20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
20 The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. What do I still lack?"
20 The young man said, "I've done all that. What's left?"
20 The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?"
20 "I've obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else must I do?"
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Matthew 19:20
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. Christ's promises make his precepts easy, and his yoke pleasant and very comfortable; yet this promise was as much a trial of the young man's faith, as the precept was of his charity and contempt of the world. It is required of us in following Christ, that we duly attend his ordinances, strictly follow his pattern, and cheerfully submit to his disposals; and this from love to him, and in dependence on him. To sell all, and give to the poor, will not serve, but we are to follow Christ. The gospel is the only remedy for lost sinners. Many abstain from gross vices who do not attend to their obligations to God. Thousands of instances of disobedience in thought, word, and deed, are marked against them in the book of God. Thus numbers forsake Christ, loving this present world: they feel convictions and desires, but they depart sorrowful, perhaps trembling. It behoves us to try ourselves in these matters, for the Lord will try us.