Mark 10

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1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

5 And Jesus answered and said unto 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 shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and 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 round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that 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 out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,

33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.

36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?

37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but 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 to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.

43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life 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 Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, 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, thou 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, Thou 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 unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

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Explanation of Mark 10      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Explaining the Inner Meaning of Mark 10

Verses 1, 2. That the LORD, as to His Human principle, arose out of scientifics into the goods and truths of the church, that He might restore them to order.

Verses 3-9. Teaching from the Word that all marriages on earth are grounded in the heavenly marriage of good and truth, which marriage requires that every truth shall have its proper good, and every good its proper truth, and that the understanding of truth ought to be separated from what is evil and false, that it may be conjoined to the will of good, so that both together may be made one good.

Verses 4, 5. And although the external of the Word appears to teach otherwise, yet this is merely in accommodation to the natural mind, which is not qualified to receive a purer law.

Verse 9. Which purer law originates in the union of the Divine Love and Wisdom, and therefore ought to be regarded as sacred and inviolable.

Verses 10-12. For the order of GOD requires that the understanding of truth shall not in any wise separate itself from its proper will of good, so long as that will abides in good, and does not decline to evil, and that the will of good, in like manner, shall not separate itself from its proper understanding of truth.

Verses 13-16. The same order also requires that the goods and truths of innocence be ascribed to the LORD, because heaven consists in the acknowledgement, that those goods and truths are from the LORD, and that He is in them.

Verses 17-20. No one therefore can enter into heaven unless he acknowledge the LORD, even as to His Human [essence], to be the GOD of heaven, and that from Him proceeds every good which is good, and unless he also live according to the precepts of the Decalogue, by shunning as sins the evils which are there forbidden.

Verse 18. For the LORD alone is good, and the Source of good.

Verse 19. And His precepts teach that man ought not to adulterate the goods of the Word, nor to destroy in himself the life of love and charity, nor to ascribe that life to himself, but to the LORD alone, nor to call anything good or true but what is of the LORD, thus that he should not rob the LORD of His glory, but should rather respect and exalt in himself the Divine Love and Wisdom above every other good and truth.

Verses 20, 21. Yet these precepts cannot be fulfilled until man removes his heart from the love of riches, acknowledges the LORD to be the Only GOD, and endures temptations.

Verses 22, 23. Which things appear grievous to those who abound in the knowledges of truth separate from the life of good.

Verses 24, 25. Therefore those knowledges, when so separated, are rather hindrances to the attainment of conjunction with the LORD, since it is contrary to Divine order, that sciences or knowledges of themselves, separate from the life of love and charity, should enter into heaven.

Verses 26, 27. Nevertheless they are not hindrances, if the Divine Truth be respected and exalted.

Verses 28-30. For all who reject their hereditary evils and falsities, through faith in and love to the LORD'S Divine Human principle, shall receive, through temptations, spiritual and celestial things, together with eternal conjunction with the LORD in the good of His love.

Verse 31. But they, who place merit in their own works, instead of ascribing it to the LORD, cannot attain such conjunction.

Verse 32. They, too, who are principled in the goods and truths of the church, are perplexed and troubled in their own minds about the process of regeneration.

Verses 33, 34. Until they are instructed that by a similar process the LORD glorified His Humanity, and therefore suffered Himself to be treated by the perverted church as His Word had been treated, through the perversion and destruction of its truth.

Verses 35-41. They, also, who are principled in charity and the works of charity, cannot separate, for a time, the love of dominion from those heavenly gifts, until they are instructed that they ought to prepare themselves to follow the LORD in the regeneration by temptation-combats, that so they may be fitted for conjunction with Him, since none can be great in heaven but through such preparation.

Verses 41, 42. For they who are unprepared reject heavenly good, by seeking to be greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Verses 43-45. Whereas they ought rather to make themselves the least, since heavenly joy consists in serving others from love, or in doing good for the sake of good, after the LORD'S example.

Verse 46-52. Who, out of pure mercy, imparts spiritual understanding to the ignorant.

Verse 47. If they ask it of Him from a right faith in the Divinity of His Humanity.

Verse 48. And are the more urgent to receive in proportion as they meet with opposition to their desires.

Verses 49, 50. For in such case the Divine Mercy is the more excited, and with it the consolation of hope, inclining all who wish to understand the truth to lay aside their natural prejudices, and elevate their minds to the LORD'S Divine Humanity.

Verse 51. They are taught also to explore the end or intention they have in view, when they seek the knowledge of the truth.

Verse 52. Thus their understandings are opened to the light of truth by communication with the LORD'S Divine Humanity.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 162, 164, 1072, 1419, 1812, 2027, 2343, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 3, 55, 672, 839

Conjugial Love 50, 396, 414

Divine Providence 324

The Lord 9, 24, 27, 41

Doctrine of Life 66, 99

Heaven and Hell 281, 372

True Christian Religion 113, 709


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 79, 122, 186, 239, 328, 409, 423, ...

Divine Wisdom 3

Spiritual Experiences 1061

Marriage 113

Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Genesis 1:27, 2:24, 5:2

Exodus 20:12

Deuteronomy 5:16, 24:1

Psalms 49:7, 62:11, 86:5, 146:8

Proverbs 11:28

Isaiah 42:7

Malachi 2:16

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upon
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