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As he went out on his way,
one running and kneeling before him questioned him,
"Good teacher, what should I do
so that I may obtain eternal life?"

Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good?
No one is good except God alone.
There is one good;
if you intend to enter into life, keep the commandments."

He asked him, "Which ones?"

Jesus said, "Do not murder, do not commit adultery,
do not steal, do not testify falsely, do not defraud,
honor your father and mother,
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."

He said, "All these things
I have guarded against from my youth."

Jesus looking at him loved him and said to him,
"You are missing one thing;
if you intend to be perfect,
go sell all your possessions and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven;
and come follow me."

Shocked at the word
he went away distressed and became very sad,
for he had many possessions and was quite rich.

Looking around, Jesus said to his disciples,
"How hard it is for those having property
to enter the sovereignty of God."

The disciples were amazed at his words,
and Jesus again answered them, "Children,
how hard it is to enter the sovereignty of God;
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
than for a rich person to enter the sovereignty of God."

The disciples hearing were even more astonished,
saying to themselves, "Who then can be saved?"

Looking at them Jesus said,
"With humans this is impossible, but not with God;
for all things are possible with God."

Peter began to say to him, "Look,
we left everything and followed you."

He said to them, "Amen, I tell you
there is no one who has left home or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or wife or children or fields
on account of me
and the good message of the sovereignty of God,
who will not receive manifold now in this time
homes and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and fields
with persecutions, and in the coming age eternal life.

"Amen, I tell you that you who have followed me,
in the rebirth
when the human son sits on his throne of glory,
you also will sit on twelve thrones
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
But many first will be last, and the last first;
and they will become a single one.

"For the sovereignty of heaven is like
a master of an estate,
who went out early in the morning
to hire workers for his vineyard.
Agreeing with the workers on a day's wages
he sent them into his vineyard.

"Going out about the third hour he saw others
standing in the marketplaces idle, and to those he said,
'You go also into the vineyard,
and whatever is fair I will give you.'
So they went.

"Again going out about the sixth and the ninth hour
he did the same thing.

"Going out about the eleventh hour
he found others standing, and he said to them,
'Why are you standing here the whole day idle?'

"They told him, 'Because no one hired us.'

"He said to them, 'You go also into the vineyard.'

"When evening had come,
the lord of the vineyard said to his foreman,
'Call the workers and pay the wage,
beginning from the last up to the first.'

"Those coming about the eleventh hour
each received a day's wages.
Those coming first thought that they would receive more;
and they also each received a day's wages.
Receiving it they complained to the master of the estate
saying, 'These last ones did one hour,
and you made them equal to us
who bore the burden of the day and the heat.'

"But he answered one of them,
'Friend, I am not unfair to you;
did you not agree with me on a day's wages?
Take yours and go;
but I wish to give this last one
as I have given also to you;
is it not permitted for me
to do what I wish with my own things?
Or is your eye bad because I am good?'
Thus the last will be first, and the first last."

67. On Riches Harmony 67 * Interpretation 67
68. Request of James and John Harmony 68 * Synthesis 68 * Interpretation 68

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