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Matthew 19:23

    Matthew 19:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Jesus said to his disciples, Truly I say to you, It is hard for a man with much money to go into the kingdom of heaven.

    Webster's Revision

    And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    World English Bible

    Jesus said to his disciples, "Most certainly I say to you, a rich man will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with difficulty.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Jesus said unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, It is hard for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Definitions for Matthew 19:23

    Verily - Truly; surely.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 19:23

    A rich man shall hardly enter - That is, into the spirit and privileges of the Gospel in this world, and through them into the kingdom of glory. Earthly riches are a great obstacle to salvation; because it is almost impossible to possess them, and not to set the heart upon them; and they who love the world have not the love of the Father in them. 1 John 2:15. To be rich, therefore, is in general a great misfortune: but what rich man can be convinced of this? It is only God himself who, by a miracle of mercy, can do this. Christ himself affirms the difficulty of the salvation of a rich man, with an oath, verily; but who of the rich either hears or believes him!

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 19:23

    A rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven - Shall with difficulty be saved.

    He has much to struggle with, and it will require the greatest of human efforts to break away from his temptations and idols. and to secure his salvation. Compare the notes at 1 Timothy 6:9-10.