Matthew 20:17-34 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

17  And when Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples on one side, and said to them, 18  See, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be given into the hands of the chief priests and scribes; and they will give orders for him to be put to death, 19  And will give him up to the Gentiles to be made sport of and to be whipped and to be put to death on the cross: and the third day he will come back again from the dead.

The Request of James and John

20  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, giving him worship and making a request of him. 21  And he said to her, What is your desire? She says to him, Let my two sons be seated, the one at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your kingdom. 22  But Jesus made answer and said, You have no idea what you are requesting. Are you able to take of the cup which I am about to take? 23  They say to him, We are able. He says to them, Truly, you will take of my cup: but to be seated at my right hand and at my left is not for me to give, but it is for those for whom my Father has made it ready. 24  And when it came to the ears of the ten, they were angry with the two brothers. 25  But Jesus said to them, You see that the rulers of the Gentiles are lords over them, and their great ones have authority over them. 26  Let it not be so among you: but if anyone has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant; 27  And whoever has a desire to be first among you, let him take the lowest place: 28  Even as the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men.

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29  And when they were going out from Jericho, a great number went after him. 30  And two blind men seated by the wayside, when they had the news that Jesus was going by, gave a loud cry, saying, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us. 31  And the people gave them orders to be quiet; but they went on crying even louder, Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us. 32  And Jesus, stopping, sent for them, and said, What would you have me do to you? 33  They say to him, Lord, that our eyes may be open. 34  And Jesus, being moved with pity, put his fingers on their eyes: and straight away they were able to see, and went after him.

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