Luke 10:42
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New International Version
but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

New Living Translation
There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her."

English Standard Version
but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Berean Study Bible
But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her."

Berean Literal Bible
but one thing is necessary, only one; for Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."

New American Standard Bible
but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

King James Bible
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her."

International Standard Version
But there's only one thing you need. Mary has chosen what is better, and it is not to be taken away from her."

NET Bible
but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the best part; it will not be taken away from her."

New Heart English Bible
but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But one thing is necessary; Maryam has chosen that good part for herself which will not be taken away from her.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There's only one thing you need [worth worrying about]. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her."

New American Standard 1977
but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
but only one thing is necessary, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

King James 2000 Bible
But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

American King James Version
But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

American Standard Version
but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Darby Bible Translation
but there is need of one, and Mary has chosen the good part, the which shall not be taken from her.

English Revised Version
but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Webster's Bible Translation
But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Weymouth New Testament
and yet only one thing is really necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion and she shall not be deprived of it."

World English Bible
but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."

Young's Literal Translation
but of one thing there is need, and Mary the good part did choose, that shall not be taken away from her.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:38-42 A good sermon is not the worse for being preached in a house; and the visits of our friends should be so managed, as to make them turn to the good of their souls. Sitting at Christ's feet, signifies readiness to receive his word, and submission to the guidance of it. Martha was providing for the entertainment of Christ, and those that came with him. Here were respect to our Lord Jesus and right care of her household affairs. But there was something to be blamed. She was for much serving; plenty, variety, and exactness. Worldly business is a snare to us, when it hinders us from serving God, and getting good to our souls. What needless time is wasted, and expense often laid out, even in entertaining professors of the gospel! Though Martha was on this occasion faulty, yet she was a true believer, and in her general conduct did not neglect the one thing needful. The favour of God is needful to our happiness; the salvation of Christ is needful to our safety. Where this is attended to, all other things will be rightly pursued. Christ declared, Mary hath chosen the good part. For one thing is needful, this one thing that she has done, to give up herself to the guidance of Christ. The things of this life will be taken away from us, at the furthest, when we shall be taken away from them; but nothing shall separate from the love of Christ, and a part in that love. Men and devils cannot take it away from us, and God and Christ will not. Let us mind the one thing needful more diligently.
Study Bible
Martha and Mary
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. 42But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Cross References
Psalm 27:4
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Psalm 119:173
Let Your hand be ready to help me, For I have chosen Your precepts.

Luke 10:39
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet, listening to His message.

Luke 11:1
One day in a place where Jesus had just finished praying, one of His disciples requested, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

John 6:27
Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father has placed His seal of approval on Him."

John 11:1
At this time a man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:19
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them in the loss of their brother.

John 12:3
Then Mary took about a pint of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and anointed Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Treasury of Scripture

But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

one.

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none on earth that I …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give …

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

Colossians 2:10 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

chosen.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have …

Joshua 24:15,22 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day …

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, …

Psalm 119:30,111,173 I have chosen the way of truth: your judgments have I laid before me…

good.

Psalm 16:5,6 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you maintain my lot…

Psalm 142:5 I cried to you, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge and my portion …

which.

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how you hear: for whoever has, to him shall be …

Luke 12:20,33 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Luke 16:2,25 And he called him, and said to him, How is it that I hear this of …

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

John 10:27,28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

1 Peter 1:4,5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

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