Matthew 19:21

“Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus said vnto him, If thou wilt be perfect, goe and sell that thou hast, and giue to the poore, and thou shalt haue treasure in heauen: and come and follow me.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go {and} sell your possessions and give to {the} poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to him, If you have a desire to be complete, go, get money for your property, and give it to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven: and come after me.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus said to him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell what thou hast and give to [the] poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.
- Darby Bible

Jesus said to him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
- Webster's Bible

If you desire to be perfect, replied Jesus, "go and sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have wealth in Heaven; and come, follow me."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
- World English Bible

Jhesus seith to hym, If thou wolt be perfite, go, and sille alle thingis that thou hast, and yyue to pore men, and thou schalt haue tresoure in heuene; and come, and sue me.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus said to him, `If thou dost will to be perfect, go away, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 19:21


19:21 If thou desirest to be perfect - That is, to be a real Christian: Sell what thou hast - He who reads the heart saw his bosom sin was love of the world; and knew he could not be saved from this, but by literally renouncing it. To him therefore he gave this particular direction, which he never designed for a general rule. For him that was necessary to salvation: to us it is not. To sell all was an absolute duty to him; to many of us it would be ali absolute sin. The young man went away - Not being willing to have salvation at so high a price.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:21


Mt 19:21 If thou wilt be perfect. To be good he must be perfect. Sell what thou hast. The injunction of the Lord is manifestly intended to bring out the fact that the young man had made an idol of his riches.

Discussion for Matthew 19

  • MockingBird for verse 19
    I will honor my parents in all even if I do not agree with what they do : They are my parents and I will respect and honor them : To love my neighbor as myself is hard sometimes : But it can be done : I have Holy Spirit within to help : In not doing these is great loss : In doing these , there is Great Blessings !!
  • SUNDAY CHUKWUEMEKA for verse 9
    Matthew19:9 is as clear as Jesus stated it. It means that a man cannot put away his wife unless on account of fornication. And under this condition, he can marry another woman without being guilty of adultery. But if he puts his wife away on any other condition different from fornication, he should remain unmarried in order to be free from condemnation. Note that Jesus used the words fornication and adultery interchangeably in the verse for those that want to complicate the matter more from there.
  • Shirley Jeffcoat for verse 9
    Fornication is two individuals not married to each other having sex. When Jesus said you can't put your wife away except fornication all this means, if your spouse cheats on you. You are no longer under the vow of marriage law. You are allow by God to divorce them. He is letting you know that is the only reason you can divorce and remarried any other way you are an alduterious. Marriage was meant until death so it should be taken seriously. Once you lay with someone else you have sinned against your own body and you twain is no longer one. So you have freed your spouse from marriage until death. You can forgive them but you don't have to continue living with them. So before you get married take a long look at that person beyond physical attraction lust ... and look deep in your heart to see if you are willing to spend the rest of your life with them. God word is true and will never fail.
  • God is very clear! Homosexuality violates His Holy word.
  • Jesus said fornication, sex outside of marriage he didn 't say adultery because he told us that if you lust for another woman in your heart you committed adultery. I think he might be quite literal here. If one spouse has fornicates then the other spouse can put her away. I would like to see a greek bible on this.
  • John madden for verse 29
    Thiers no guarantee that our conversion will affect any of these folks mentioned .but it could but also some have been under persuction that have been by those in thier own house hold.some times our relations to god has a adverse affect up on our familys although we would want them saved thats our hope

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