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 19:16

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 16
    Most of the times when we seek God 's direction we, like this man, secretly hope for a favourable answer and or immediate salvation.

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