Matthew 19:16

“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And behold, one came and said vnto him, Good master, what good thing shall I do, that I may haue eternall life?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And behold, one came to him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And one came to him and said, Master, what good thing have I to do, so that I may have eternal life?
- Basic English Bible

And lo, one coming up said to him, Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have life eternal?
- Darby Bible

And behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?
- Webster's Bible

Teacher, said one man, coming up to Him, "what that is good shall I do in order to win the Life of the Ages?"
- Weymouth Bible

Behold, one came to him and said, "Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"
- World English Bible

And lo! oon cam, and seide to hym, Good maister, what good schal Y do, that Y haue euerlastynge lijf?
- Wycliffe Bible

And lo, one having come near, said to him, `Good teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have life age-during?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 19:16


19:16 And behold one came - Many of the poor had followed him from the beginning. One rich man came at last. #Mark 10:17|; Luke 18:18.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:16


Mt 19:16 Behold, one came and said. Compare Mr 10:17-27 Lu 18:18-30. We learn that (1) he was a young man (Mt 19:20); (2) he was a ruler, probably of a synagogue, although these were usually elderly (Lu 18:18); (3) he was rich, which probably accounts for his holding office, at an unusual age (Mt 19:22); (4) he came running to Jesus and kneeled to him (Mr 10:17). Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Whether he had before heard Christ or not, he had learned that eternal life belonged to heirs, the heirs of God, his children, and had to be inherited.

Discussion for Matthew 19

  • Wayne
    2 Corinthians 3:3, the Holy Spirit writes not on tablets of stone but on the fleshy tablets of our hearts. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.
  • Stargazer
    Jesus' ministry was short upon the earth but leaves for us an eternal legacy, adapting the old and including the new. Keep the commandments which Moses hath chiseled upon the rock and which are to be found in the Ark of the covenant. But also sell what thou has that interferes with loving God more than yourself. The cares of this world are mere
    moments, while God's love is eternal. We choose.
  • Insight777
    V21_ Jesus is encouraging people to be industrious, sell your products/services, to enable themselves to have enough money to help the poor after the needs of their family are met. Follow Jesus is to lead a Christian life that includes charity to those in need. Money in excess, being Rich, leads to vanity and false thinking of being "better than" someone that has less money.
  • Wayne
    Christians are to honor their parents as Christ honored his father, who is in heaven.
  • Geraldine cole
    This is the way as a child of Jesus Christ shall live loving and honoring Jesus honoring ours parents because when we honor our parent we honor the word that Jesus told us to do love our children love one another seek peace love the unlovable pray for the unsave make sure we have the Holy Spirit who will lead us to all truth pray always study the word every day help those that need help .
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    May God count us worthy of His Great Kingdom.

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