This account is found also in Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-39. Matthew 19:16. The rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-22) was sad. HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871) The New Testament for English Readers Matthew Commentary. of St. Matthew, “that I may inherit eternal life.” The question exhibits the highest and noblest phase of Pharisaism. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said, “What do I still lack?” 21Jesus … The two most prominent ones are found in the book of Matthew: Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 12:28, 29. both report. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 19:16-22 Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had got honestly what he possessed, yet he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this his want of sincerity was shown. and Lk. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life. The case is parallel to the unwillingness of Jesus to be called Christ indiscriminately. Luke says that he was a ruler, ( ἄρχων,) that is, a man of very high authority, not one of the common people. His thoughts were about ‘valuable things’ that could not last for ever. In Matthew 19:16, the earliest extant manuscripts say “teacher,” not “good teacher” (as in Mark 10:17 and Luke 18:18). —. Others had called him. Thus, in our own day, we find some who are not ill-disposed, but who, under the influence of I know not what shadowy holiness, (619) hardly relish the doctrine of the Gospel. but = quid, quod bonum sit, faciam? Matthew 19:16–20:16 The Rich Young Man 16 i And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to j have k eternal life?” 17 And … Greek. He will accomplish it by some bold stroke of righteousness, some grand supererogation, if he can find out what it is to be. What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? But, on the other hand, a blind confidence in his works hindered him from profiting under Christ, to whom, in other respects, he wished to be submissive. His rapid movement indicated his earnest feeling; his kneeling indicated his reverence. Good. While Proverbs 8:13 defines what the fear of the Lord is, Proverbs 9:10 shows what it produces.Understanding the effect of the fear of the Lord will help us to understand the cause. Try him with any task, and see if he will fail! Matthew 19:16-26 (16) Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" He was, beside this, conspicuously rich, and of high and ardent character. Behold one came. 18.) Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Adam Clarke Commentary. 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. of St. Matthew, “that I may inherit eternal life.” The question exhibits the highest and noblest phase of Pharisaism. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” In the narrative of the supper at Bethany, St. Matthew and St. Mark record the passionate affection which expressed itself in pouring the precious ointment of spikenard upon our Lord’s head as the act of “a woman” (Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3), leaving her unnamed. He therefore dreams of merits, on account of which he may receive eternal life as a reward due; and therefore Christ appropriately sends him to the keeping of the law, which unquestionably is the way of life, as I shall explain more fully afterwards. Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford and Phil Johnson's related comments/p>. Again someone approached Jesus with a question that provided an opportunity for Jesus to give His disciples important teaching (cf. App-6. (616) And though riches procure respect, (617) yet he appears to be here represented to have been held in high estimation as a good man. He will accomplish it by some bold stroke of righteousness, some grand supererogation, if he can find out what it is to be. The seeker has a firm belief in something that he knows as “eternal life.” He thirsts for it eagerly. zue aionios. — THE RICH YOUNG MAN, Matthew 19:16-22. , "he inherits the life of the world to come" (i.e. Matthew 19:16. The train of thought thus suggested points to the supposition that here also there may have been reasons for suppressing in the records a name which was familiar to the narrator. They are such as might well come from the brother of one who had sat at Jesus’ feet, drinking in His words (Luke 10:39)—from one who, like Nicodemus, looked on Him as a Rabbi, “a Teacher” sent from God. One came - This was a young man, Matthew 19:20. Thus, assuming that he has Mark’s words before him, and probably the original Aramaic that Jesus spoke, which some would certainly have remembered even if he did not himself, he must have had some other motive. — The case of the young man is here brought in to show that he who would be saved must be ready to give up all for Christ in the fullest sense of the words; and that he who cannot do this is deceived in supposing that he has so kept God’s law as to be thereby saved. Others had called him Lord and Son of David; but he is a noble Jew, who must give a polite address without quite admitting that he is addressing the Messiah. The man wants to know what the good really is ’ that by doing it he may attain eternal life. Or, as in the other evangelists, "inherit eternal life"; a phrase much in use with the Jewish Rabbins (a): "Judah confessed, and was not ashamed, and what is his end? The Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30) The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) Servant Leadership (Matthew 20:20-28) Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32) Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-41) The Great Commandment is a Great Framework (Matthew 22:34-40) Parable of the Faithful Servant (Matthew 24:45-51) omit the adjective, and it has probably been added here by later copyists to bring the passage into a verbal agreement with the narrative of St. Mark and St. Luke. The words show reverence and, at least, half-belief. (1-2) Jesus heads towards Judea and Jerusalem. Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. The happiness of heaven is called "life," in opposition to the pains of hell, called "death," or an eternal dying, Revelation 2:2; Revelation 20:14. Matthew 16 – Revealing Who Jesus Is and What He Came to Do A. He had been taught by his Jewish teachers that people were to be saved by doing something - that is, by their works; and he supposed that this was to be the way under every system of religion. (Schöttgen). And that can surely only have been in order to emphasise that what the young man is really concentrating on is the question as to how he himself can become ‘good’. “There is only One who is good. the is omitted in the parallels, but it is implied: of course it was something good that would have to be done in order to obtain eternal life. Active. Matthew 19:16-30 Possessions or Dispossession Matthew 19:13-15 Struggle of a Young Rich Man (Mk 10:17-31; Lk 18:18-30) Whereas Mark had spoken of a rich man, and Luke of a rich ruler, Matthew spoke of a rich young man [verse 22]. What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? It is a mistake to conceive of this man as asking what specially good thing he might do in the spirit of the type of Pharisee who was always asking, What is my duty and I will do it? That I may have eternal life.—In St. Mark (Mark 10:17) and St. Luke (Luke 18:18), and in some of the oldest MSS. What if the young ruler were Lazarus himself? But, if we are honest, we all have some things we would be very slow to let go of. The keys of the kingdom - By the kingdom of heaven, we may consider the true Church, that house of God, to be meant; and by the keys, the power of admitting into that house, or of preventing any improper person from coming in. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, He kneeled, or caught him by the knees, thus evidencing his humility, and addressing himself only to mercy. In this familiar passage we are introduced to a self-righteous man who thought that he had kept the commandments (Matthew 19:20), but knew that he did not have eternal life (verse 16). introduces a story worth telling.— : one, singled out from the crowd by his approach towards Jesus, and, as the narrative shows, by his spiritual state.— : this reading, which omits the epithet , doubtless gives us the true text of Mt., but in all probability not the exact terms in which the man addressed Jesus. But he also must have learned something about Jesus and his teaching (Master is from a word that also means teacher), and had the idea that something very different would have to be done to obtain what he was offering to the world, hence the question stated in this verse. From that time, when the apostles had made the full confession of Christ, that he was the Son of God, he began to show them of his sufferings. Matthew 19:16-25 New International Version (NIV) The Rich and the Kingdom of God. Matthew 19:16 One came - This was a young man, Matthew 19:20. omit the adjective, and it has probably been added here by later copyists to bring the passage into a verbal agreement with the narrative of St. Mark and St. Luke. Let this connection be observed and traced, and the meaning of the whole will become more clear and striking. .—The vagueness with which a man who must have been conspicuous is thus introduced, without a name, is every way significant. He has kept the decalogue until he is tired of so tame a righteousness. He knew that he lacked something very important in his life (verse 20). So he lost the joy that he could have had. Commentary on Matthew 19:16-22 (Read Matthew 19:16-22) Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had got honestly what he possessed, yet he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this his want of sincerity was shown. Didaskalos. Teacher... what good thing? Whether a Pharisee or not, he thought to earn eternal life. He was a ruler (Luke); probably a ruler in a synagogue, or of the great council of the nation; a place to which he was chosen on account of his unblemished character and promising talents. Only Matthew 19:19 includes the … Now all is "done", and "eternal life is the gift of God" (Romans 6:23. Consider this story as giving us a lesson concerning the connection between the hope of eternal life, or everlasting happiness, and the performance of good works. NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 . It was probably a title which the Jews were in the habit of applying to their religious teachers. Who can blame him? 1. The Rich and the Kingdom of God (). He came running (Mark); evincing great earnestness and anxiety, He fell upon his knees (Mark); not to worship him, but to pay the customary respectful salutation; exhibiting the highest regard for Jesus as an extraordinary religious teacher. Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life, What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life. Commentary on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 View Bible Text “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” John’s disciples ask Jesus at the beginning of chapter 11. If this good Master can inform him by what method he can pay for and justly deserve salvation, he is ready to bid for it. Our Lord, as appears by Mark, had just come forth from the house where he had blessed the children, into the way, where this rich young ruler, as Luke calls him, (that is, ruler of the synagogue,) who had perhaps been waiting, came running and kneeling. What good thing shall I do? Matthew 19:16-22. One thought on “ The Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-22) Commentary ” Songok Gilbert says: September 23, 2016 at 8:49 am. EXEGESIS: MATTHEW 11:16-19. This was a new and a very studied title by which to address our Lord. In Mark 10:17 this is rendered, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ But that is simply a difference in emphasis in translation from the Aramaic. Such a man was likely to accost Jesus courteously as “good Master,” as Mk. The points of agreement are sufficiently numerous to warrant the conjecture. And behold, one came, &c. — Many of the poor had followed him from the beginning. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds. Good Master.—The better MSS. And they took Jesus, and led him away. — By this question he manifested, 1st, That he believed in a future state; that there was an eternal life that might be inherited; he was therefore no Sadducee: 2d, that he was concerned to ensure that life to himself, and was more desirous of it than of any of the enjoyments of this life: thus he differed from many of his age and quality; for the rich are apt to think it below them to make such an inquiry as this, and young people in general are inclined to defer making it to some future period of their lives: 3d, that something must be done; some evils omitted, some duties performed, or divine injunctions complied with, in order to it: 4th, that he was, or at least thought he was, willing to do what was to be done, or to take the steps necessary to be taken for the obtaining of this eternal life. The friends who came to comfort the bereaved sisters, were themselves, in St. John’s language, “of the Jews”—i.e., of the chief rulers (John 11:19). Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I … Nor is he toning down Mark for the next verse makes quite clear that the word ‘good’ is still to be seen as connecting Jesus with God. Behold. Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life ()?” (17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. behold. Resume Prayer. The Kingdom of God is the more common in the Synoptics, the other in the fourth Gospel. In the way he phrases it Matthew has the ending in mind. In connecting it to the New Covenant terms in Hebrews 8:10, w can see that the writing of the law on the heart is a two-sided affair.Only those who have 1) made the New Covenant with God, and 2) met the terms within the framework of the time that they live, will be given eternal life. Default. His rapid movement indicated his earnest feeling; his kneeling indicated his reverence. (1-4) The Sadducees and the Pharisees seek a sign from Jesus. Would Jesus have loved such a man, or would such a man have left His presence sorrowful?— : an alternative name for the summum bonum in Christ’s teaching, and also in current Jewish speech (Wünsche, Beiträge). Figure of speech Asterismos. Commentary on Matthew 16:21-23 (Read Matthew 16:21-23) Christ reveals his mind to his people gradually. Sermon Bible Commentary. One rich man came at last, and came running, with great earnestness, and kneeled to him with great humility and reverence, Mark 10:17, and said, Good Master — Manifesting by the appellation both a submissive and teachable disposition; his persuasion that Christ was a divinely-commissioned teacher, and his affection and peculiar respect to him as such. (5) Those who seek to be saved by the law do not even know the law themselves. It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call to their companions 17 and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. But, in order to form a more correct judgment of the meaning of the answer, we must attend to the form of the question. 1 John 5:11, 1 John 5:12). He believes that it is to be won, as a perpetual inheritance, by some one good deed of exceptional and heroic goodness. (Compare John 6:28-29). This was to be gained by "doing" in that Dispensation and since the Fall. "he inherits the life of the world to come".''. See. See App-98. eternal life); Reuben confessed, and was not ashamed, and what is his end? 1. For my own part, after weighing all the circumstances, I have no doubt that, though he is called a young man, he belonged to the class of those who upheld the integrity of the Elders, by a sober and regular life. And surely those that know what it will be to enjoy eternal life, and what to come short of it, will be glad to accept it on any terms. The conversation that follows shows that he who, will be no loser, but an infinite gainer, 27-30. - He had attempted to keep all the commandments. This young ruler, who ran and kneeled to Christ (Mark 10:17), was an honest, earnest seeker after truth and life, with some admiration for, and confidence in, Jesus as a human teacher. The young ruler was obviously a Pharisee, and the language of Martha (John 11:24) shows that she too believed in eternal life and the resurrection of the dead. (He may well have said, ‘Good teacher, what good thing must I do --’, but trying to decide what Jesus said in the Aramaic is always a little dangerous, for we quite frankly never know. Try him with any task, and see if he will fail! What good shall I do? Matthew 19:1 "And it came to pass, [that] when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;" “Perea,” though it is never so named in the New Testament, was the eastern part of Palestine, sometimes referred to … Commentary on Matthew 16:13-20 View Bible Text . Matthew 19:16-22. What does "the fear of the L ORD" entail?Another proverb, Proverbs 9:10, helps us to understand: "The fear of the L ORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." For the idea of eternal life in Matthew compare Matthew 7:14, Matthew 18:8-9; Matthew 19:17 b, 29; Matthew 25:46. The accounts here(verses: Matthew 19:16-27, Mark 10:17-28, and Luke 18:18-28) are partly identical and partly complementary. (16) Behold, one came and said . Let this connection be observed and traced, and the meaning of the whole will become more clear and striking. And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life? That I may have eternal life.—In St. Mark (Mark 10:17) and St. Luke (Luke 18:18), and in some of the oldest MSS. What supremely good thing then can he do so as cap off all his efforts and so ensure that he will have eternal life? Matthew Henry’s Commentary On John 19:16-18 “Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. The Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16-30) The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) Servant Leadership (Matthew 20:20-28) Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-32) Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-41) The Great Commandment is a Great Framework (Matthew 22:34-40) Parable of the Faithful Servant (Matthew 24:45-51) One came. Matthew 19:16. The one is real life, answering the purposes of living - living to the honor of God and in eternal happiness; the other is a failure of the great ends of existence - prolonged, eternal suffering, of which temporal death is but the feeble image. Previously the disciples did not welcome children ( Matthew 19:13), but here they can hardly believe that Jesus would not welcome this man of wealth ( Matthew 19:25). Matthew 19:16. Matthew's Good News. All the texts omit. What good thing — He calculates to do something which will earn heaven. It was a natural question for a thoughtful man in those days when the teaching and practice of the religious guides made it the hardest thing possible to know what the good really was. Exegesis of Matthew 19:16-30 -- The Rich Young Man by Andrew S. Kulikovsky B.App.Sc (Hons) February 27, 1999. (17) So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? One came - This was a young man, Matthew 19:20. — Or, as Mark and Luke express it, What shall I do to inherit eternal life? They are such as might well come from the brother of one who had sat at Jesus’ feet, drinking in His words (Luke 10:39)—from one who, like Nicodemus, looked on Him as a Rabbi, “a Teacher” sent from God. He wished this man in particular to think carefully on what is good, and who, all the more that there were competing types of goodness to choose from, that of the Pharisees, and that exhibited in His own teaching.— . A young man, who was a leader, and rich—ran to Jesus, knelt, and asked this question. . Warnings against the Sadducees and the Pharisees. What good thing shall I do? tells us, he went away sorrowful, he seems to have come with sincerity, but without resolution strong enough to leave his worldly goods and possessions. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. 16. He came in the spirit of a disciple, or scholar, desiring to be taught a matter of the utmost importance to him - Good teacher. He was a ruler (Luke); probably a ruler in a synagogue, or of the great council of the nation; a place to which he was chosen on account of his unblemished character and promising talents. Matthew 19:16. The giving is a respond to christ. x. He wished no man to give Him any title of honour till he knew what he was doing. And he wanted this prophet, Whom he saw as having something of that goodness, to explain it to him. He does not simply ask how and by what means he shall reach life, but what good thing he shall do, in order to obtain it. So it is with today’s lesson. But he was not willing for God to be first in his life. What shall I do to inherit eternal life? нал, как можно ее получить. He was a ruler (Luke); probably a ruler in a synagogue, or of the great council of the nation; a place to which he was chosen on account of his unblemished character and promising talents. But he was in error, as honest and earnest seekers may be. It is obvious that the hypothesis, if true, adds immensely to the interest both of the narrative now before us, and to that of the death and resurrection of Lazarus in John 11. This man"s social standing was far from that of a child, and he provides a negative example of childlikeness. In St. John 12:3 we find that the woman was Mary, the sister of Lazarus. App-170. Compare Leviticus 18:6. Matthew 19:16.And, lo, one. The answer to the young ruler, as “One thing thou lackest” (as given by St. Mark and St. Luke), is almost identical with that to Martha, “One thing is needful” (Luke 10:42). It may well therefore have originally been there. There is one other case in the first two Gospels which presents similar phenomena. The omission of the epithet eliminates from the story the basis for a very important and characteristic element in Christ’s dealing with this inquirer contained in the question: “Why callest thou me good?” which means not “the epithet is not applicable to me, but to God only,” but “do not make ascriptions of goodness a matter of mere courtesy or politeness”. According to Matthew 19:18, Jesus did not refer to any specific commandments until the young man asked, “Which [ones]”? from the house where he had blessed the children, as Luke calls him, (that is, ruler of the synagogue,) who had perhaps been waiting, came. He calculates to do something which will earn heaven. For the exposition, see on [1330]Lu 18:18-30. and said unto him, good master: some say, that this was a title which the Jewish doctors were fond of, and gave to each other, but I have not observed it; he seems by this to intimate, that he thought him not only to be a good man, but a good teacher; that he was one that came from God, and taught good doctrine, which induced him to run after him, and put the following question to him: what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? This account is found also in Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-39. The conversation that follows shows that he who gives up all for Christ, will be no loser, but an infinite gainer, 27-30. 1. The man who came to Jesus was evidently a Jew in good standing and understood what the law required of its followers. This is probably right. Matthew 19:16-30. The circumstance was remarkable in view of the opposition of the Pharisees. But he is also aware that he himself is not good. The seeker has a firm belief in something that he knows as “eternal life.” He thirsts for it eagerly. Living the Questions. A free Bible Version and Commentary on Matthew's Gospel in EasyEnglish. that is, not = what particular good action shall, etc., but = what in the name of good, etc. § 105. “There is only One who is good. St. Luke (xviii. But once he dropped it he clearly had to slightly rephrase what followed in terms of what Jesus had said). The household of Lazarus, as the spikenard ointment shows, were of the wealthier class. Some thoughts on today's scripture. For that verse demonstrates that he is quite clear about his own view of the full divinity of Jesus. He knows that somehow there is something that keeps him from being able to be described as ‘good’. The young man is clearly well aware that only the good can have eternal life (compare Daniel 12:2-3, especially LXX). Some conjecture this young man came only in a dissembling way, to try or tempt our Saviour, as the Pharisees sometimes did, and without any design to follow his advice; but by all the circumstances related of him, by the evangelists particularly, when St. Mark (Chap. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, Matthew 16:19 states, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." John, who so clearly recognized who Jesus was when he baptized him, is now having doubts. He came in the spirit of obedience; he had worked hard to no purpose, and he is still willing to work, provided he can have a prospect of succeeding - What good thing shall I do. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” (18 “Which ones?” he inquired. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” the man inquired. And behold, one came, &c. — Many of the poor had followed him from the beginning. Matthew 19:16. , lo! Matthew 19 – Jesus Teaches on Marriage, Divorce, Riches, and Discipleship A. Jesus teaches on marriage, divorce, and celibacy. Hence the passage must not be wrested in favor of legalism. The word "Master" here means teacher. And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (Witham). From the prominence given to it in the form of our Lord’s answer, as reported by them, we may reasonably believe that it was actually uttered by the questioner. One reason for the different way in which Matthew presents it may well have been his awareness of the Jewish reluctance to apply the word ‘good’ to men when speaking in terms of God (compare how he mainly speaks of the Kingly Rule of ‘Heaven’ rather than God, even where the other Gospels use ‘God’). To "have eternal life" means to be saved. “There is only One who is good. He had lived externally a blameless life, but yet he was not at peace: he was anxious, and he came to ascertain what, in the view of Jesus, was to be done, that his righteousness might be complete. In such a case, of course, nothing can be attained beyond conjectural inference, but the present writer must avow his belief that the coincidences in this case are such as to carry the evidence to a very high point of probability. He wants to know what work of merit will bring him eternal life. Good Master - The word "good" here means, doubtless, most excellent; referring not so much to the moral character of Jesus as to his character as a religious teacher. The parable that follows (xx, 1-16,) shows that even he who does. Matthew 19:16-22: Mark 10:17-22: Luke 18:19-23: v. 16, “And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life? He believes that it is to be won, as a perpetual inheritance, by some one good deed of exceptional and heroic goodness. v3). Matthew is not arguing about wording, he is conveying an idea. From the prominence given to it in the form of our Lord’s answer, as reported by them, we may reasonably believe that it was actually uttered by the questioner.