Bible Question: I
read on a website about Matthew 19:24 that said the Greek scholars
mistakenly translated the word meaning "thick rope" to "camel." They
said that the Assyrian and Aramaic words are similar. I am Assyrian
and I know that the words are actually very similar but have different
meanings. Doesn't it make more sense that the verse would be, "It
is easier for a thick rope to go through the eye of a needle . .
." than for "a camel going through the eye of a needle"?
Bible Answer: The
passage you refer to is as follows:
I say to 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. (NASB) Matthew 19:24
Greek or Aramaic. It is important to remember that the gospels
of Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written in Greek and only portions
are written in Aramaic. The verse was written in Greek and not in
Aramaic. Therefore, the Aramaic for "thick rope"does not
apply. The website you visited might have been confused because there
is a Greek word for "large rope" which appears in a few
of the ancient Greek manuscripts. The Greek word for "thick rope"
is KAMILON, but the Greek word for "camel" is KAMELON.
Now for the key question, "Which is the correct word?" The
answer is KAMELON which means "camel." Why? KAMELON is
correct because the vast majority of ancient manuscripts contain
KAMELON and not KAMILON. Why would only a few manuscripts contain
the KAMILON? It is not likely that manuscripts from many different
geographical areas of the world would have all been modified. The
best manuscripts have KAMELON. Therefore, it is more likely that
is the correct word. Both KAMELON and
KAMILON give us the same thought that it is very hard for a rich
man to enter
the kingdom. It is very hard for rich people because they do not
sense that they need God.
and women do not come to God unless they believe they need God. This
is an awesome truth. Men must believe that they need God before they
will come to Him. Men and women must long for help from the One who
helps. Men and women must sense that they need forgiveness of their
sins from Him who forgives before they will ask. What a wonderful
truth. God cannot save one who does not know that he or she needs
God. I hope you know that you need Him – His forgiveness.