Mark 7:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Mark 7:10, NIV: For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'

Mark 7:10, ESV: For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’

Mark 7:10, KJV: For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

Mark 7:10, NASB: For Moses said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER’; and, ‘THE ONE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, ISCERTAINLY TO BE PUT TO DEATH’;

Mark 7:10, NLT: For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: 'Honor your father and mother,' and 'Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.'

Mark 7:10, CSB: For Moses said: Honor your father and your mother; and Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.

What does Mark 7:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Pharisees and scribes have harassed Jesus about specific ways in which He and His disciples do not follow the tradition designed to supplement the Mosaic Law. The disciples do not fast (Mark 2:18–22) and they pick grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2:23–28); Jesus, Himself, heals on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1–6). Thus far, Jesus has countered the religious legalism with paradigm-changing ideas. For instance, that His disciples can't fast while they are in His presence, or that the Sabbath was designed by God for man's benefit, not the other way around. Jesus has explained that the traditions Pharisees and scribes follow merely disguise their lack of worship of and respect for God and His Word. Now He gets down to their level and gives a specific example.

He sets the stage by quoting the Mosaic Law that the scribes and Pharisees claim to honor. By beginning with, "For Moses said," Jesus offers two important insights. First, He affirms Moses as the primary author of the Torah. Second, He refers to the highest source of authority among the Jewish religious leaders, something much greater than the traditions of the elders (Mark 7:5).

Jesus' first quote is from the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16). The second is from one of the most controversial topics in the Mosaic Law, the law that states if a son curses his father or mother he should be put to death (Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9). "Revile" is from the Greek root word kakologeo and means to speak evil of to the point of cursing. It doesn't mean to complain about, but to disrespect to the point of abuse. In the example Jesus gives, it means to vow to not honor one's parents, which is a capital offense.