Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 18:24

And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Covetousness;   Jesus, the Christ;   Kingdom of Heaven;   Rich, the;   Riches;   Salvation;   The Topic Concordance - Eternal Life;   Following;   Forsaking;   Kingdom of God;   Trust;   Wealth;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Wealth;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hearing the Word of God;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Zacchaeus;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Perfection;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Common Life;   Discourse;   Poverty (2);   Property (2);   Social Life;   Wealth;   Wealth (2);   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Hard;   Riches;  
Devotionals:
Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life - Devotion for August 17;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

How hardly shall they that have riches, etc. - See the notes on this discourse of our Lord, on Matthew 19:21-30; (note), and Mark 10:30; (note).

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/luke-18.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And Jesus seeing him said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Abraham, Job, David, and most of the mighty patriarchs of Israel were men of very great wealth; yet Jesus affirmed that these shall be in the everlasting kingdom (Luke 13:28). Moreover, the inspired evangelist Philip, and other distinguished persons in the New Testament church, were men of extensive means; and, therefore, what Jesus taught here is not the impossibility of a rich man's being saved, but the difficulty of it. Wealth itself is "unrighteous," no matter how innocently it might have been acquired, being inherently charged with temptations few find the strength to overcome. See under Luke 16:9.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/luke-18.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful,.... As he might, by his looks and gestures; and perceived that he was determined not to part with his possessions, and follow him:

he said to his disciples, how hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! embrace the Gospel, and submit to the ordinances of it; deny themselves, part with their worldly substance for the cause of Christ, and interest of religion. Riches, which should be a reason for, are often a bar unto a profession of Christ, and his Gospel. This is delivered as an affirmation, or by way of assertion; see Gill on Matthew 19:23.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-18.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

8 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

(8) To be both rich and godly is a singular gift of God.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/luke-18.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

when Jesus saw — Mark says (Mark 3:34), He “looked round about” - as if first following the departing youth with His eye - “and saith unto His disciples.”

How hardly, etc. — with what difficulty. In Mark (Mark 10:24) an explanation is added, “How hard is it for them that trust in riches,” etc. — that is, with what difficulty is this idolatrous trust conquered, without which they cannot enter; and this is introduced by the word “children” - sweet diminutive of affection and pity (John 21:5).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/luke-18.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Shall they enter (εισπορευονταιeisporeuontai). Present middle indicative, futuristic present.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-18.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

The Fourfold Gospel

And Jesus seeing him1 said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

  1. And Jesus seeing him. See .

  2. Said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! See .

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-18.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Ver. 24. See Matthew 19:23.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-18.html. 1865-1868.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Our holy Lord takes occasion from the rich man's departure from him, to discourse concerning the danger of riches, and the difficulties that attend rich men in their way to heaven.

From whence we may collect and gather,

1. That rich men do certainly meet with more difficulties in their way to heaven than other men; it is difficult to withdraw their affections from riches, to place their supreme love upon God in the midst of their riches, and to depend entirely upon God in a rich condition; for the rich man's wealth is his strong tower.

2. That yet the fault lies not in riches, but in rich men, who by placing their trust and reposing their confidence in riches, do render their salvation difficult, if not impossible.

3. Our Saviour's proverbial speech of a camels going through the eye of a needle implies thus much, that it is not only a great difficulty, but an utter impossibility, for such as abound in worldly wealth, and place their confidence therein, to be saved, without an extraordinary grace and assistance from God. It is hard for God to make a rich man happy, because he thinks himself happy without God.

4. That as difficult and impossible as this may seem to men, yet nothing is impossible with God; he can change the heart of the rich, by the rich and powerful influences of his Holy Spirit: That which is impossible with men is possible with God.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/luke-18.html. 1700-1703.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 18:18"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 18:24". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-18.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And Jesus seeing him said, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter into the Kingly Rule of God!”

So Jesus pointed out to him how hard it was for someone who had riches to come under the Kingly Rule of God. For to be under the Kingly Rule of God means that God holds the reins, that God determines each moment what we should do, and that we acknowledge that all that we have belongs to Him. To come under His control thus means a man putting his riches under God’s control, for Him to use as He wills. And to maintain such a position in a world where the rich man was king would be very difficult. Furthermore in the case of this man Jesus did not think that he could cope with it. He feared that unless his riches were gone completely it would not be long before Mammon again got the upper hand. His only real hope was therefore to rid himself of the weight that so easily beset him while he was thinking about it. Then he would be truly free. There are moments in every man and woman’s life where they cannot afford to make the wrong choice. This man would theoretically be continually free to make the choice that was put before him. But both Jesus and he knew that the crunch moment was now. If he walked away now he might never be brought to this position again. His very riches might prevent it. How many of us there are that look back and think, ‘if only I had made the right choice then’. But if we do we need not fear for this was not necessarily the ruler’s last chance. If he repented God could ‘make him again’ (Jeremiah 18:4).

Some men can cope with wealth, for it means little to them and they use it for the good of others without it affecting their spiritual lives. To them God is all and their wealth merely a convenience made available to God and usable for Him. But for most it is a continual temptation to sink back into apathy and sin. And Jesus could tell enough about the man to realise that the only way that this rich ruler could succeed in breaking the spell of his riches was by getting rid of them all. (It may be noted that a little child would have had no difficulty in dealing with the question, which was why its coming under the Kingly Rule of God would be so much easier. To a child riches would not have seemed important. But for a man who had begun to know and feel something of his way in the world it was a different matter. He knew the value of riches. He knew that they brought him esteem. After all what was it that had made him a ruler? And now he knew too the stranglehold that they could have on the human heart).

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 18:24. : present, not future, as in parallels, indicating not what will happen but what is apt to happen from the nature of riches.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-18.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

when Jesus saw that he was = Jesus seeing (App-133.) him becoming.

hardly = with difficulty.

shall they = do they.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-18.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful - as he "went away," "he said," Mark says "He looked round about," as if first He would follow the departing youth with His eye, "and saith unto His disciples,"

How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! In Mark (Mark 10:24) an explanation of the difficulty is added, "How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter," etc., that is, 'With what difficulty is this idolatrous trust conquered, without which they cannot enter;' and this is introduced by the word, "Children" [ tekna (Greek #5043)] - that sweet diminutive of affection and pity. (See John 21:5.)

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-18.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
he was
Mark 6:26; 2 Corinthians 7:9,10
How
Deuteronomy 6:10-12; 8:11-17; Psalms 10:3; 73:5-12; Proverbs 11:28; 18:11; 30:9; Jeremiah 2:31; 5:5; Matthew 19:23-25; Mark 10:23-27; 1 Corinthians 1:26,27; 1 Timothy 6:9,10; James 2:5-7; 5:1-6
Reciprocal: Matthew 5:20 - ye;  Matthew 6:19 - GeneralMatthew 13:22 - seed;  Matthew 13:44 - for joy;  Luke 1:53 - and;  Luke 8:14 - and are;  Luke 14:18 - I have;  Luke 16:19 - rich;  Luke 19:2 - and he

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 18:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-18.html.