As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees1 before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"218"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.19You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.'a "320
"Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy."
Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,4 and you will have treasure in heaven.5 Then come, follow me."622
At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich7 to enter the kingdom of God!"24
The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it isb to enter the kingdom of God!825It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God."926
The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "With human beings this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."1028
Then Peter spoke up, "We have left everything to follow you!"1129"Truly I tell you," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel30will fail to receive a hundred times as much12 in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--along with persecutions--and in the age to come13 eternal life.1431But many who are first will be last, and the last first."15