“Those who heard it
‘Then who can be saved?’”
εἶπαν δὲ οἱ ἀκούσαντες Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι;
Luke indicated that those who heard this saying of Jesus about the wealthy people then said (εἶπαν δὲ οἱ ἀκούσαντες) who could be saved (Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι)? This same reaction of the disciples can be found in Mark, chapter 10:26, and Matthew, chapter 19:25, almost word for word among them. Mark said that the disciples of Jesus were very shocked, astonished, and amazed (οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο). They said to themselves (λέγοντες πρὸς ἑαυτούς), who then could possibly be saved (Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι)? In Matthew, when the disciples of Jesus heard this saying (ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ), they were greatly shocked, astonished, and amazed (ἐξεπλήσσοντο σφόδρα). They then wondered who then could possibly be saved (Τίς ἄρα δύναται σωθῆναι)? Could anyone be saved? Everyone had some kind of wealth, so that this was a very difficult saying for them. Is this saying about wealth shocking to you?