Mark 10: 1 Jesus then left that place and went into the region
of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was
his custom, he taught them. 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by
asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 "What did
Moses command you?" he replied. 4 They said, "Moses permitted a man
to write a certificate of divorce and send her away." 5 "It was
because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.
6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'
7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be
united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So they are
no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let
man not separate." 10 When they were in the house again, the
disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, "Anyone who
divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she
commits adultery." 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus
to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus
saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to
me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of
God like a little child will never enter it." 16 And he took the
children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. 17 As
Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.
"Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except
God alone. 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.'" 20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these
I have kept since I was a boy." 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him.
"One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the
poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22
At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for
the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" 24 The disciples were amazed
at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter 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 the kingdom of God." 26 The
disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be
saved?" 27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is
impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." 28
Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" 29 "I
tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or
sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel
30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age
(homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them,
persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who
are first will be last, and the last first." 32 They were on their
way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were
astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside
and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 "We are going up to
Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests
and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over
to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and
kill him. Three days later he will rise." 35 Then James and John, the
sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us
whatever we ask." 36 "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
37 They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at
your left in your glory." 38 "You don't know what you are asking,"
Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am
baptized with?" 39 "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You
will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,
40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These
places belong to those for whom they have been prepared." 41 When the
ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42
Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as
rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise
authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to
become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to
be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not
come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together
with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the
Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he
heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David,
have mercy on me!" 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but
he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus
stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On
your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped
to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 "What do you want me to do for
you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52
"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight
and followed Jesus along the road.