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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 10:17-31

I. Here is a hopeful meeting between Christ and a young man; such he is said to be (Matt. 19:20, 22), and a ruler (Luke 18:18), a person of quality. Some circumstances here are, which we had not in Matthew, which makes his address to Christ very promising. 1. He came running to Christ, which was an indication of his humility; he laid aside the gravity and grandeur of a ruler, when he came to Christ: thus too he manifested his earnestness and importunity; he ran as one in haste, and longing to... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 10:17-22

10:17-22 As Jesus was going along the road, a man came running to him and threw himself at his feet and asked him, "Good teacher, what am I to do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? There is no one who is good, except one--God. You know the commandments. You must not kin, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not bear false witness, you must not defraud anyone, you must honour your father and mother." He said to him, "Teacher, I have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:17

And when he was gone forth into the way ,.... For when he had blessed the children he departed from the coasts of Judea, on the further side of Jordan, and steered his course towards Jerusalem, Mark 10:32 , and as he was on the road thitherwards, there came one running ; a young man, a ruler among the Jews, and very rich, a person of great dignity, and large substance; he hearing that Christ was going from those parts, ran in great haste to him, to have some conversation with him,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:18

And Jesus said unto him ,.... The same as in Mat_. 19:17, See Gill on Matthew 19:17 . Why callest thou me good ? This is said, not as denying that he was good, or as being angry with him for calling him so, but in order to lead this young man to a true knowledge of him, and his goodness, and even of his proper deity: there is none good, but one, that is , God ; some render it, "but one God", as the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; and so the words are a proof of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:19

Thou knowest the commandments ,.... Which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai; these the Jews taught their children; so that this young man might reasonably be thought to know what, and how many they were, though he was ignorant of the extent and spirituality of them; do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, defraud not, honour thy father and mother . In which may be observed, that the strict order in which the commandments stood is not kept; the seventh... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:20

And he answered and, said unto him ,.... With a great deal of pertness, master, all these have I observed from my youth ; See Gill on Matthew 19:20 . In a certain copy, Beza says, it is added, as there, "what lack I yet?" and so in one of Stephens's copies. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 10:21

Then Jesus, beholding him, loved him ,.... Not as God, with that special love, with which he loves his people, who were given him by the Father, are redeemed by his blood, whom he calls by his grace, justifies by his righteousness, forgives their iniquities, and, at last, glorifies: but as man, he had an human affection for him; so far as there was any appearance of moral good in him, it was agreeable to him, who loves righteousness, and hates iniquity; and though the young man betrayed much... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 10:17

There came one running - See the case of this rich young man largely explained on Matthew 19:16 ; (note), etc. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 10:21

Then Jesus, beholding him - Looking earnestly, εμβλεψας , or affectionately upon him, loved him, because of his youth, his earnestness, and his sincerity. One thing thou lackest - What was that? A heart disengaged from the world, and a complete renunciation of it and its concerns, that he might become a proper and successful laborer in the Lord's vineyard. See Matthew 19:21 . To say that it was something else he lacked, when Christ explains here his own meaning, is to be wise above... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 10:21

Verse 21 Mark 10:21.One thing thou wantest. Christ therefore does not mean that the young man wanted one Thing beyond the keeping of the law, but in the very keeping of the law. For though the law nowhere obliges us to sell all, yet as it represses all sinful desires, and teaches us to bear the cross, as it bids us be prepared for hunger and poverty, the young man is very far from keeping it fully, so long as he is attached to his riches, and burns with covetousness. And he says that one thing... read more

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