19:24 Again I say, 1 it is easier for a camel 2 to go through the eye of a needle 3 than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.”
13:22 The 4 seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth 5 choke the word, 6 so it produces nothing.
[19:24] 2 tc A few late witnesses (579 1424 pc) read κάμιλον (kamilon, “rope”) for κάμηλον (kamhlon, “camel”), either through accidental misreading of the text or intentionally so as to soften Jesus’ words.
[19:24] 3 sn The eye of a needle refers to a sewing needle. (The gate in Jerusalem known as “The Needle’s Eye” was built during the middle ages and was not in existence in Jesus’ day.) Jesus was saying rhetorically that it is impossible for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom, unless God (v. 26) intervenes.