Luke 18:18
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New International Version
A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

New Living Translation
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: "Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?"

English Standard Version
And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

New American Standard Bible
A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

King James Bible
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A ruler asked Him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

International Standard Version
Then an official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

NET Bible
Now a certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And one who was a nobleman asked him and said to him, “Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And a certain prince asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

King James 2000 Bible
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

American King James Version
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

American Standard Version
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life?

Darby Bible Translation
And a certain ruler asked him saying, Good teacher, having done what, shall I inherit eternal life?

English Revised Version
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Webster's Bible Translation
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

Weymouth New Testament
The question was put to Him by a Ruler: "Good Rabbi, what shall I do to inherit the Life of the Ages?"

World English Bible
A certain ruler asked him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"

Young's Literal Translation
And a certain ruler questioned him, saying, 'Good teacher, what having done -- shall I inherit life age-during?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:18-30 Many have a great deal in them very commendable, yet perish for lack of some one thing; so this ruler could not bear Christ's terms, which would part between him and his estate. Many who are loth to leave Christ, yet do leave him. After a long struggle between their convictions and their corruptions, their corruptions carry the day. They are very sorry that they cannot serve both; but if one must be quitted, it shall be their God, not their wordly gain. Their boasted obedience will be found mere outside show; the love of the world in some form or other lies at the root. Men are apt to speak too much of what they have left and lost, of what they have done and suffered for Christ, as Peter did. But we should rather be ashamed that there has been any regret or difficulty in doing it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life! This incident is related in the three synoptical Gospels. St. Matthew speaks of him as the young man. St. Luke here styles him a ruler; by some the title is supposed simply to denote that he was the ruler of a synagogue or congregation; others, however, consider that it denotes that the subject of the narrative was a ruler of the Jews, and possibly, but this is of course doubtful, a member of the Sanhedrin. His youth (Matthew 19:20) is not at variance with this inference. Youth is defined by Philo as including the period between twenty-one and twenty-eight. All the three evangelists mention his great wealth. Dean Plumptre suggests that his large possessions and evident devotion had probably opened to him, at a comparatively early age, a place in the great council. His question concerning eternal life indicates that he was a Pharisee, and he evidently represented the noblest phase of this religious party. He had sedulously followed out the precepts of the best rabbinic schools of his day, but there was something lacking, he felt, and his intercourse with Jesus and the influence of the Master's words led him to take this question point-blank to the famous Teacher, who he felt - alone of any master whom he had met - was able to satisfy this longing desire of his heart.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And a certain ruler asked him,.... A young man, Matthew 19:20 a ruler among the Jews, a civil magistrate, and a very rich man; he ran after Jesus, and overtook him in the way, as he was going towards Jericho, Mark 10:17

saying, good master; "Rabbi"; or doctor,

what shall I do to inherit eternal life? See Gill on Matthew 19:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Lu 18:18-30. The Rich Young Ruler and Discourse Thereon.

This case presents some remarkable points. (1) The man was of irreproachable moral character; and this amidst all the temptations of youth, for he was a "young man" (Mt 19:22), and wealth, for "he was very rich" (Lu 18:23; Mr 10:22). (2) But restless notwithstanding, his heart craves eternal life. (3) Unlike the "rulers," to whose class he belonged (Lu 18:18), he so far believed in Jesus as to be persuaded He could authoritatively direct him on this vital point. (4) So earnest is he that he comes "running" and even "kneeling before Him," and that when He was gone forth into the war (Mr 10:17)—the high-road, by this time crowded with travellers to the passover; undeterred by the virulent opposition of the class he belonged to as a "ruler" and by the shame he might be expected to feel at broaching such a question in the hearing of a crowd and on the open road.

Luke 18:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Rich Young Ruler
18A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 19And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.…
Cross References
Matthew 19:16
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"

Mark 10:17
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 10:25
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 18:19
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
Treasury of Scripture

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

a certain.

Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing …

Mark 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, …

Good.

Luke 6:46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

John 13:13-15 You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am…

what.

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said …

Acts 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

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