Matthew 19:26
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New International Version
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

New Living Translation
Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."

English Standard Version
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

New American Standard Bible
And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

King James Bible
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

International Standard Version
Jesus looked at them intently and said, "For humans this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."

NET Bible
Jesus looked at them and replied, "This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua gazed at them and he said to them, “This is impossible with the children of men, but everything is possible with God.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus looked at them and said, "It is impossible for people [to save themselves], but everything is possible for God."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

King James 2000 Bible
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

American King James Version
But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

American Standard Version
And Jesus looking upon them'said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus, looking on [them], said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

English Revised Version
And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus looked at them and said, "With men this is impossible, but with God everything is possible."

World English Bible
Looking at them, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having earnestly beheld, said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

19:23-30 Though Christ spoke so strongly, few that have riches do not trust in them. How few that are poor are not tempted to envy! But men's earnestness in this matter is like their toiling to build a high wall to shut themselves and their children out of heaven. It should be satisfaction to those who are in a low condition, that they are not exposed to the temptations of a high and prosperous condition. If they live more hardly in this world than the rich, yet, if they get more easily to a better world, they have no reason to complain. Christ's words show that it is hard for a rich man to be a good Christian, and to be saved. The way to heaven is a narrow way to all, and the gate that leads into it, a strait gate; particularly so to rich people. More duties are expected from them than from others, and more sins easily beset them. It is hard not to be charmed with a smiling world. Rich people have a great account to make up for their opportunities above others. It is utterly impossible for a man that sets his heart upon his riches, to get to heaven. Christ used an expression, denoting a difficulty altogether unconquerable by the power of man. Nothing less than the almighty grace of God will enable a rich man to get over this difficulty. Who then can be saved? If riches hinder rich people, are not pride and sinful lusts found in those not rich, and as dangerous to them? Who can be saved? say the disciples. None, saith Christ, by any created power. The beginning, progress, and perfecting the work of salvation, depend wholly on the almighty power of God, to which all things are possible. Not that rich people can be saved in their worldliness, but that they should be saved from it. Peter said, We have forsaken all. Alas! it was but a poor all, only a few boats and nets; yet observe how Peter speaks, as if it had been some mighty thing. We are too apt to make the most of our services and sufferings, our expenses and losses, for Christ. However, Christ does not upbraid them; though it was but little that they had forsaken, yet it was their all, and as dear to them as if it had been more. Christ took it kindly that they left it to follow him; he accepts according to what a man hath. Our Lord's promise to the apostles is, that when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, he will make all things new, and they shall sit with him in judgement on those who will be judged according to their doctrine. This sets forth the honour, dignity, and authority of their office and ministry. Our Lord added, that every one who had forsaken possessions or comforts, for his sake and the gospel, would be recompensed at last. May God give us faith to rest our hope on this his promise; then we shall be ready for every service or sacrifice. Our Saviour, in the last verse, does away a mistake of some. The heavenly inheritance is not given as earthly ones are, but according to God's pleasure. Let us not trust in promising appearances or outward profession. Others may, for aught we know, become eminent in faith and holiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - But Jesus beheld them (ἐμβλέψας, looking upon them). He turned on his disciples a look full of earnestness, sympathy, and love, soothing their fears and claiming their full attention for a spiritual truth. With men (παρὰ ἀνθρώποις) this is impossible. Men in their own strength, relying on their own natural powers, cannot save their souls or rise superior to the snare of riches. From the entanglements occasioned by wealth, and the lowering effects of its pursuit and enjoyment, the natural man is wholly unable to extricate himself. With God all things are possible. Here is the only solution of the difficulty. With the grace of God, and embracing the calls of his providence, the rich man may be delivered from his dangers, may keep a heart unspotted, may use his wealth to God's glory and his own eternal good. So the impossibility is a conditional one, to be overcome by due recourse to the help of God and the strong hope of the future life. How a rich man may be disciplined and elevated we see in the case of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:8). Many such instances have occurred in our own days, as in all Christian times.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Jesus beheld them,.... Looking wishfully and earnestly at them; signifying thereby, that he knew their reasonings among themselves, though they did not speak out so as to be heard by him; and that there was no reason why they should be in so much concern, as their countenances showed, or possess themselves with such fears:

and said unto them, with men this is impossible. Mark adds, "but not with God; for with God all things are possible"; to be done by him, if he will, which are consistent with the glory and perfections of his nature: for as he could, by his almighty power, if he would, reduce a camel to so small a size, as to be able to go through the eye of a needle, which, with men, is an impossible thing; so by the mighty power of his grace he can work upon a rich man's heart, in such a manner, as to take off his affections from his worldly substance, and cause him to drop his trust and confidence in it: he can so influence and dispose his mind, as to distribute his riches cheerfully among the poor, and largely, and liberally supply their wants, and even part with all, when necessity requires it: he can change his heart, and cause the desires of his soul to be after true riches of grace and glory; and bring him to see his own spiritual poverty, his need of Christ, and salvation by him; and to deny himself, take up the cross, and follow him, by submitting to his most despised ordinances, and by suffering the loss of all things for his sake; and he can carry him through a thousand snares safe to his kingdom and glory, which is Christ's sense; though the thing is impossible upon the foot of human nature, and strength, which can never effect anything of this kind: and as to what the apostles suggested concerning the safety of persons in the Messiah's kingdom, if no rich man could enter there, but should be in opposition to it; our Lord's answer implies, that though, humanly speaking, it was not possible and practicable that they, a company of poor, mean, and despicable men, should be able to stand against the united force of the great and mighty men of the earth; yet God was able to support, and uphold them, succeed, and keep them, and make them both useful and comfortable, amidst all the opposition and persecution they should meet with, until he had finished his whole will and work by them.



Matthew 19:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Rich Young Man
25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" 26And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 27Then Peter said to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?"…
Cross References
Genesis 18:14
Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."

Job 42:2
"I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

Jeremiah 32:17
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

Jeremiah 32:27
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

Zechariah 8:6
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?" declares the LORD Almighty.

Matthew 19:25
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"

Matthew 19:27
Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"

Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."

Luke 1:37
For no word from God will ever fail."

Luke 18:27
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God."

Hebrews 6:6
and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
Treasury of Scripture

But Jesus beheld them, and said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will …

Numbers 11:23 And the LORD said to Moses, Is the LORD's hand waxed short? you shall …

Job 42:2 I know that you can do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld …

Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongs to the LORD: your blessing is on your people. Selah.

Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs to God.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Zechariah 8:6 Thus said the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the …

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not …

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Luke 18:27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

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