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

  • One who came
    Jesus of Nazareth, when thou returnest to redeem thy own, beware of false profits and hypocrits who cite you as master but only have evil in their hearts, and those in power who manipulate weak minds to achieve their sinister ends; and bless those who do not think liars are innocent of evil intent but rightly discern truth as thou hast spoken yourself against the corrupt power in 33AD, and come!
  • A disciple
    To: Matthew Chapter 19 - Comment by "Bookreadingismything" on 2/14/2017; Proverbs 14:10 "The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with his joy." Our pains and hurts by others matter to the Lord; He knows our sorrows, for they are His sorrows. Forgiving and releasing someone so close, of such a hurt, is a sacrifice of righteousness, and as incense going up to God.
  • A disciple
    Anne; The yielding and surrendering of the will: the part of "walking in the Spirit" that must deny self; the part of "walking in love" that seeks not its own things; thank you for the clarification. When the Lord Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane about to be betrayed, He yielded and surrendered to the evil that was about to come upon Him, as from the Father's hand. His faith worked by love.
  • Anne
    A Disciple: I agree with you about conversion/repentance but surrendering fully to God to me is to live as stated in Gal.2:20.
  • A disciple
    Anne; Where in the Bible do you ever read that the Lord Jesus asks for OUR acceptance? And where ever in the Bible do you read that God says to "surrender" to Him? The word is, REPENTANCE; and it is what we do when we are CONVERTED! You may forgive my bluntness, but that kind of language DOES NOT COME FROM THE WORD OF GOD! If you're really and truly saved, then that means you must be converted!
  • Anne
    Whatever is hindering us from surrendering fully to God, we must get rid of it and with the help of God we can. With God all things are possible.

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