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Matthew 19:16

    Matthew 19:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And behold, one came to him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    And behold, one came to him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 19:16

    One came - Instead of εις one, several MSS., the Slavonic version, and Hilary, read νεανισκος τις, a certain young man.

    Good, etc. - Much instruction may be had from seriously attending to the conduct, spirit, and question of this person.

    1. He came running, (Mark 10:17), for he was deeply convinced of the importance of his business, and seriously determined to seek so as to find.

    2. He kneeled, or caught him by the knees, thus evidencing his humility, and addressing himself only to mercy. See Matthew 17:14.

    3. He came in the spirit of a disciple, or scholar, desiring to be taught a matter of the utmost importance to him - Good teacher.

    4. He came in the spirit of obedience; he had worked hard to no purpose, and he is still willing to work, provided he can have a prospect of succeeding - What good thing shall Ido?

    5. His question was the most interesting and important that any soul can ask of God - How shall I be saved?

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 19:16

    This account is found also in Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-39.

    Matthew 19:16

    One came - This was a young man, Matthew 19:20. He was a ruler (Luke); probably a ruler in a synagogue, or of the great council of the nation; a place to which he was chosen on account of his unblemished character and promising talents. He came running (Mark); evincing great earnestness and anxiety, He fell upon his knees (Mark); not to worship him, but to pay the customary respectful salutation; exhibiting the highest regard for Jesus as an extraordinary religious teacher.

    Good Master - The word "good" here means, doubtless, most excellent; referring not so much to the moral character of Jesus as to his character as a religious teacher. It was probably a title which the Jews were in the habit of applying to their religious teachers. The word "Master" here means teacher.

    What good thing shall I do? - He had attempted to keep all the commandments. He had been taught by his Jewish teachers that people were to be saved by doing something - that is, by their works; and he supposed that this was to be the way under every system of religion. He had lived externally a blameless life, but yet he was not at peace: he was anxious, and he came to ascertain what, in the view of Jesus, was to be done, that his righteousness might be complete. To "have eternal life" means to be saved. The happiness of heaven is called "life," in opposition to the pains of hell, called "death," or an eternal dying, Revelation 2:2; Revelation 20:14. The one is real life, answering the purposes of living - living to the honor of God and in eternal happiness; the other is a failure of the great ends of existence - prolonged, eternal suffering, of which temporal death is but the feeble image.

    Wesley's Notes on 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.