Luke 18:18-25

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]
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, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.
24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Luke 18:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
ESV
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
NLT
18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
MSG
18 One day one of the local officials asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?"
CSB
18 A ruler asked Him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 18:18-25 In-Context

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 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”
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, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.
24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Cross References 5

  • 1. Luke 10:25
  • 2. Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20; Romans 13:9
  • 3. S Acts 2:45
  • 4. S Matthew 6:20
  • 5. Proverbs 11:28

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20
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