Bible: Luke 9:21-18:34
A Call to Discipleship
9:23 Then 7 he said to them all, 8 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 9 he must deny 10 himself, take up his cross daily, 11 and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 12 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 13 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 14 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 15 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 16 of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 17 there are some standing here who will not 18 experience 19 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 20
9:28 Now 21 about eight days 22 after these sayings, Jesus 23 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 24 he was praying, 25 the appearance of his face was transformed, 26 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 27 9:30 Then 28 two men, Moses and Elijah, 29 began talking with him. 30 9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 31 that he was about to carry out 32 at Jerusalem. 33 9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 34 but as they became fully awake, 35 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 36 as the men 37 were starting to leave, 38 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 39 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 40 he was saying this, a cloud 41 came 42 and overshadowed 43 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 44 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 45 Listen to him!” 46 9:36 After 47 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 48 they kept silent and told no one 49 at that time 50 anything of what they had seen.
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
9:37 Now on 51 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 52 a man from the crowd cried out, 53 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 54 my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 55 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 56 it throws him into convulsions 57 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 58 him severely. 9:40 I 59 begged 60 your disciples to cast it out, but 61 they could not do so.” 62 9:41 Jesus answered, 63 “You 64 unbelieving 65 and perverse generation! How much longer 66 must I be with you and endure 67 you? 68 Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 69 the boy 70 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 71 and shook him with convulsions. 72 But Jesus rebuked 73 the unclean 74 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 75 they were all astonished at the mighty power 76 of God.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
But while the entire crowd 77 was amazed at everything Jesus 78 was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 “Take these words to heart, 79 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 80 9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 81 had been concealed 82 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 83 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 84 as to which of them might be 85 the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 86 he took a child, had him stand by 87 his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 88 this child 89 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 90
On the Right Side
9:49 John answered, 91 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 92 him because he is not a disciple 93 along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Rejection in Samaria
9:51 Now when 94 the days drew near 95 for him to be taken up, 96 Jesus 97 set out resolutely 98 to go to Jerusalem. 99 9:52 He 100 sent messengers on ahead of him. 101 As they went along, 102 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 103 for him, 9:53 but the villagers 104 refused to welcome 105 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 106 9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 107 them?” 108 9:55 But Jesus 109 turned and rebuked them, 110 9:56 and they went on to another village.
Challenging Professed Followers
9:57 As 111 they were walking 112 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 113 9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 114 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 115 9:59 Jesus 116 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 117 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 118 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 119 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 120 9:61 Yet 121 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 122 9:62 Jesus 123 said to him, “No one who puts his 124 hand to the plow and looks back 125 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 126
The Mission of the Seventy-Two
10:1 After this 127 the Lord appointed seventy-two 128 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 129 and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 130 said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 131 to send out 132 workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 133 am sending you out like lambs 134 surrounded by wolves. 135 10:4 Do not carry 136 a money bag, 137 a traveler’s bag, 138 or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 139 10:5 Whenever 140 you enter a house, 141 first say, ‘May peace 142 be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 143 is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 144 10:7 Stay 145 in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 146 for the worker deserves his pay. 147 Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 148 you enter a town 149 and the people 150 welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 151 the sick in that town 152 and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 153 has come upon 154 you!’ 10:10 But whenever 155 you enter a town 156 and the people 157 do not welcome 158 you, go into its streets 159 and say, 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town 160 that clings to our feet we wipe off 161 against you. 162 Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 163 10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 164 than for that town! 165
10:13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 166 Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 167 the miracles 168 done in you had been done in Tyre 169 and Sidon, 170 they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 10:15 And you, Capernaum, 171 will you be exalted to heaven? 172 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 173
10:17 Then 178 the seventy-two 179 returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 180 us in your name!” 181 10:18 So 182 he said to them, “I saw 183 Satan fall 184 like lightning 185 from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 186 on snakes and scorpions 187 and on the full force of the enemy, 188 and nothing will 189 hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 190 the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 191 that your names stand written 192 in heaven.”
10:21 On that same occasion 193 Jesus 194 rejoiced 195 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 196 you, Father, Lord 197 of heaven and earth, because 198 you have hidden these things from the wise 199 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 200 10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 201 No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 202 to reveal him.”
10:23 Then 203 Jesus 204 turned 205 to his 206 disciples and said privately, “Blessed 207 are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 208 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
10:25 Now 209 an expert in religious law 210 stood up to test Jesus, 211 saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 212 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” 213 10:27 The expert 214 answered, “Love 215 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 216 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 217 10:28 Jesus 218 said to him, “You have answered correctly; 219 do this, and you will live.”
10:29 But the expert, 220 wanting to justify 221 himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 10:30 Jesus replied, 222 “A man was going down 223 from Jerusalem 224 to Jericho, 225 and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 226 him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 227 10:31 Now by chance 228 a priest was going down that road, but 229 when he saw the injured man 230 he passed by 231 on the other side. 232 10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 233 the place and saw him, 234 passed by on the other side. 10:33 But 235 a Samaritan 236 who was traveling 237 came to where the injured man 238 was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 239 10:34 He 240 went up to him 241 and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 242 and wine on them. Then 243 he put him on 244 his own animal, 245 brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The 246 next day he took out two silver coins 247 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 248 10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 249 to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 10:37 The expert in religious law 250 said, “The one who showed mercy 251 to him.” So 252 Jesus said to him, “Go and do 253 the same.”
Jesus and Martha
10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 254 entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 255 10:39 She 256 had a sister named Mary, who sat 257 at the Lord’s feet 258 and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted 259 with all the preparations she had to make, 260 so 261 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 262 that my sister has left me to do all the work 263 alone? Tell 264 her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 265 answered her, 266 “Martha, Martha, 267 you are worried and troubled 268 about many things, 10:42 but one thing 269 is needed. Mary has chosen the best 270 part; it will not be taken away from her.”
Instructions on Prayer
11:1 Now 271 Jesus 272 was praying in a certain place. When 273 he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 274 taught 275 his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 276 say:
may your kingdom come. 279
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 280
11:4 and forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins 281 against us.
And do not lead us into temptation.” 282
11:5 Then 283 he said to them, “Suppose one of you 284 has a friend, and you go to him 285 at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 286 11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 287 and I have nothing to set before 288 him.’ 11:7 Then 289 he will reply 290 from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 291 I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 292 11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 293 will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 294 sheer persistence 295 he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 “So 296 I tell you: Ask, 297 and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 298 will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 299 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 300 will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 301 son asks for 302 a fish, will give him a snake 303 instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 304 11:13 If you then, although you are 305 evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 306 to those who ask him!”
Jesus and Beelzebul
11:14 Now 307 he was casting out a demon that was mute. 308 When 309 the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 310 and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 311 the ruler 312 of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 313 him, 314 began asking for 315 a sign 316 from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 317 realizing their thoughts, said to them, 318 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 319 and a divided household falls. 320 11:18 So 321 if 322 Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 323 you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 324 cast them 325 out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 326 of God, then the kingdom of God 327 has already overtaken 328 you. 11:21 When a strong man, 329 fully armed, guards his own palace, 330 his possessions are safe. 331 11:22 But 332 when a stronger man 333 attacks 334 and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 335 armor on which the man relied 336 and divides up 337 his plunder. 338 11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 339 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 340
Response to Jesus’ Work
11:24 “When an unclean spirit 341 goes out of a person, 342 it passes through waterless places 343 looking for rest but 344 not finding any. Then 345 it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 346 11:25 When it returns, 347 it finds the house 348 swept clean and put in order. 349 11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 350 the last state of that person 351 is worse than the first.” 352
11:27 As 353 he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 354 to him, “Blessed is the womb 355 that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!” 356 11:28 But he replied, 357 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 358 it!”
The Sign of Jonah
11:29 As 359 the crowds were increasing, Jesus 360 began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 361 but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 362 11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 363 so the Son of Man will be a sign 364 to this generation. 365 11:31 The queen of the South 366 will rise up at the judgment 367 with the people 368 of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 369 something greater 370 than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 371 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 372 – and now, 373 something greater than Jonah is here!
11:33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 374 or under a basket, 375 but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, 376 your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 377 your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 378 that the light in you 379 is not darkness. 11:36 If 380 then 381 your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 382 it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 383
Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law
11:37 As he spoke, 384 a Pharisee 385 invited Jesus 386 to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 387 11:38 The 388 Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 389 did not first wash his hands 390 before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 391 the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 392 11:40 You fools! 393 Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 394 11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 395 and 396 then everything will be clean for you. 397
11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! 398 You give a tenth 399 of your mint, 400 rue, 401 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 402 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 403 11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 404 in the synagogues 405 and elaborate greetings 406 in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 407 You are like unmarked graves, and people 408 walk over them without realizing it!” 409
11:45 One of the experts in religious law 410 answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 411 us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 412 replied, 413 “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 414 You load people 415 down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 416 the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 417 the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 418 killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 419 the deeds of your ancestors, 420 because they killed the prophets 421 and you build their 422 tombs! 423 11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 424 of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 425 for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 426 of the world, 427 11:51 from the blood of Abel 428 to the blood of Zechariah, 429 who was killed 430 between the altar and the sanctuary. 431 Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 432 this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 433 the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 434 those who were going in.”
11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 435 and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 436 and to ask him hostile questions 437 about many things, 11:54 plotting against 438 him, to catch 439 him in something he might say.
Fear God, Not People
12:1 Meanwhile, 440 when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 441 began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 442 the yeast of the Pharisees, 443 which is hypocrisy. 444 12:2 Nothing is hidden 445 that will not be revealed, 446 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 447 whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 448 in private rooms 449 will be proclaimed from the housetops. 450
12:4 “I 451 tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 452 and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 453 you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 454 has authority to throw you 455 into hell. 456 Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 457 Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 12:7 In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; 458 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
12:8 “I 459 tell you, whoever acknowledges 460 me before men, 461 the Son of Man will also acknowledge 462 before God’s angels. 12:9 But the one who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. 12:10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 463 will not be forgiven. 464 12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 465 the 466 rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 467 or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 468 what you must say.” 469
The Parable of the Rich Landowner
12:13 Then 470 someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 471 my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 472 said to him, “Man, 473 who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 474 12:15 Then 475 he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 476 all types of greed, 477 because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 478 told them a parable: 479 “The land of a certain rich man produced 480 an abundant crop, 12:17 so 481 he thought to himself, 482 ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 483 12:18 Then 484 he said, ‘I 485 will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to myself, 486 “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 487 will be demanded back from 488 you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 489 12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 490 but is not rich toward God.”
Exhortation Not to Worry
12:22 Then 491 Jesus 492 said to his 493 disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 494 about your 495 life, what you will eat, or about your 496 body, what you will wear. 12:23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 12:24 Consider the ravens: 497 They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 498 them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 499 can add an hour to his life? 500 12:26 So if 501 you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 502 the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 503 grow; they do not work 504 or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 505 this is how God clothes the wild grass, 506 which is here 507 today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 508 how much more 509 will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 510 do not be overly concerned about 511 what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 512 12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 513 these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 514 his 515 kingdom, 516 and these things will be given to you as well.
12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 517 to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 518 and give to the poor. 519 Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 520 that never decreases, 521 where no thief approaches and no moth 522 destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 523 is, there your heart will be also.
Call to Faithful Stewardship
12:35 “Get dressed for service 524 and keep your lamps burning; 525 12:36 be like people 526 waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 527 so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 528 whom their master finds alert 529 when he returns! I tell you the truth, 530 he will dress himself to serve, 531 have them take their place at the table, 532 and will come 533 and wait on them! 534 12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 535 and finds them alert, 536 blessed are those slaves! 537 12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 538 was coming, he would not have let 539 his house be broken into. 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 540
12:41 Then 541 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 542 12:42 The Lord replied, 543 “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 544 whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 545 to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 546 whom his master finds at work 547 when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 548 the master 549 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 550 that 551 slave should say to himself, 552 ‘My master is delayed 553 in returning,’ and he begins to beat 554 the other 555 slaves, both men and women, 556 and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 12:46 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, 557 and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 558 12:47 That 559 servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 560 will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 561 and did things worthy of punishment 562 will receive a light beating. 563 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 564 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 565 even more will be asked. 566
Not Peace, but Division
12:49 “I have come 567 to bring 568 fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 569 to undergo, 570 and how distressed I am until it is finished! 12:51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 571 12:52 For from now on 572 there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 573 father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Reading the Signs
12:54 Jesus 574 also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 575 you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 576 is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 577 blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 578 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 579 to interpret the present time?
Clear the Debts
12:57 “And 580 why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 581 make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 582 and the officer throw you into prison. 12:59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!” 583
A Call to Repent
13:1 Now 584 there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 585 13:2 He 586 answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 587 than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 588 you will all perish as well! 589 13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 590 when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 591 do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 592 13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 593 you will all perish as well!” 594
Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit
13:6 Then 595 Jesus 596 told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 597 planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 598 he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 599 three years 600 now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 601 I find none. Cut 602 it down! Why 603 should it continue to deplete 604 the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 605 answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 606 on it. 13:9 Then if 607 it bears fruit next year, 608 very well, 609 but if 610 not, you can cut it down.’”
Healing on the Sabbath
13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 611 on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 612 who had been disabled by a spirit 613 for eighteen years. She 614 was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 615 13:12 When 616 Jesus saw her, he called her to him 617 and said, “Woman, 618 you are freed 619 from your infirmity.” 620 13:13 Then 621 he placed his hands on her, and immediately 622 she straightened up and praised God. 13:14 But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work 623 should be done! 624 So come 625 and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 626 “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 627 and lead it to water? 628 13:16 Then 629 shouldn’t 630 this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 631 bound for eighteen long 632 years, be released from this imprisonment 633 on the Sabbath day?” 13:17 When 634 he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 635 but 636 the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 637 he was doing. 638
On the Kingdom of God
13:18 Thus Jesus 639 asked, 640 “What is the kingdom of God 641 like? 642 To 643 what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 644 that a man took and sowed 645 in his garden. It 646 grew and became a tree, 647 and the wild birds 648 nested in its branches.” 649
The Narrow Door
13:22 Then 655 Jesus 656 traveled throughout 657 towns 658 and villages, teaching and making his way toward 659 Jerusalem. 660 13:23 Someone 661 asked 662 him, “Lord, will only a few 663 be saved?” So 664 he said to them, 13:24 “Exert every effort 665 to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 666 the head of the house 667 gets up 668 and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 669 let us in!’ 670 But he will answer you, 671 ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 672 13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 673 13:27 But 674 he will reply, 675 ‘I don’t know where you come from! 676 Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 677 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 678 when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 679 and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 680 but you yourselves thrown out. 681 13:29 Then 682 people 683 will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 684 in the kingdom of God. 685 13:30 But 686 indeed, 687 some are last 688 who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Going to Jerusalem
13:31 At that time, 689 some Pharisees 690 came up and said to Jesus, 691 “Get away from here, 692 because Herod 693 wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 694 he said to them, “Go 695 and tell that fox, 696 ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 697 I will complete my work. 698 13:33 Nevertheless I must 699 go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 700 that a prophet should be killed 701 outside Jerusalem.’ 702 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 703 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 704 How often I have longed 705 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 706 you would have none of it! 707 13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 708 And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 709
Healing Again on the Sabbath
14:1 Now 710 one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 711 at the house of a leader 712 of the Pharisees, 713 they were watching 714 him closely. 14:2 There 715 right 716 in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 717 14:3 So 718 Jesus asked 719 the experts in religious law 720 and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 721 or not?” 14:4 But they remained silent. So 722 Jesus 723 took hold of the man, 724 healed him, and sent him away. 725 14:5 Then 726 he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 727 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 14:6 But 728 they could not reply 729 to this.
On Seeking Seats of Honor
14:7 Then 730 when Jesus 731 noticed how the guests 732 chose the places of honor, 733 he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 734 do not take 735 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 736 14:9 So 737 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 738 you will begin to move to the least important 739 place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 740 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 741 Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 742 the one who humbles 743 himself will be exalted.”
14:12 He 744 said also to the man 745 who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 746 don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 14:13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 747 invite the poor, the crippled, 748 the lame, and 749 the blind. 750 14:14 Then 751 you will be blessed, 752 because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 753 at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
14:15 When 754 one of those at the meal with Jesus 755 heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 756 who will feast 757 in the kingdom of God!” 758 14:16 But Jesus 759 said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 760 and invited 761 many guests. 762 14:17 At 763 the time for the banquet 764 he sent his slave 765 to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 766 began to make excuses. 767 The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 768 and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 769 14:19 Another 770 said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 771 and I am going out 772 to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 773 said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 774 14:21 So 775 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 776 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 777 to the streets and alleys of the city, 778 and bring in the poor, 779 the crippled, 780 the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 781 the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 782 14:23 So 783 the master said to his 784 slave, ‘Go out to the highways 785 and country roads 786 and urge 787 people 788 to come in, so that my house will be filled. 789 14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 790 who were invited 791 will taste my banquet!’” 792
Counting the Cost
14:25 Now large crowds 793 were accompanying Jesus, 794 and turning to them he said, 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate 795 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 796 he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 797 and follow 798 me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 799 first and compute the cost 800 to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 801 when he has laid 802 a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 803 all who see it 804 will begin to make fun of 805 him. 14:30 They will say, 806 ‘This man 807 began to build and was not able to finish!’ 808 14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 809 first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 810 the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 811 he will send a representative 812 while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 813 14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 814
14:34 “Salt 815 is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 816 how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 817 for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 818 The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 819
The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin
15:1 Now all the tax collectors 820 and sinners were coming 821 to hear him. 15:2 But 822 the Pharisees 823 and the experts in the law 824 were complaining, 825 “This man welcomes 826 sinners and eats with them.”
15:3 So 827 Jesus 828 told them 829 this parable: 830 15:4 “Which one 831 of you, if he has a hundred 832 sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 833 and go look for 834 the one that is lost until he finds it? 835 15:5 Then 836 when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 837 home, he calls together 838 his 839 friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 840 who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 841 who have no need to repent. 842
15:8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 843 and loses 844 one of them, 845 does not light a lamp, sweep 846 the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 847 when she has found it, she calls together her 848 friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 849 with me, for I have found the coin 850 that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 851 over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Compassionate Father
15:11 Then 852 Jesus 853 said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 854 younger of them said to his 855 father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 856 that will belong 857 to me.’ So 858 he divided his 859 assets between them. 860 15:13 After 861 a few days, 862 the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 863 his wealth 864 with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 865 after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for 866 one of the citizens of that country, who 867 sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 868 15:16 He 869 was longing to eat 870 the carob pods 871 the pigs were eating, but 872 no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 873 he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 874 enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 875 against heaven 876 and against 877 you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 878 like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 879 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 880 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 881 he ran and hugged 882 his son 883 and kissed him. 15:21 Then 884 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 885 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 886 15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 887 ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, 888 and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 889 and sandals 890 on his feet! 15:23 Bring 891 the fattened calf 892 and kill it! Let us eat 893 and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 894 So 895 they began to celebrate.
15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As 896 he came and approached the house, he heard music 897 and dancing. 15:26 So 898 he called one of the slaves 899 and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 900 ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 901 because he got his son 902 back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 903 became angry 904 and refused 905 to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 906 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 907 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 908 you never gave me even a goat 909 so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 910 came back, who has devoured 911 your assets with prostitutes, 912 you killed the fattened calf 913 for him!’ 15:31 Then 914 the father 915 said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 916 to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 917 was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’” 918
The Parable of the Clever Steward
16:1 Jesus 919 also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 920 that his manager 921 was wasting 922 his assets. 16:2 So 923 he called the manager 924 in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 925 Turn in the account of your administration, 926 because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 927 the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 928 away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 929 and I’m too ashamed 930 to beg. 16:4 I know 931 what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 932 16:5 So 933 he contacted 934 his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 935 replied, ‘A hundred measures 936 of olive oil.’ The manager 937 said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 938 16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 939 replied, ‘A hundred measures 940 of wheat.’ The manager 941 said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 942 16:8 The 943 master commended the dishonest 944 manager because he acted shrewdly. 945 For the people 946 of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 947 than the people 948 of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 949 so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 950 into the eternal homes. 951
16:10 “The one who is faithful in a very little 952 is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 953 in handling worldly wealth, 954 who will entrust you with the true riches? 955 16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 956 with someone else’s property, 957 who will give you your own 958 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 959 the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 960 the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 961
More Warnings about the Pharisees
16:14 The Pharisees 962 (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 963 him. 16:15 But 964 Jesus 965 said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 966 but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 967 among men is utterly detestable 968 in God’s sight.
16:16 “The law and the prophets were in force 969 until John; 970 since then, 971 the good news of the kingdom of God 972 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 973 16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 974 in the law to become void. 975
16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 976 someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
16:19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple 977 and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 978 every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 979 a poor man named Lazarus 980 whose body was covered with sores, 981 16:21 who longed to eat 982 what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 983 came and licked 984 his sores.
16:22 “Now 985 the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 986 The 987 rich man also died and was buried. 988 16:23 And in hell, 989 as he was in torment, 990 he looked up 991 and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 992 16:24 So 993 he called out, 994 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 995 to dip the tip of his finger 996 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 997 in this fire.’ 998 16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 999 remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 1000 16:26 Besides all this, 1001 a great chasm 1002 has been fixed between us, 1003 so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So 1004 the rich man 1005 said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 1006 to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 1007 them so that they don’t come 1008 into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 1009 ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 1010 them.’ 16:30 Then 1011 the rich man 1012 said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 1013 goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 1014 replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 1015 Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” 1016
Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service
17:1 Jesus 1017 said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 1018 to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 1019 tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 1020 than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 1021 17:3 Watch 1022 yourselves! If 1023 your brother 1024 sins, rebuke him. If 1025 he repents, forgive him. 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 1026 him.”
17:5 The 1027 apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 1028 17:6 So 1029 the Lord replied, 1030 “If 1031 you had faith the size of 1032 a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 1033 tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 1034 and it would obey 1035 you.
17:7 “Would any one of you say 1036 to your slave 1037 who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? 1038 17:8 Won’t 1039 the master 1040 instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 1041 to serve me while 1042 I eat and drink. Then 1043 you may eat and drink’? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 1044 will he? 1045 17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 1046 we have only done what was our duty.’” 1047
The Grateful Leper
17:11 Now on 1048 the way to Jerusalem, 1049 Jesus 1050 was passing along 1051 between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 1052 he was entering 1053 a village, ten men with leprosy 1054 met him. They 1055 stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 1056 on us.” 17:14 When 1057 he saw them he said, “Go 1058 and show yourselves to the priests.” 1059 And 1060 as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 1061 God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 1062 fell with his face to the ground 1063 at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 1064 (Now 1065 he was a Samaritan.) 1066 17:17 Then 1067 Jesus said, 1068 “Were 1069 not ten cleansed? Where are the other 1070 nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 1071 17:19 Then 1072 he said to the man, 1073 “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 1074
The Coming of the Kingdom
17:20 Now at one point 1075 the Pharisees 1076 asked Jesus 1077 when the kingdom of God 1078 was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 1079 to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 1080 in your midst.” 1081
The Coming of the Son of Man
17:22 Then 1082 he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 1083 of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 1084 will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 1085 or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 1086 17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 1087 and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 1088 17:25 But first he must 1089 suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 1090 as it was 1091 in the days of Noah, 1092 so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 1093 were eating, 1094 they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 1095 the flood came and destroyed them all. 1096 17:28 Likewise, just as it was 1097 in the days of Lot, people 1098 were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; 17:29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 1099 17:30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 17:31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, 1100 with his goods in the house, must not come down 1101 to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 1102 17:33 Whoever tries to keep 1103 his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 1104 will preserve it. 17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 1105 17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 1106 one will be taken and the other left.”17:36 [[EMPTY]] 1107
Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow
18:1 Then 1115 Jesus 1116 told them a parable to show them they should always 1117 pray and not lose heart. 1118 18:2 He said, 1119 “In a certain city 1120 there was a judge 1121 who neither feared God nor respected people. 1122 18:3 There was also a widow 1123 in that city 1124 who kept coming 1125 to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 1126 a while he refused, but later on 1127 he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 1128 18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 1129 by her unending pleas.’” 1130 18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 1131 18:7 Won’t 1132 God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 1133 to him day and night? 1134 Will he delay 1135 long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 1136 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 1137 on earth?”
The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector
18:9 Jesus 1138 also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 1139 on everyone else. 18:10 “Two men went up 1140 to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 1141 and the other a tax collector. 1142 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 1143 ‘God, I thank 1144 you that I am not like other people: 1145 extortionists, 1146 unrighteous people, 1147 adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 1148 18:12 I fast twice 1149 a week; I give a tenth 1150 of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 1151 far off and would not even look up 1152 to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 1153 to me, sinner that I am!’ 1154 18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 1155 rather than the Pharisee. 1156 For everyone who exalts 1157 himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus and Little Children
18:15 Now people 1158 were even bringing their babies 1159 to him for him to touch. 1160 But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 1161 18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 1162 saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 1163 belongs to such as these. 1164 18:17 I tell you the truth, 1165 whoever does not receive 1166 the kingdom of God like a child 1167 will never 1168 enter it.”
The Wealthy Ruler
18:18 Now 1169 a certain ruler 1170 asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 1171 18:19 Jesus 1172 said to him, “Why do you call me good? 1173 No one is good except God alone. 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” 1174 18:21 The man 1175 replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 1176 all these laws 1177 since my youth.” 1178 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 1179 and give the money 1180 to the poor, 1181 and you will have treasure 1182 in heaven. Then 1183 come, follow me.” 18:23 But when the man 1184 heard this he became very sad, 1185 for he was extremely wealthy. 18:24 When Jesus noticed this, 1186 he said, “How hard 1187 it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 1188 18:25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 1189 than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 18:26 Those who heard this said, “Then 1190 who can be saved?” 1191 18:27 He replied, “What is impossible 1192 for mere humans 1193 is possible for God.” 18:28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 1194 to follow you!” 1195 18:29 Then 1196 Jesus 1197 said to them, “I tell you the truth, 1198 there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 1199 or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 18:30 who will not receive many times more 1200 in this age 1201 – and in the age to come, eternal life.” 1202
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Passion
18:31 Then 1203 Jesus 1204 took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 1205 and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 1206 18:32 For he will be handed over 1207 to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 1208 mistreated, 1209 and spat on. 1210 18:33 They will flog him severely 1211 and kill him. Yet 1212 on the third day he will rise again.” 18:34 But 1213 the twelve 1214 understood none of these things. This 1215 saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 1216 what Jesus meant. 1217