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

  • S. Burris
    My comments on verse 9 I feel if you get a divorce if the man or the woman gets put away just don't marry, cause I want to go to heaven and I don't want nothing hendering me from going, so I suggest just stay single and live for the Lord. We have so many people today just marriing and if they don't like this one, they go and get another, not of the Lord.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Nick, if those in heaven did not have "free will ", satan would still be there! Verse 9 says "fornication " is the only acceptable cause of divorce and if a man divorce his wife without this cause and she remarries, she has sinned and the man caused it by putting her away, i.e. divorcing her.
  • Nick o demus for verse 14
    Could all you be blind, surely he is telling you that this is the mentality of those in paradise. No cares, worries, needs, wants or free will, you will be like children !
  • OMALE
    Our Salvation is of God. We cannot by ourselves make heaven. But the comforting word in verse 26 is "with God nothing shall be impossible ". Amen.
  • Lonnie Jones for verse 26
    Jesus gave me the power to tell the world the gospel thats proof he is almighty
  • Evangelist Chatauna Robinson
    Hello Tricia We are married under the laws of God and man. You cannot get married without following the laws of this land. The preacher cannot marry you unless he is ordained to marry you. The only way he is ordained is by the statues and laws of that religion and the law of this land. It is set up so that this world will not recognize marriage without following certain rules of this land. I understand what you are saying but this is how they are able to give written letters of divorcement. Moses did it back in the day. In the beginning it was not so. Read over in 1 Corinthians 7 concerning men and women. Read Matthew 5 Matthew 19 and Mark 10. In the end, marriage is an institution in which one should not enter in lightly. It is a commitment between a man and a woman. This is the only type of marriage that God recognizes.

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