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Chapter 17

1And he said to his disciples,

“It is inevitable that hindrances should arise, but alas for the man who causes them! 2He might better have a millstone hung around his neck, and be thrown into the sea, than be a hindrance to one of these humble people. 3Look out for yourselves! If your brother wrongs you, take it up with him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he wrongs you seven times a day, and seven times turns to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ you must forgive him.”

5The apostles said to the Master, “Give us more faith.”

6And the Master said,

“If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you might have said to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would have obeyed you!

7“What man among you, if he has a servant ploughing or keeping sheep, will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down at the table,’ 8instead of saying to him, ‘Get my supper ready, and dress yourself, and wait on me while I eat and drink, and you can eat and drink afterward’? 9Is he grateful to the slave for doing what he has been ordered to do? 10So you also, when you do all you have been ordered to do, must say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves! We have done only what we ought to have done!’ ”

11It happened that, on his way to Jerusalem, he passed through Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he was going into one village he met ten lepers, and they stood at some distance from him, 13and raising their voices, said,

“Jesus, Master, take pity on us!”

14And when he saw them, he said to them,

“Go and show yourselves to the priests.”

And as they went they were cured. 15But one of them, when he saw that he was cured, came back, loudly praising God, 16and fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. 17And Jesus said,

“Were not all ten cured? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give thanks to God except this foreigner?”

19And he said to him,

“Stand up and go! Your faith has cured you.”

20He was once asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, and he answered,

“The Kingdom of God is not coming visibly, 21and people will not say, ‘Look! here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ for the Kingdom of God is within you.”

22And he said to his disciples,

“The time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not be able to do so. 23Men will say to you, ‘Look! There he is!’ or, ‘Look! Here he is!’ Do not go off in pursuit of him, 24for just as when the lightning flashes, it shines from one end of the sky to the other, that will be the way with the Son of Man. 25But first he must go through much suffering, and be refused by this age. 26In the time of the Son of Man it will be just as it was in the time of Noah. 27People went on eating, drinking, marrying, and being married up to the very day that Noah got into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28Or as it was in Lot’s time; they went on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building, 29but the day Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30It will be like that on the day when the Son of Man appears. 31A man who is on the roof of his house that day, with his goods in the house, must not go down to get them, and a man in the field, too, must not turn back. 32Remember Lot’s wife! 33Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34I tell you, there will be two men in the same bed that night; one will be taken and the other left. 35There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left!”

37They said to him,

“Where will this be, Master?”

And he said to them,

“Wherever there is a dead body the vultures will flock!”

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