Chapter 106: Question of preserving life

1 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may preserve my life?

2 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

3 Thou knowest the drill, Eat well, Exercise, Practice at sword, Practice at sling, Fortify your home, Honour thy father and mother unto death.

4 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

5 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and buy weapons for thy neighbors, and thou shalt have protection: and come, take up the sword, and follow me.

6 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.