Matthew 19:17


“And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 19:17

“And he said vnto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandements.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 19

“And He said to him, "Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is {only} One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments."”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“And he said unto him, Why askest thou me concerning that which is good? One there is who is good: but if thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“And he said to him, Why are you questioning me about what is good? One there is who is good: but if you have a desire to go into life, keep the rules of the law.”
Basic English Bible

“And he said to him, What askest thou me concerning goodness? one is good. But if thou wouldest enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Darby Bible

“Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“And he said to him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. ”
Webster's Bible

“Why do you ask me, He replied, "about what is good? There is only One who is truly good. But if you desire to enter into Life, keep the Commandments."”
Weymouth Bible

“He said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments."”
World English Bible

“Which seith to hym, What axist thou me of good thing? There is o good God. But if thou wolt entre to lijf, kepe the comaundementis.”
Wycliffe Bible

“And he said to him, `Why me dost thou call good? no one [is] good except One -- God; but if thou dost will to enter into the life, keep the commands.'”
Youngs Literal Bible


Chris's comment on 2023-01-03 19:50:03:

Hi James. The command to give honor to our parents is to show the respect, love & readiness to be there for them when they find themselves in need. Yet, in some homes sadly, sexual abuse, drunkenness & disorderly behavior can make the child's desire to love or obey the commandment so much more difficult. Fortunately, there are laws for their protection & removal.

Then, as you quoted Matthew 19:29, and I would also submit Luke 14:26, we read of what seems a departure from giving all due love & respect to parents. However, I don't believe Jesus wants those who wholeheartedly follow Him, in maybe some service that takes them far from home, to stop loving or respecting their parents. It's a matter of priority that the Lord gives: He must always be first in our lives - even before family & self. Those who have the call of the Lord upon their lives, can certainly trust Him to care & provide for his or her family; and the family (parents) should certainly understand the burden upon their 'child' to serve & that the Lord will see to all of their needs.


Sammi's comment on 2023-01-03 08:25:14:

Not all of our , by that I mean gentiles / none Jews , mothers and fathers are Christians . Or even religious at all . The commandment was given to the Israelites and is part of the covenant of Moses , we are not under that covenant , we are part of the new covenant , Christians . We can still honour our parents , even if they are not Christians , we can still treat them with kindness and affection and respect . We , as Christians , should treat everyone with kindness and respect , but , who is King in our hearts ? If our mom or dad said to any of us : I don't want you in my house if you are a Christian ! Give it up or get out ! What would we do ? What do we think God would want us to do ? Would we do it ? So , it's just about treating everyone with kindness and respect but keeping Jesus enthroned in our hearts and anyone who doesn't want to know us because of our faith ? Stay friendly if possible ? If not , so what ? Prioritise , that's all .


James Bell's comment on 2023-01-03 04:35:32:

I have a serious question. How do we reconcile vs. 29 with the commandment to honor thy mother and father...?

Jesus restates in Matthew 15:4 the importance of this commandment as well as Paul in Ephesians.


Wendy's comment on 2021-04-02 08:59:38:

"Thou shalt not kill", (Exodus 20;13). which includes yourself. How can you ask for forgiveness if you're dead? The scriptures say, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind" (1 Corinthians 6:9, King James Version).

So, when he said "nor abusers of themselves with mankind", I would think that means those (humans) who hurt themselves, will not go to heaven.

However, the Lord says " So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

When you read God's words He is always speaking to you.


Jesse's comment on 2021-04-01 08:56:47:

In Matthew 16:13, Jesus asks the question, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? He's asking for public opinion because, in Verse 13, the disciples answered and said that some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

So the disciples gave the public opinion. You see, almost everyone has an opinion about who Jesus is. But Jesus asks another question in Matthew 16:15. He asks "But whom say ye that I am?"

The first question is public opinion. And then Jesus gets down to the "nitty-gritty." He gets down to the personal question. He says unto them, but who do you say that I am? That's the public opinion. Now, I want to know who you say that I am?

Notice Peter's confession in Verse 16: Simon Peter answered and said "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

There are two parts to this confession. And this is very important. The first part says "Thou art the Christ," HO CHRISTOS, the Christ. Christ is the translation of the Greek word that is the same as the Hebrew word for Messiah, MASHIACH, and it means the anointing.

The Jews believed that when Messiah came, He would be the anointing of God in human form. And that's who He is. Peter says "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Here's something else that is very important. If you ever care to look up that phrase, "Son of the living God," not from a religious standpoint, but just look up the phrase itself from a Hebrew standpoint, you will find out that is the phrase that is used for God.

So when he said "The Son of the living God," that is a title of God to the Jews. So, what Peter was confessing was you are the Messiah, and you are God. Wow, what a Confession!


Richard in Christ's comment on 2021-04-01 00:42:21:

Amen brother Adam.


Adam's comment on 2021-04-01 00:30:26:

What is the motive for this campaign to discredit Jesus's divinity? Why do you celebrate when you feel you have delivered your case? Does this actually come from God, or does it actually come from the great deceiver?

Some of these comments even have a sense of pride- as if demeaning Jesus is an accomplishment to be proud of. Whomever is behind this campaign seems quite closed off to just normal, non-distorted interpreations of the Word.

Shame on you and everyone who is attacking and trying to discredit the Bible and demean Jesus. I find these posts disturbing and even sickening to think that Christians are giving into a lie so easily without question. But the truth will always expose the lie. Jesus is Lord and Jesus is divine and Jesus is the Son and Jesus is one with the Father and Holy Spirit, Jesus is the I AM, Jesus is God just as the Bible says.

Isaiah 44:6

John 20:27-28

John 10:30

John 5:18

John 1:18

Colossians 2:9-10

John 10:33

John 1:1

John 1:14

1 Corinthians 8:6

Revelation 1:17-18

Acts 7:59-60

Matthew 28:19

2 Peter 1:1

Acts 20:28

1 John 5:7


Andrew's comment on 2021-03-31 23:47:23:


Deuteronomy 18:18

King James Version

18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Jesus spoke his Father's word.

The Father spoke through him.

The Father is the one that doeth the works. Who is the Father? The Holy Spirit (John 4:24, Leviticus 11:44)

Blessed be the name of the Lord!


Andrew's comment on 2021-03-31 23:44:45:

The Father in Him (the Holy Spirit) was good.

BTW the Father's name is Jesus too- John 5:43


Richard in Christ's comment on 2021-03-31 23:01:15:

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.


Hearing ears's comment on 2021-03-31 22:34:49:

Exodus 3.14 ,15

God the Father says this is His name for ever I AM THAT IAM .

No one not even Jesus has this name .

There is only 1 IAM , and Jesus is his Son .


Hearing ears's comment on 2021-03-31 22:19:55:

Jesus being the Son of God is of the Good God .

Did you think he was of the devil ?


Jesse's comment on 2021-03-31 22:00:55:

So was Jesus not good?


Mark's comment on 2021-03-31 21:09:43:

In mark 8.29

Jesus asks Peter " but whom say ye that I am ?

Peter said " The Christ "

He did not say God .

Was Peter correct ? Yes Jesus confirmed it .


Andrew's comment on 2021-03-31 20:48:48:


Ephesians 4:5-7

5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

1 Timothy 2:5

King James Version

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

1 Corinthians 8:6

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

1 Corinthians 1:3 KJV

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.


Hearing ears's comment on 2021-03-31 20:21:51:

Jesus corrects the person telling them that only God is good !

And that God is One , he excluded himself from making the claim that he is God . Since being the Son of God , does not make one God .


Tim Hunt's comment on 2010-01-08 09:50:29:

God our father in heaven is head of his future family,Jesus still a man had not yet completed his sinless life, thus qualifying to rule over his future kingdom on EARTH. So at that point he was not yet good, only our father in heaven. Sin is the transgression of the law, Jesus life as a man was not yet over, so at that point it remained to be seen if he would complete a sinless life. Jesus then told them that if they were to enter into life they also must keep the commandments.


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