Luke 18:18

The Rich Ruler

18 1And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to 2inherit eternal life?"

Luke 18:18 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 18:18

And a certain ruler asked him
A young man, ( Matthew 19:20 ) a ruler among the Jews, a civil magistrate, and a very rich man; he ran after Jesus, and overtook him in the way, as he was going towards Jericho, ( Mark 10:17 )

saying, good master;
"Rabbi"; or doctor,

what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
(See Gill on Matthew 19:16).

Luke 18:18 In-Context

16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'"

Cross References 2

  • 1. For ver. 18-30, see Matthew 19:16-29; Mark 10:17-30; [Luke 10:25-28]
  • 2. [Matthew 19:16]; See Matthew 25:34
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