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Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service
1 And he said to his disciples, “It is impossible for causes for stumbling not to come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2It would be better for him if a millstone#Literally “a stone belonging to a mill” is placed around his neck and he is thrown into the sea than that he causes one of these little ones to sin.
3“Be concerned about yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times he returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
5And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6So the Lord said, “If you have faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7“And which of you who has a slave plowing or shepherding sheep#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation who comes in from the field will say to him, ‘Come here at once and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“come here”) has been translated as a finite verb recline at the table’? 8Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something that I may eat, and dress yourself to serve me while I eat and drink, and after these things you will eat and drink.’ 9He will not be grateful#Literally “have gratitude” to the slave because he did what was ordered, will he?#*The negative construction in Greek anticipates a negative answer here, indicated by “will he” 10Thus you also, when you have done all the things you were ordered to do,#Literally “things that were ordered to you” say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done what we were obligated to do.’ ”
Ten Lepers Cleansed
11And it happened that while traveling toward Jerusalem, he was passing through the region between#Literally “through the midst” Samaria and Galilee. 12And as#*Here “as” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“was entering”) he was entering into a certain village, ten men met him#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation#Some manuscripts explicitly state “him”—lepers, who stood at a distance. 13And they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14And when he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal saw them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation he said to them, “Go and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“go”) has been translated as a finite verb show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that as they were going, they were cleansed. 15But one of them, when he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“saw”) which is understood as temporal saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16And he fell on his face at his feet, giving thanks to him. And he was a Samaritan. 17So Jesus answered and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“answered”) has been translated as a finite verb said, “Were not ten cleansed? And where are the nine? 18Was no one found to turn back and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“turn back”) has been translated as an infinitive give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Get up and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“get up”) has been translated as a finite verb go your way. Your faith has saved you.”
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20Now when he#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was asked”) which is understood as temporal was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with things that can be observed,#Literally “observation” 21nor will they say, ‘Behold, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
The Coming of the Son of Man
22And he said to the disciples, “Days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation 23And they will say to you, ‘Behold, there!’ ‘Behold, here!’#Some manuscripts have “ ‘Behold, there!’ or ‘Behold, here!’ ” Do not go out or run after them!#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation 24For just as the lightning shines forth, flashing from one place under heaven to another place under heaven, so the Son of Man will be in his day. 25But first it is necessary for him to suffer many things, and to be rejected by this generation. 26And just as it was in the days of Noah, so also it will be in the days of the Son of Man—27they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building. 29But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all. 30It will be just the same#Literally “according to the same” on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31On that day, whoever is on the housetop and his goods are in the house must not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back 32Remember Lot’s wife! 33Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation will keep it. 34I tell you that in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35There will be two women#*Here “women” is supplied because the form (“two”) is feminine gender in Greek grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left.”#A few manuscripts add v. 36 (with some variations): “There will be two in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”
37And they answered and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“answered”) has been translated as a finite verb said to him, “Where, Lord?” So he said to them, “Where the dead body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”
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