Luke 10:42

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But one thing is needefull, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not bee taken away from her.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but {only} one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Little is needed, or even one thing only: for Mary has taken that good part, which will not be taken away from her.
- Basic English Bible

but there is need of one, and Mary has chosen the good part, the which shall not be taken from her.
- Darby Bible

But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
- Webster's Bible

and yet only one thing is really necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion and she shall not be deprived of it."
- Weymouth Bible

but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."
- World English Bible

but o thing is necessarie.
- Wycliffe Bible

but of one thing there is need, and Mary the good part did choose, that shall not be taken away from her.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 10:42


10:42 Mary hath chosen the good part - To save her soul. Reader, hast thou?


People's Bible Notes for Luke 10:42


Lu 10:42 One thing is needful. Jesus cared nothing for bodily indulgence. The important thing was the bread of life. That, Mary had chosen. Heed the lesson that he who receives most of his word and spirit, is most pleasing in his sight.

Discussion for Luke 10:42

  • Tonguino Alexis for verse 42
    "There is only one thing needed"...This was Jesus' response to Martha.That one thing needed is saving one's soul,in other words Salvation.Also,continually feeding the soul with its desired food,which is the word...The word of God. Now,why didn't Mary join Martha for the preparations? It's clear in verse 39,which says "Her sister,Mary,sat at the Lord's feet,listening to what He taught.This tells us that,Mary was more concerned about saving her soul and knowing the word of God,rather than running after worldly pleasures to satisfy the flesh,which stands for the preparations the bible talks about.Beloved,I encourage you to embrace the freely given salvation the Lord has brought to us.
  • Kelechi victor for verse 42
    In life indeed, we are so much preoccupied with a lot of activities that could sustain our lives and improve our living standards. We are so much concerned about what to eat, what to wear, what to possess and the means to satisfy all these unlimited human wants. But we often take for granted the main thing which is salvation our eternity. We have forgot that Christ came with the sole aim of salvaging our souls from distruction by the devil, the ruler of the earth. However, the moment we begin to preoccupy ourselves with the word of God, his word will transform us into becoming salvaged christians. Lets focus on Jesus Christ, our redeemer.
  • Williams for verse 42
    The greatest chioce in life is the chioce of salvation.to follow and live for jesus. There are many good people out there, but only few are saved.being good is very much different from bring saved in christ jesus
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 42
    Sometimes we do things which we perceive to be what God wants, like Martha, whereas what we think to be none significant, listening to Him, is what He wants us to be.Man you position according to where God sits, stands and or moves.
  • A life without Christ is a waste of time eek fist the kingdom of God and its righteousness and the rest shall be added
  • Susan Dalton for verse 42
    "But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:42)

    There are many things one can have, and also lose.
    You can have health, wealth, admiration, family, and friends.

    You can have service and works and occupation.

    I have been reading "The Three Musketeers," and I saw the sequels, "Ten Years Later," and, "Twenty Years After." I thought, "Wait To You Come To Thirty Years," should be a title of a book.

    Within twenty years, there are many pivotal decisions. Did you choose God's way over the world's way? Did you keep the faith, even if it meant not being accepted, or even if it meant being rejected?

    Did you keep the faith, when if you didn't, your choice would wound someone; but, if you kept the faith, it would mean your death?

    Would you rather have blood on your hands, or your blood on the ground?

    Would you rather "get ahead," or, honor your head?

    I am curious to find out what happens in the books, "Ten Years Later," and, "Twenty Years After." I am only on chapter eight in the book "The Three Musketeers," but I can already see choices people are making, and, in such, the people they are.

    When all is said and done, one thing cannot be taken away from those who choose "that good part."

    Many things will pass away - in ten years, in twenty years - in a lifetime; but "that good part" will not be taken away.

    Abide in Jesus, and "that good part" cannot be taken away.

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