A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: "Good teacher, what should I do to get eternal life?"
One day one of the local officials asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?"
And a certain ruler put a question to him, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life?
A certain ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
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1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “now” to indicate the transition to a new topic.
2 sn Only Luke states this man is a ruler (cf. the parallels in Matt 19:16-22 and Mark 10:17-22, where the questioner is described only as “someone”). He is probably a civic leader of some kind, a leader in the society.
3 sn The rich man wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life, but Jesus had just finished teaching that eternal life was not earned but simply received (18:17). See the similar question about inheriting eternal life in Luke 10:25.