Matthew 19:24

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And againe I say vnto you, It is easier for a camel to goe thorow the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to enter into the kingdome of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And again I say to you, It is simpler for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a man with much money to go into the kingdom of God.
- Basic English Bible

and again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to enter a needle's eye than a rich man into the kingdom of God.
- Darby Bible

And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
- Webster's Bible

Yes, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
- Weymouth Bible

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."
- World English Bible

And eftsoone Y seie to you, it is liyter a camel to passe thorou a needlis iye, thanne a riche man to entre in to the kyngdom of heuens.
- Wycliffe Bible

and again I say to you, it is easier for a camel through the eye of a needle to go, than for a rich man to enter into the reign of God.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 19:24


19:24 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, (a proverbial expression,) than for a rich man to go through the strait gate: that is, humanly speaking, it is an absolute impossibility. Rich man! tremble! feel this impossibility; else thou art lost for ever!


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 19:24


Mt 19:24 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man (i.e., as already explained, one who trusts in riches) to enter into the kingdom of God. In other words, one whose trust is in wealth cannot enter at all.

Discussion for Matthew 19:24

  • It is very clear, Jesus is saying it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to gain heaven when the have wealth. He was clear about having "stuff "... Materail goods...you mustn 't have ANY...give it athose in need and spread the message. This seems to be missed by American Christians, and especially by their currupted, hypercritical, preachers! Don 't over think this...he says it twice to be clear so a child could understand.
  • Irene taylor for verse 24
    with God anything is possible.
  • Matthew 19:24 "And again I say to you, that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." This passage is communicating that money can cause a person to become selfish, greedy, and hold wealth and material things as idols before God, preventing them from serving God whole heartedly and in true sincerity because God is not the priority, but money, wealth, and material gain is and the driving force in the person's life. Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." It is okay to save for retirement, and plan financially for the future, but not at the expense of putting God first. The danger comes when we place money and material gains in the place of the Almighty God.
    The eye of a needle statement refers to the entrance of a narrowing/small gate in the temple. It is not referring to a sewing machine as we know it today. They named this small entrance to the temple the eye of the needle.
  • I think you are ok to have $ and be a good Stewart with it and give. What we do for Gods kingdom. Some become rich and forget God and see more value in what is tangible. One with $ must be a cheerful giver and keep God first.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 24
    It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God, speaks of the needle gate in the temple that the camels had to have their backs clear so they could stoop down to go through. This is telling rich people to get to heaven, you have to unload your riches. The rich young ruler had many riches, and was unwilling to do so, and walked away because of his covetousness. Jesus said a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the riches that they possess. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Those who are rich in this world must not trust in riches, but be free to give to the poor, as well as the needy.
  • What exactly is the kind of needle that is referred to when the verse says it is easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24).

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