Bible: Matthew 10:31-39

10:31 So do not be afraid; 1  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

10:32Whoever, then, acknowledges 2  me before people, I will acknowledge 3  before my Father in heaven. 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

10:34Do not think that I have come to bring 4  peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. 5 

10:37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross 6  and follow me is not worthy of me. 10:39 Whoever finds his life 7  will lose it, 8  and whoever loses his life because of me 9  will find it.

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