Mark 10:5
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New International Version
"It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied.

New Living Translation
But Jesus responded, "He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts.

English Standard Version
And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

New American Standard Bible
But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

King James Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus told them, "He wrote this command for you because of the hardness of your hearts.

International Standard Version
But Jesus told them, "It was because of your hardness of heart that he wrote this command for you.

NET Bible
But Jesus said to them, "He wrote this commandment for you because of your hard hearts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and he said to them, “He wrote you this commandment confronting the callousness of your heart.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "He wrote this command for you because you're heartless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this commandment.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

American King James Version
And Jesus answered and said to them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

American Standard Version
But Jesus said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, In view of your hard-heartedness he wrote this commandment for you;

English Revised Version
But Jesus said unto them, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus answered and said to them, For the hardness of your heart, he wrote you this precept.

Weymouth New Testament
"It was in consideration of your stubborn hearts," said Jesus, "that Moses enacted this law for you;

World English Bible
But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering said to them, 'For the stiffness of your heart he wrote you this command,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-12 Wherever Jesus was, the people flocked after him in crowds, and he taught them. Preaching was Christ's constant practice. He here shows that the reason why Moses' law allowed divorce, was such that they ought not to use the permission; it was only for the hardness of their hearts. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. Let those who are for putting away their wives consider what would become of themselves, if God should deal with them in like manner.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - St. Matthew appears to give the more full account, of which St. Mark's is an abbreviation. If we suppose the scribes here to interpose their question, "Why then did Moses permit a bill of divorcement?" t he two narratives fit exactly. Our Lord here answers their question, For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. He permitted (not commanded) them to put away their wives, lest dislike might turn to hatred. From the beginning God joined them in one indissoluble bend; but man's nature having become corrupt through sin, that sin changed and corrupted the institution, and so was the occasion of bills of divorcement, and polygamy. The Law of Moses put some restraint upon the freedom with which men had till then put away their wives; for thenceforth, a divorce could not take place until some legal steps had been taken, and a regular instrument had been drawn up; and this delay might often be the means of preventing a divorce which might otherwise have been effected in a moment of passion. Thus this legislation was adapted to the imperfect moral condition of the people, who were as yet quite unprepared for a higher moral code.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus answered and said unto them,.... With respect to this command, or sufferance of Moses, which they urged:

for the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept; it was, not because it was right in its own nature, or according to the original will of God; but, because the Jews were such cruel, and hard hearted men, that if this had not been permitted, some of them, that had wives not so agreeable to them, would have used them in a very inhuman manner, if not murdered them; and therefore to prevent further, and greater mischief, Moses indulged them with such a precept; See Gill on Matthew 19:8.



Mark 10:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus' Teaching about Divorce
4They said, "Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY." 5But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6"But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 24:1
If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house,

Matthew 19:8
Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus answered and said to them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

For.

Deuteronomy 9:6 Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good …

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

Nehemiah 9:16,17,26 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, …

Matthew 19:8 He said to them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

Hebrews 3:7-10 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice…

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