Mark 10:51 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 10:51, NIV: What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.'

Mark 10:51, ESV: And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”

Mark 10:51, KJV: 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.

Mark 10:51, NASB: And replying to him, Jesus said, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' And the man who was blind said to Him, 'Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!'

Mark 10:51, NLT: 'What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked. 'My rabbi,' the blind man said, 'I want to see!'

Mark 10:51, CSB: Then Jesus answered him, "What do you want me to do for you? ""Rabboni," the blind man said to him, "I want to see."

What does Mark 10:51 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is the same question Jesus asked James and John when they wanted prominent positions in His kingdom (Mark 10:35–37). Asking God for things isn't wrong; Jesus says, "Ask, and it will be given to you…" (Matthew 7:7). But Jesus' half-brother James, the pastor of the church in Jerusalem, warns, "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions" (James 4:3). When we pray and ask God to fill our desires, we need to give Him permission to dig deeper into the request. We may have pure motives, like Bartimaeus who acknowledges his full dependence on Jesus. Or we may be trying to use Jesus for our own benefit. Either way, our conversation with God helps us grow spiritually.

"Rabboni," as given in the Greek and some English translations, is a form of the word rabbi with a stronger sense of lord and master. The only other time it is used in the Bible is when Mary Magdalene meets Jesus after the resurrection (John 20:16). Scholars argue over whether Bartimaeus is being especially polite, so Jesus will heal him, or if he truly understands that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of David (Mark 10:47–48).

Jesus likes to directly and personally interact with the people He heals, but Bartimaeus' faith and enthusiasm shorten the encounter. Unlike the deaf man in Decapolis (Mark 7:31–37) and the blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22–26), Jesus doesn't have to pull Bartimaeus aside to protect him from the crowd or let him know what is happening. Bartimaeus is ready, and Jesus heals him (Mark 10:52).