Luke 18:19
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New International Version
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.

New Living Translation
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Only God is truly good.

English Standard Version
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

King James Bible
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Why do you call Me good?" Jesus asked him. "No one is good but One--God.

International Standard Version
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "Nobody is good except for one—God.

NET Bible
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “Why do you call me good? There is no one good except the one God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus said unto him, Why dost thou call me good? No one is good except one, that is, God.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus said unto him, Why call me good? none is good, except one, that is, God.

American King James Version
And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

American Standard Version
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, even God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus said to him: Why dost thou call me good? None is good but God alone.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, God.

English Revised Version
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, even God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is God.

Weymouth New Testament
"Why do you call me good?" replied Jesus; "there is no one good but One, namely God.

World English Bible
Jesus asked him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one--God.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus said to him, 'Why me dost thou call good? no one is good, except One -- God;
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 19. - And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. The title "good" was a singular one for the young ruler to have used. It was never used to the most famous rabbis by their pupils. It implied an intense reverence, but nothing more. The young man distinctly did not then believe the Master was Divine, else he had never made the great refusal recorded directly afterwards. "To be a good man is impossible... God alone could have this honour" (Plate, 'Phaed.,' 27). "You are looking at me," said the Master, "as a man: why give me this strange, lofty title? You are looking on me only as an earthly Teacher." The great Heart-reader was reading the young man's thoughts, thoughts which soon crystallized, as we shall see, into the refused to do what he, whom he chose to style "good," directed him to carry out.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus said unto him,.... In answer to his question, beginning with the character he gave him:

why callest thou me good? it being unusual to address men, even their Rabbins, under such a title:

none is good, save one, that is, God: or "but God alone"; as the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions render it; or, "but the one God", as read the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions; See Gill on Matthew 19:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Why, &c.—Did our Lord mean then to teach that God only ought to be called "good?" Impossible, for that had been to contradict all Scripture teaching, and His own, too (Ps 112:5; Mt 25:21; Tit 1:8). Unless therefore we are to ascribe captiousness to our Lord, He could have had but one object—to raise the youth's ideas of Himself, as not to be classed merely with other "good masters," and declining to receive this title apart from the "One" who is essentially and only "good." This indeed is but distantly hinted; but unless this is seen in the background of our Lord's words, nothing worthy of Him can be made out of them. (Hence, Socinianism, instead of having any support here, is only baffled by it).

Luke 18:19 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. 20"You know the commandments, 'DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'"…
Cross References
Luke 18:18
A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Luke 18:20
You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

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James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

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