of James and John

35  James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came near to him, saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we will ask.” 36  He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37  They said to him, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left hand, in your glory.” 38  But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39  They said to him, “We are able.”

Jesus said to them, “You shall indeed drink the cup that I drink, and you shall be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; 40  but to sit at my right hand and at my left hand is not mine to give, but for whom it has been prepared.” 41  When the ten heard it, they began to be indignant towards James and John. 42  Jesus summoned them, and said to them, “You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43  But it shall not be so among you, but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant. 44  Whoever of you wants to become first among you, shall be bondservant of all. 45  For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Blind Bartimeus Receives Sight

46  They came to Jericho. As he went out from Jericho, with his disciples and a great multitude, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47  When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, and say, “Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!” 48  Many rebuked him, that he should be quiet, but he cried out much more, “You son of David, have mercy on me!” 49  Jesus stood still, and said, “Call him.”

They called the blind man, saying to him, “Cheer up! Get up. He is calling you!” 50  He, casting away his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. 51  Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said to him, “Rabboni, [4] that I may see again.” 52  Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has made you well.” Immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

11 1  When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethsphage [5] and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, 2  and said to them, “Go your way into the village that is opposite you. Immediately as you enter into it, you will find a young donkey tied, on which no one has sat. Untie him, and bring him. 3  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs him;’ and immediately he will send him back here.” 4  They went away, and found a young donkey tied at the door outside in the open street, and they untied him. 5  Some of those who stood there asked them, “What are you doing, untying the young donkey?” 6  They said to them just as Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7  They brought the young donkey to Jesus, and threw their garments on it, and Jesus sat on it. 8  Many spread their garments on the way, and others were cutting down branches from the trees, and spreading them on the road. 9  Those who went in front, and those who followed, cried out, “Hosanna [6]! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! [7] 10  Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 11  Jesus entered into the temple in Jerusalem. When he had looked around at everything, it being now evening, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

The Cursing of the Fig Tree

12  The next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13  Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14  Jesus told it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” and his disciples heard it.

The Cleansing of the Temple

15  They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple, and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold the doves. 16  He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple. 17  He taught, saying to them, “Isn’t it written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?’ [8] But you have made it a den of robbers!” [9] 18  The chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him. For they feared him, because all the multitude was astonished at his teaching. 19  When evening came, he went out of the city.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

20  As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. 21  Peter, remembering, said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away.” 22  Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23  For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and doesn’t doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says. 24  Therefore I tell you, all things whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them. 25  Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. 26  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”

Jesus' Authority Questioned

27  They came again to Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders came to him, 28  and they began saying to him, “By what authority do you do these things? Or who gave you this authority to do these things?” 29  Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30  The baptism of John—was it from heaven, or from men? Answer me.” 31  They reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we should say, ‘From heaven;’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32  If we should say, ‘From men’”—they feared the people, for all held John to really be a prophet. 33  They answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said to them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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Footnotes

[1] 10:6 Genesis 1:27

[2] 10:8 Genesis 2:24

[3] 10:19 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20

[4] 10:51 Rabboni is a transliteration of the Hebrew word for “great teacher.”

[5] 11:1 TR & NU read “Bethphage” instead of “Bethsphage”

[6] 11:9 “Hosanna” means “save us” or “help us, we pray.”

[7] 11:9 Psalm 118:25-26

[8] 11:17 Isaiah 56:7

[9] 11:17 Jeremiah 7:11

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