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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 19:23-30

We have here Christ's discourse with his disciples upon occasion of the rich man's breaking with Christ. I. Christ took occasion from thence to show the difficulty of the salvation of the rich people, Matt. 19:23-26. 1. That it is a very hard thing for a rich man to get to heaven, such a rich man as this here. Note, From the harms and falls of others it is good for us to infer that which will be of caution to us. Now, (1.) This is vehemently asserted by our Saviour, Matt. 19:23, 24. He said... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 19:23-26

19:23-26 Jesus said to the disciples, "This is the truth I tell you--it is with difficulty that a rich man shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Again I say unto you--it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven." When the disciples heard this, they were exceedingly astonished. "What rich man, then," they said, "can be saved?" Jesus looked at them, "With men," he said, "this is impossible, but with God all things are... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 19:26

But Jesus beheld them ,.... Looking wishfully and earnestly at them; signifying thereby, that he knew their reasonings among themselves, though they did not speak out so as to be heard by him; and that there was no reason why they should be in so much concern, as their countenances showed, or possess themselves with such fears: and said unto them, with men this is impossible . Mark adds, "but not with God; for with God all things are possible"; to be done by him, if he will, which are... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 19:26

With men this is impossible - God alone can take the love of the world out of the human heart. Therefore the salvation of the rich is represented as possible only to him: and indeed the words seem to intimate, that it requires more than common exertions of Omnipotence to save a rich man. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 19:26

Verse 26 26.With men this is impossible. Christ does not entirely free the minds of his disciples from all anxiety; for it is proper that they should perceive how difficult it is to ascend to heaven; first, that they may direct all their efforts to this object; and next, that, distrusting themselves, they may implore strength from heaven. We see how great is our indolence and carelessness; and what the consequence would be if believers thought that they had to walk at ease, for pastime, along a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 19:16-30

The young ruler. I. HIS INTERVIEW WITH CHRIST . 1 . His question . Christ was "gone forth into the way" ( Mark 10:17 ); he was leaving Peraea; his ministry there was ended. But there was a young man, a ruler of the synagogue, a man of large possessions and of blameless life, who came running and kneeled to him. Perhaps he had already felt the supreme goodness of Christ, the holiness of his teaching; hut his position, his Jewish prejudices, had hitherto prevented him from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 19:23-30

The dangers of riches and the blessings of self-denied . ( Mark 10:23-31 ; Luke 18:24-30 .) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 19:23-30

Possessions and life. "Behold, one came" to Jesus (see Matthew 19:16 ). Multitudes of poor persons had followed him from the beginning; at length "one" rich man came, and, sad to say, this one retired sorrowful and unsaved. So, turning to his disciples, the Lord said, "Verily I say unto you," etc. Learn— I. THAT THE SALVATION OF A RICH MAN IS A SPECIAL MIRACLE OF MERCY . 5 . That it is outside the ravage of ordinary probability is evinced in the case of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 19:26

But Jesus beheld them ( ἐμβλε ì ψας , looking upon them ). He turned on his disciples a look full of earnestness, sympathy, and love, soothing their fears and claiming their full attention for a spiritual truth. With men ( παρα Ì ἀνθρω ì ποις ) this is impossible . Men in their own strength, relying on their own natural powers, cannot save their souls or rise superior to the snare of riches. From the entanglements occasioned by wealth, and the lowering effects of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 19:26

The impossible made possible. This is the solution of the rich man's difficulty; and it is the solution of many another difficulty. When we look away from man to God, the impossible becomes possible. I. MEN CANNOT SAVE THEMSELVES . The disciples are made to see this truth in the case of the rich, whose difficulties are peculiarly great. But that is only the extreme instance of what really applies to people in all conditions of life. 1 . In experience we see that men do not... read more

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