And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Why callest thou me good?—The agreement with St. Mark is again closer than with St. Matthew.Matthew 19:13-30. See Poole on "Luke 18:18"
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.And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)19. Why callest thou me good?] According to St Matthew the question also ran, ‘Why askest thou me about the good?’ The emphasis is not on the me (for the form used in the original is the enclitic με not ἐμὲ on good. Why do you give me this strange title which from your point of view is unwarrantable? Comp. Plato Phaed. 27, “to be a good man is impossible...God alone could have this honour.”
none is good, save one, that is, God] 1 John 3:5.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.
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