Is there some here to clarify me why this question has tow opposite different answers in Bible , such that the question is :

Did Jesus allow his disciples to keep a staff on their journey?

The first answer in Mark

(a) Yes (Mark 6:8).

The second Answer in Luke

(b) No (Matthew 10:9; Luke 9:3)

Thanks for in Advanced

  • Do you mean Matt 10:10? – Dottard May 6 at 22:18
  • The only difference between Mark and the others is the presence of an extra ei, in whose absence the text's meaning would be identical with that of the other two. Basically, me means no/not/nor, and ei me means if not (for) or except (for). – Lucian May 7 at 0:33

The "staff" in Matt 10:10 must be understood by what has been said in relation to the "spares" of other travelling provisions - it was not to be an extra staff. Thus, the travelling evangelists were allowed one staff but not two. This then agree with Mark 6:8 for just one staff (not two).

Ellicott agrees in his comment in Matt 10:10

Neither shoes, nor yet staves.--The apparent contradiction between these words and St. Mark's "nothing except a staff only," "be shod with sandals," is explained by what has been said above. They were to have none of the reserved comforts of common travellers, no second staff in case the first should break, no second pair of shoes in which to rest the worn and weary feet.

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