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Matthew 19:20


The young man said to him, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 1  all these laws. 2  What do I still lack?”


Mr 10:20; Mr 10:21; Lu 15:7,29; Lu 18:11,12,21; Lu 18:22; Joh 8:7; Ro 3:19-23; Ro 7:9; Ga 3:24; Php 3:6

NET © Notes

tn Grk “kept.” The implication of this verb is that the man has obeyed the commandments without fail, so the adverb “wholeheartedly” has been added to the translation to bring out this nuance.

tn Grk “these things.” The referent of the pronoun (the laws mentioned by Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

sn While the rich man was probably being sincere when he insisted I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws, he had confined his righteousness to external obedience. The rich man’s response to Jesus’ command – to give away all he had – revealed that internally he loved money more than God.

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