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Matthew 19:20

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

Read Matthew 19:20 Using Other Translations

The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. What do I still lack?"
“I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”

What does Matthew 19:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 19:20

The young man saith unto him
For though he was so very rich and in such an exalted station in life, as to be a ruler, it seems he was but a young man; and to be so early serious and religious, amidst so much riches and grandeur, though it was but externally, was both remarkable and commendable: upon hearing the answer of Christ, with which he was highly pleased and greatly elated, he very pertly replies,

all these things have I kept from my youth up:
as soon as he was capable of learning, his parents taught him these precepts; and ever since he had the use of his reason, and understood the letter, and outward meaning of them, he had been careful to observe them; nor could he charge himself with any open and flagrant transgression of them; not understanding the internal sense, extensive compass, and spirituality of them; and therefore asks,

what lack I yet?
In what am I deficient hitherto? in what have I come short of doing these things? what remains at last to be performed? what other precepts are to be obeyed? if there are any other commands, I am ready to observe them, which may be thought necessary to obtain eternal life.

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