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Mark 10:15

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10:15 I tell you the truth, 1  whoever does not receive 2  the kingdom of God like a child 3  will never 4  enter it.”

Mark 10:25

Context
10:25 It is easier for a camel 5  to go through the eye of a needle 6  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

1 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

2 sn On receive see John 1:12.

3 sn The point of the comparison receive the kingdom of God like a child has more to do with a child’s trusting spirit and willingness to be dependent and receive from others than any inherent humility the child might possess.

4 tn The negation in Greek (οὐ μή, ou mh) is very strong here.

5 tc A few witnesses (Ë13 28 579 pc) read κάμιλον (kamilon, “rope”) for κάμηλον (kamhlon, “camel”), either through accidental misreading of the text or intentionally so as to soften Jesus’ words.

6 sn The referent of the eye of a needle is a sewing needle. (The gate in Jerusalem known as “The Needle’s Eye” was built during the middle ages and was not in existence in Jesus’ day.) Jesus was speaking rhetorically to point out that apart from God’s intervention, salvation is impossible (v. 27).



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