15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 16But Jesus called for them and said, Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.
18 A certain ruler asked him, Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 19Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 20You know the commandments: You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honour your father and mother. 21He replied, I have kept all these since my youth. 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money* to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. 23But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. 24Jesus looked at him and said, How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
26 Those who heard it said, Then who can be saved? 27He replied, What is impossible for mortals is possible for God.
28 Then Peter said, Look, we have left our homes and followed you.
29And he said to them, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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