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Verses of Matthew 19

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Matthew 19:17 Commentary - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Verse 17

Why callest thou me good? It is difficult to understand the grounds of this reproof, unless we suppose that there was something in the circumstances of the case not fully described in the narrative. The words would seem to be a very respectful and proper mode of addressing even a human prophet and teacher, of such singular benevolence of heart and life.

Matthew 19:21,22. We here encounter another difficulty in understanding this conversation between Jesus and the young man. Instead of explaining to him the spiritual nature of the moral law, that he might see that he had not really kept it, the Savior seems to acquiesce in his answer, and tacitly to admit his pretensions; and then proceeds to require of him a course of action, in regard to his property, which the Scriptures do not enjoin, and which, if adopted as a general rule of action, would not have a favorable effect on the welfare of society. The usual comments on this passage do not really meet these difficulties; and it is better to leave such difficulties unsolved, than to attempt to satisfy our minds with explanations which are forced and unnatural. If we were fully acquainted with all the circumstances, we should undoubtedly see that the Savior's directions were exactly adapted to the case. And though we cannot understand the exact moral bearing of the directions, in respect to the young man, the lesson which they convey to us, is perfectly clear; namely, that the service of God, and the salvation of the soul, must be the supreme end and aim of life, and that all other objects of interest or desire must yield to their claims.

Verses of Matthew 19

17

Consult other comments:

Matthew 19:17 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 19:17 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Matthew 19:17 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Matthew 19:17 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Matthew 19:17 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Matthew 19:17 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Matthew 19:17 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 19:17 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 19:17 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Matthew 19:17 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 19:17 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Matthew 19:17 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Matthew 19:17 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 19:17 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 19:17 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Matthew 19:17 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 19:17 - Combined Bible Commentary

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament