The Rich Young Ruler the Danger of Riches
Interwoven Gospels

Now as Jesus was going forth on the way, a certain ruler ran to him, and kneeling down to Him asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain everlasting life?" But Jesus said to him, "Why askest thou Me about the good? Why dost thou call Me good? No one is good but one'God. But if thou wouldst enter into life, keep the commandments. Thou knowest the commandments."

He saith to Jesus, "Which commandments?" Then Jesus said, '"Thou shalt not kill;' 'Thou shalt not commit adultery;' 'Thou shalt not steal;' 'Thou shalt not bear false witness;' 'Thou shalt not defraud;' 'Honor thy father and thy mother;' and 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

The young man saith to Him, "Teacher, all these have I kept from my youth: what do I lack?" Then Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "One thing thou lackest yet. If thou wouldst be perfect, go, sell all that thou hast and distribute it to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me."

But when the young man heard these words, he became sad, and went away exceeding sorrowful; for he was very rich, having many possessions.

Then Jesus, seeing him, looked around and said to His disciples, "How hardly shall those having riches enter into the kingdom of God! Verily, I say to you, with great difficulty shall a rich man enter into the kingdom of heaven." Now the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus, answering again, saith to them, "Children, how difficult it is for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

Now when the disciples heard this, they were astonished exceedingly; and those who heard it said to Him, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looking upon them, said, "With men this is impossible; but not with God. Things impossible with men, are possible with God; for with God all things are possible."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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