Luke 18:18-30

The Rich Young Ruler

18 1A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall 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, '2DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.' "
21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."
22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; 3sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have 4treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
24 And Jesus looked at him and said, "5How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
25 "For 6it 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 They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27 But He said, "7The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
28 Peter said, "Behold, 8we have left our own homes and followed You."
29 And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, 9there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in 10the age to come, eternal life."

Luke 18:18-30 In-Context

16 But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
17 "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall 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.' "
21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."
22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
24 And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
25 "For 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 They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27 But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
28 Peter said, "Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You."
29 And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life."
31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.
32 "For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon,

Cross References 10

  • 1. Luke 18:18-30: {Matthew 19:16-29; Mark 10:17-30;} Luke 10:25-28
  • 2. Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20
  • 3. Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:33
  • 4. Matthew 6:20
  • 5. Matthew 19:23; Mark 10:23
  • 6. Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25
  • 7. Matthew 19:26
  • 8. Luke 5:11
  • 9. Matthew 6:33; Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29
  • 10. Matthew 12:32

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