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Luke 10:42 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— but [only] one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— but there is need of one, and Mary has chosen the good part, the which shall not be taken from her.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Of few things, is there need, or, of one; Mary, in fact, hath chosen, the good part,—one which shall not be taken away from her.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— but of one thing there is need, and Mary the good part did choose, that shall not be taken away from her.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But one thing is needefull, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not bee taken away from her.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— but (there) is the one that is needed. And Mariam the good portion hath chosen, that which shall not be taken from her.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— yet but one thing is necessary; and Mary hath chosen for herself the good part, which shall not be taken from her.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
one thing 1520
{1520} Prime
εἷς
heis
{hice}
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
needful: 5532
{5532} Prime
χρεία
chreia
{khri'-ah}
From the base of G5530 or G5534; employment, that is, an affair; also (by implication) occasion, demand, requirement or destitution.
and 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Mary 3137
{3137} Prime
Μαρία
Maria
{mar-ee'-ah}
Of Hebrew origin [H4813]; Maria or Mariam (that is, Mirjam), the name of six Christian females.
hath chosen 1586
{1586} Prime
ἐκλέγομαι
eklegomai
{ek-leg'-om-ahee}
Middle voice from G1537 and G3004 (in its primary sense); to select.
z5668
<5668> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 88
that good 18
{0018} Prime
ἀγαθός
agathos
{ag-ath-os'}
A primary word; 'good' (in any sense, often as noun).
part, 3310
{3310} Prime
μερίς
meris
{mer-ece'}
Feminine of G3313; a portion, that is, province, share or (abstractly) participation.
which 3748
{3748} Prime
ὅστις
hostis
{hos'-tis}
From G3739 and G5100; which some, that is, any that; also (definitely) which same.
shall y851
[0851] Standard
ἀφαιρέω
aphaireo
{af-ahee-reh'-o}
From G0575 and G0138; to remove (literally or figuratively).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
be taken away 851
{0851} Prime
ἀφαιρέω
aphaireo
{af-ahee-reh'-o}
From G0575 and G0138; to remove (literally or figuratively).
z5701
<5701> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 251
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
her. 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Luke 10:42

_ _ one thing, etc. — The idea of “Short work and little of it suffices for Me” is not so much the lower sense of these weighty words, as supposed in them, as the basis of something far loftier than any precept on economy. Underneath that idea is couched another, as to the littleness both of elaborate preparation for the present life and of that life itself, compared with another.

_ _ chosen the good part — not in the general sense of Moses’ choice (Hebrews 11:25), and Joshua’s (Joshua 24:15), and David’s (Psalms 119:30); that is, of good in opposition to bad; but, of two good ways of serving and pleasing the Lord, choosing the better. Wherein, then, was Mary’s better than Martha’s? Hear what follows.

_ _ not be taken away — Martha’s choice would be taken from her, for her services would die with her; Mary’s never, being spiritual and eternal. Both were true-hearted disciples, but the one was absorbed in the higher, the other in the lower of two ways of honoring their common Lord. Yet neither despised, or would willingly neglect, the other’s occupation. The one represents the contemplative, the other the active style of the Christian character. A Church full of Marys would perhaps be as great an evil as a Church full of Marthas. Both are needed, each to be the complement of the other.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Luke 10:38-42.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Luke 10:42

Mary hath chosen the good part — To save her soul. Reader, hast thou?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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one:

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Psalms 27:4 One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple.
Psalms 73:25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Colossians 2:10-19 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: ... And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. ... He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

chosen:

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Joshua 24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye [are] witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, [We are] witnesses.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid [before me].
Psalms 119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.
Psalms 119:173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.

good:

Psalms 16:5-6 The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. ... The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant [places]; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Psalms 142:5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my refuge [and] my portion in the land of the living.

which:

Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: ... And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. ... When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
1 Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, ... Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
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Dt 30:19. Jsh 24:15, 22. Ps 16:5; 17:15; 27:4; 73:25; 119:30, 111, 173; 142:5. Ec 12:13. Mk 8:36. Lk 8:18; 12:20, 33; 16:2, 25; 18:22. Jn 4:14; 5:24; 10:27; 17:3. Ro 8:35. 1Co 13:3. Ga 5:6. Col 2:10; 3:3. 1P 1:4. 1Jn 5:11.

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