Bible: Luke 17:1-19:27

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 

Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow

18:1 Then 99  Jesus 100  told them a parable to show them they should always 101  pray and not lose heart. 102  18:2 He said, 103 In a certain city 104  there was a judge 105  who neither feared God nor respected people. 106  18:3 There was also a widow 107  in that city 108  who kept coming 109  to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 110  a while he refused, but later on 111  he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 112  18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 113  by her unending pleas.’ 114  18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 115  18:7 Won’t 116  God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 117  to him day and night? 118  Will he delay 119  long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 120  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 121  on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector

18:9 Jesus 122  also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 123  on everyone else. 18:10 Two men went up 124  to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 125  and the other a tax collector. 126  18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 127  ‘God, I thank 128  you that I am not like other people: 129  extortionists, 130  unrighteous people, 131  adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 132  18:12 I fast twice 133  a week; I give a tenth 134  of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 135  far off and would not even look up 136  to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 137  to me, sinner that I am!’ 138  18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 139  rather than the Pharisee. 140  For everyone who exalts 141  himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus and Little Children

18:15 Now people 142  were even bringing their babies 143  to him for him to touch. 144  But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 145  18:16 But Jesus called for the children, 146  saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 147  belongs to such as these. 148  18:17 I tell you the truth, 149  whoever does not receive 150  the kingdom of God like a child 151  will never 152  enter it.”

The Wealthy Ruler

18:18 Now 153  a certain ruler 154  asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 155  18:19 Jesus 156  said to him, “Why do you call me good? 157  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.’ 158  18:21 The man 159  replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 160  all these laws 161  since my youth.” 162  18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 163  and give the money 164  to the poor, 165  and you will have treasure 166  in heaven. Then 167  come, follow me.” 18:23 But when the man 168  heard this he became very sad, 169  for he was extremely wealthy. 18:24 When Jesus noticed this, 170  he said, “How hard 171  it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 172  18:25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 173  than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 18:26 Those who heard this said, “Then 174  who can be saved? 175  18:27 He replied, “What is impossible 176  for mere humans 177  is possible for God.” 18:28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 178  to follow you! 179  18:29 Then 180  Jesus 181  said to them, “I tell you the truth, 182  there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 183  or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 18:30 who will not receive many times more 184  in this age 185 and in the age to come, eternal life.” 186 

Another Prediction of Jesus’ Passion

18:31 Then 187  Jesus 188  took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 189  and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 190  18:32 For he will be handed over 191  to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 192  mistreated, 193  and spat on. 194  18:33 They will flog him severely 195  and kill him. Yet 196  on the third day he will rise again.” 18:34 But 197  the twelve 198  understood none of these things. This 199  saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 200  what Jesus meant. 201 

Healing a Blind Man

18:35 As 202  Jesus 203  approached 204  Jericho, 205  a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 18:36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 18:37 They 206  told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 18:38 So 207  he called out, 208 Jesus, Son of David, 209  have mercy 210  on me! 18:39 And those who were in front 211  scolded 212  him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 213  even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! 18:40 So 214  Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 215  to be brought to him. When the man 216  came near, Jesus 217  asked him, 18:41 What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 218 Lord, let me see again.” 219  18:42 Jesus 220  said to him, “Receive 221  your sight; your faith has healed you.” 222  18:43 And immediately he regained 223  his sight and followed Jesus, 224  praising 225  God. When 226  all the people saw it, they too 227  gave praise to God.

Jesus and Zacchaeus

19:1 Jesus 228  entered Jericho 229  and was passing through it. 19:2 Now 230  a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector 231  and was rich. 19:3 He 232  was trying to get a look at Jesus, 233  but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 234  19:4 So 235  he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree 236  to see him, because Jesus 237  was going to pass that way. 19:5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up 238  and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, 239  because I must 240  stay at your house today.” 241  19:6 So he came down quickly 242  and welcomed Jesus 243  joyfully. 244  19:7 And when the people 245  saw it, they all complained, 246 He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 247  19:8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give 248  to the poor, and if 249  I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much! 19:9 Then 250  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation 251  has come to this household, 252  because he too is a son of Abraham! 253  19:10 For the Son of Man came 254  to seek and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Minas

19:11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus 255  proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, 256  and because they thought 257  that the kingdom of God 258  was going to 259  appear immediately. 19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman 260  went to a distant country to receive 261  for himself a kingdom and then return. 262  19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, 263  gave them ten minas, 264  and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 19:14 But his citizens 265  hated 266  him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man 267  to be king 268  over us!’ 19:15 When 269  he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned 270  these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted 271  to know how much they had earned 272  by trading. 19:16 So 273  the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, 274  your mina 275  has made ten minas more.’ 19:17 And the king 276  said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful 277  in a very small matter, you will have authority 278  over ten cities.’ 19:18 Then 279  the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19:19 So 280  the king 281  said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 19:20 Then another 282  slave 283  came and said, ‘Sir, here is 284  your mina that I put away for safekeeping 285  in a piece of cloth. 286  19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe 287  man. You withdraw 288  what you did not deposit 289  and reap what you did not sow.’ 19:22 The king 290  said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, 291  you wicked slave! 292  So you knew, did you, that I was a severe 293  man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 19:23 Why then didn’t you put 294  my money in the bank, 295  so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 19:24 And he said to his attendants, 296 Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ 297  19:25 But 298  they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 299  19:26 I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 300  but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 301  19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, 302  bring them here and slaughter 303  them 304  in front of me!’

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