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A Rich Man’s Question

18 A certain leader asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to have life forever?”

19 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good. 20 You know the commands: ‘You must not be guilty of adultery. You must not murder anyone. You must not steal. You must not tell lies about your neighbor. Honor your father and mother.’”[a]

21 But the leader said, “I have obeyed all these commands since I was a boy.”

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one more thing you need to do. Sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.” 23 But when the man heard this, he became very sad, because he was very rich.

24 Jesus looked at him and said, “It is very hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of God. 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Who Can Be Saved?

26 When the people heard this, they asked, “Then who can be saved?”

27 Jesus answered, “The things impossible for people are possible for God.”

28 Peter said, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”

29 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, all those who have left houses, wives, brothers, parents, or children for the kingdom of God 30 will get much more in this life. And in the age that is coming, they will have life forever.”

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Footnotes

  1. 18:20 ‘You . . . mother.’ Quotation from Exodus 20:12–16; Deuteronomy 5:16–20.

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