CEBCommon English Bible
24“Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, and slaves aren’t greater than their master. 25It’s enough for disciples to be like their teacher and slaves like their master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, it’s certain that they will call the members of his household by even worse names.
Whom to fear
26“Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. 27What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops. 28Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. 30Even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
Confessing Christ to people
32“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. 33But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
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