Bible: Lk 17

Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

17:1 Jesus 1  said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 2  to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 3  tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 4  than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 5  17:3 Watch 6  yourselves! If 7  your brother 8  sins, rebuke him. If 9  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 10  him.”

17:5 The 11  apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith! 12  17:6 So 13  the Lord replied, 14 If 15  you had faith the size of 16  a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 17  tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 18  and it would obey 19  you.

17:7Would any one of you say 20  to your slave 21  who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal? 22  17:8 Won’t 23  the master 24  instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 25  to serve me while 26  I eat and drink. Then 27  you may eat and drink? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 28  will he? 29  17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 30  we have only done what was our duty.’ 31 

The Grateful Leper

17:11 Now on 32  the way to Jerusalem, 33  Jesus 34  was passing along 35  between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 36  he was entering 37  a village, ten men with leprosy 38  met him. They 39  stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 40  on us.” 17:14 When 41  he saw them he said, “Go 42  and show yourselves to the priests.” 43  And 44  as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 45  God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 46  fell with his face to the ground 47  at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 48  (Now 49  he was a Samaritan.) 50  17:17 Then 51  Jesus said, 52 Were 53  not ten cleansed? Where are the other 54  nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner? 55  17:19 Then 56  he said to the man, 57 Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 58 

The Coming of the Kingdom

17:20 Now at one point 59  the Pharisees 60  asked Jesus 61  when the kingdom of God 62  was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 63  to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 64  in your midst.” 65 

The Coming of the Son of Man

17:22 Then 66  he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 67  of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 68  will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 69  or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 70  17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 71  and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 72  17:25 But first he must 73  suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 74  as it was 75  in the days of Noah, 76  so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 77  were eating, 78  they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 79  the flood came and destroyed them all. 80  17:28 Likewise, just as it was 81  in the days of Lot, people 82  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. 83  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, 84  with his goods in the house, must not come down 85  to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 86  17:33 Whoever tries to keep 87  his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 88  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. 89  17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 90  one will be taken and the other left.”

17:36 [[EMPTY]] 91 

17:37 Then 92  the disciples 93  said 94  to him, “Where, 95  Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body 96  is, there the vultures 97  will gather.” 98 

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