ON ETERNAL LIFE
THE RICH YOUNG MAN
16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, L
"Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have
17 And he said to him, "Why do you ask me
about what is good? One there is who is good. If
you would enter life, keep the commandments."
18 He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You
shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You
shall not bear false witness,
19 Honor your
father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
20 The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do
I still lack?"
21 Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect,
go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure
in heaven; and come, follow me."
22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he
had great possessions.
23 And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly,
I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24 Again I tell
you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for
a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
25 When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying,
"Who then can be
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With
men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
27 Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed
you. What then shall we have?"
28 Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you,
in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne,
you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve
tribes of Israel.
29 And every
one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children
or lands, for my name's sake, will receive
a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
30 But many that
are first will be last, and the last first.
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt
before him, and asked him, "Good
Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal
18 And Jesus said to him,
"Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
19 You know the
commandments: 'Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not
bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'"
20 And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from
21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him,
"You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and
you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
22 At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful;
for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
"How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of
24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to
them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the
kingdom of God!
25 It is easier
for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter
the kingdom of God."
26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then
who can be saved?"
27 Jesus looked at them and said, "With men
it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
28 Peter began to say to him, "Lo, we have left everything and followed
29 Jesus said,
"Truly, I say to you, there is no one who
has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or
lands, for my sake and for the gospel,
30 who will not
receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and
in the age to come eternal life.
31 But many that
are first will be last, and the last first."
18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call
me good? No one is good but God alone.
20 You know the commandments: 'Do not commit
adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your
father and mother.'"
21 And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth."
22 And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One
thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
23 But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.
24 Jesus looking at him said,
"How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!
25 For it is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man
to enter the kingdom of God."
26 Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27 But he said, "What is impossible with men
is possible with God."
28 And Peter said, "Lo, we have left our homes and followed you."
29 And he said to them,
"Truly, I say to you, there is no man who
has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake
of the kingdom of God,
30 who will not
receive manifold more in this time, L
and in the age to come eternal life."
30 And behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."
THE LAWYERS'S QUESTION
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sad'ducees,
they came together.
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him.
36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 And he said to him, "You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
38 This is the
great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it, You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.
40 On these two
commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with
one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment
is the first of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O
Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
30 and you shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and
with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this, 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying,
what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?"
27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
28 And he said to him, "You have answered
right; do this, and you will live."
6 but whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone
fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 "Woe to the
world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come,
but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!
8 And if your
hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away;it
is better for you to enter life maimed or
lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck
it out and throw it away; it is better for
you to enter life with one eye than with two
eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
42 "Whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone
were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut
it off; it is better for you to enter life
maimed than with two hands to go to hell,
to the unquenchable fire.
45 And if your
foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is
better for you to enter life lame than with
two feet to be thrown into hell.
47 And if your
eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is
better for you to enter the kingdom of God with
one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
48 where their
worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
1 And he said to his disciples, "Temptations
to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!
2 It would be
better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast
into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of
man be lifted up,
whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes
in him should not perish but have eternal
For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that
the world might be saved through him.
who believes in the Son has eternal life;
he who does not obey the Son shall not see
life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.
13 Jesus said
to her, "Every one who drinks of this water
will thirst again,
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst;
the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling
up to eternal life."
15 The woman
said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come
here to draw."
you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell
you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit
for eternal life, so that sower and reaper
may rejoice together.
For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor
the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me,
eternal life; he does not come into judgment,
but has passed from death to life.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead
will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those
who hear will live.
search the scriptures, because you think that
in them you have eternal life; and it is they
that bear witness to me;
yet you refuse to come to me that you may
24 So when the
people saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves
got into the boats and went to Caper'na-um, seeking Jesus.
25 When they
found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when
did you come here?"
26 Jesus answered
them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek
me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures
to eternal life, which the Son of man will
give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal."
28 Then they
said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"
29 Jesus answered
them, "This is the work of God, that you believe
in him whom he has sent."
30 So they said
to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What
work do you perform?
31 Our fathers
ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread
from heaven to eat.'"
32 Jesus then
said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you
the true bread from heaven.
the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and
gives life to the world."
34 They said
to him, "Lord, give us this bread always."
35 Jesus said
to them, "I am
the bread of life; he who comes to me shall
not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I
will not cast out.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of
him who sent me;
and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of
all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day.
this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes
in him should have eternal life;
and I will raise him up at the last day."
41 The Jews then
murmured at him, because he said, "I am the bread which came down from
42 They said,
"Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?
How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"
43 Jesus answered
them, "Do not murmur among yourselves.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will
raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Every
one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.
Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has
seen the Father.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes
has eternal life.
am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it
am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this
bread, he will live for ever;
and the bread which I shall give for the life
of the world is my flesh."
52 The Jews then
disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh
53 So Jesus said
to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless
you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you
have no life in you;
he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has
eternal life, and I will raise him up at the
For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who
eats me will live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers
ate and died; he who eats this bread will
live for ever."
59 This he said
in the synagogue, as he taught at Caper'na-um.
60 Many of his
disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen
61 But Jesus,
knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do
you take offense at this?
Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life,
the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are
spirit and life.
But there are some of you that do not believe."
For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and
who it was that would betray him.
65 And he said,
is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by
66 After this
many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him.
67 Jesus said
to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?"
68 Simon Peter
answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal
69 and we have
believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
70 Jesus answered
them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and
one of you is a devil?"
71 He spoke of
Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
and I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is
able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world
keep it for eternal life.
If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my
servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has himself
given me commandment what to say and what to speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal
life. What I say, therefore, I say as the
Father has bidden me."
1 When Jesus
had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father,
the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee,
since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to
give eternal life to all whom thou hast given
And this is eternal life,
that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast
I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest
me to do;
and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which
I had with thee before the world was made.