Mark 10:18
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. "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.

Berean Study Bible
“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone.

Berean Literal Bible
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? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Christian Standard Bible
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "No one is good except God alone.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good.

Good News Translation
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus asked him. "No one is good except God alone.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except one--God.

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

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

New American Standard 1977
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus said unto him, Why dost thou call me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

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

American King James Version
And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but 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 callest thou me good? None is good but one, that is God.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jesus said to him, Why callest thou me good? no one is good but one, [that is] 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? there is none good, but one, that is God.

Weymouth New Testament
"Why do you call me good?" asked Jesus in reply; "there is no one truly good except One--that is, God.

World English Bible
Jesus said to 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;
Study Bible
The Rich Young Man
17As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. “Good Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18“Why do you call Me good?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not cheat others, honor your father and mother.’”…
Cross References
Psalm 145:9
The LORD is good to all; His compassion rests on all He has made.

Mark 10:17
As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. "Good Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Mark 10:19
You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, and honor your father and mother.'"

Treasury of Scripture

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

Why.

Matthew 19:17
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Luke 18:19
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

John 5:41-44
I receive not honour from men…

that is.

1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

Psalm 36:7,8
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings…

Psalm 86:5
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.







Lexicon
“Why
Τί (Ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

do you call
λέγεις (legeis)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

Me
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

good?”
ἀγαθόν (agathon)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

replied.
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“No one [is]
οὐδεὶς (oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

good
ἀγαθὸς (agathos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

except
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

God
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

alone.
εἷς (heis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.
(18) Why callest thou me good?--Our Lord's question is, in St. Mark's report, in harmony with that of the seeker after life eternal. Its obvious drift was to force him back upon the conditions of absolute goodness, to make him ask himself how far, and under what conditions, that word might be used relatively of any child of man.

Verse 18. - Why callest thou me good? According to the best authorities, the words in St. Matthew (Matthew 21:17) run thus: "Why askest thou me concerning that which is good? One there is who is good." The word "good" is the pivot on which our Lord's answer turns, both in St. Matthew and here. The question is doubtless put to test the young ruler's faith. If, as may be supposed, the young man used the term, "good Master," as a mere conventional expression, it was not the proper epithet to apply to our Lord, who at once transfers the praise and the goodness to God, that he might teach us to do the same. This ruler, by his mode of accosting our Lord, showed that he had not as yet a right faith in him - that he did not believe in his Godhead. Our Lord, therefore, desired to rouse him and lift him up to a higher faith. He seems to say to him, "If you call me good, believe that I am God; for no one is good, intrinsically good, but God. God alone is essentially good, and wise, and powerful, and holy. It is from him that angels and men derive a few drops, or rather some faint adumbration, of his goodness. There is none essentially, entirely, absolutely good but one, that is, God. Therefore seek after him, love him, imitate him. He alone can satisfy your longing desires, as in this life with his grace, so in the life to come with his glory; yea, with himself. For in heaven he manifested himself as the supreme good, to be tasted and enjoyed by the blessed for ever." 10:17-22 This young ruler showed great earnestness. He asked what he should do now, that he might be happy for ever. Most ask for good to be had in this world; any good, Ps 4:6; he asks for good to be done in this world, in order to enjoy the greatest good in the other world. Christ encouraged this address by assisting his faith, and by directing his practice. But here is a sorrowful parting between Jesus and this young man. He asks Christ what he shall do more than he has done, to obtain eternal life; and Christ puts it to him, whether he has indeed that firm belief of, and that high value for eternal life which he seems to have. Is he willing to bear a present cross, in expectation of future crown? The young man was sorry he could not be a follower of Christ upon easier terms; that he could not lay hold on eternal life, and keep hold of his worldly possessions too. He went away grieved. See Mt 6:24, Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
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