Luke 18:16-26 NIV

16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child1 will never enter it."

References for Luke 18:17

The Rich Ruler

18:18-30pp -- Mt 19:16-29; Mk 10:17-30

18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"2

References for Luke 18:18

19 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'a "3

References for Luke 18:20

    • b 18:20 - Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20
      21 "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.
      22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor,4 and you will have treasure in heaven.5 Then come, follow me."

      References for Luke 18:22

      23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.
      24 Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!6

      References for Luke 18:24

      25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
      26 Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"