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

  • BSP
    Jesus referred to singleness as a gift in verses 11 and 12. If we use our lives wisely while single, this can be a real gift.
  • Connie Snyder for verse 7
    Moses is commanding here. God is the only commander unless, Moses referred to God 's laws of sacred scripture to the couple.if their heart 's were hard, as the bible words it, that doesn 't warrant a divorce. Or are they hard with the lord?
  • Shara white
    I was reading a reply that says god only allows divorce when a man or woman commits adultery and I agree but it 's not the only reason,,, god allows divorce if the spouse harden his or her heart and also if the spouse is abusive to his or her spouse ....i don 't believe for a minute that god intends for a man or woman to remain in an abusive relationship and especially if a man is being combative with a woman just because they are married when the bible clearly states that husbands should love their wives and not be bitter towards them
  • Lawrence for verse 14
    children don 't doubt parents and do have faith in what they don 't see so is we adults to Christ .Children love and where love is no sin therefore the kingdom is for them and us born of him by regeneration and we are his children for the kingdom is in us.
  • 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 !

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