Luke 17-18 Bible in Basic English

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Causing to Sin

17 1  And he said to his disciples, It is necessary for causes of trouble to come about, but unhappy is he by whom they come. 2  It would be well for him if a great stone was put round his neck and he was dropped into the sea, before he made trouble for any of these little ones. 3  Give attention to yourselves: if your brother does wrong, say a sharp word to him; and if he has sorrow for his sin, let him have forgiveness. 4  And if he does you wrong seven times in a day, and seven times comes to you and says, I have regret for what I have done; let him have forgiveness.

Increase Our Faith

5  And the twelve said to the Lord, Make our faith greater. 6  And the Lord said, If your faith was only as great as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this tree, Be rooted up and planted in the sea; and it would be done.

The Servant's Duty

7  But which of you, having a servant who is ploughing or keeping sheep, will say to him, when he comes in from the field, Come now and be seated and have a meal, 8  Will he not say, Get a meal for me, and make yourself ready and see to my needs till I have had my food and drink; and after that you may have yours? 9  Does he give praise to the servant because he did what was ordered? 10  In the same way, when you have done all the things which are given you to do, say, There is no profit in us, for we have only done what we were ordered to do.

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  And it came about that when they were on the way to Jerusalem he went through Samaria and Galilee. 12  And when he went into a certain small town he came across ten men who were lepers, and they, keeping themselves at a distance, 13  Said, in loud voices, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14  And when he saw them he said, Go, and let the priests see you. And, while they were going, they were made clean. 15  And one of them, when he saw that he was clean, turning back, gave praise to God in a loud voice; 16  And, falling down on his face at the feet of Jesus, he gave the credit to him; and he was a man of Samaria. 17  And Jesus said, Were there not ten men who were made clean? where are the nine? 18  Have not any of them come back to give glory to God, but only this one from a strange land? 19  And he said to him, Get up, and go on your way; your faith has made you well.

The Coming of the Kingdom

20  And when the Pharisees put questions to him about when the kingdom of God would come, he gave them an answer and said, The kingdom of God will not come through observation: 21  And men will not say, See, it is here! or, There! for the kingdom of God is among you. 22  And he said to his disciples, The time will come when you will have a great desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, but you will not see it. 23  And if they say to you, See, it is there! or, It is here! do not go away, or go after them. 24  For as in a thunderstorm the bright light is seen from one end of the sky to the other, so will the Son of man be when his time comes. 25  But first, he will have to undergo much and be put on one side by this generation. 26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the day of the Son of man. 27  They were feasting and taking wives and getting married, till the day of the overflowing of the waters, when Noah went into the ark, and they all came to destruction. 28  In the same way, in the days of Lot; they were feasting and trading, they were planting and building; 29  But on the day when Lot went out of Sodom, fire came down from heaven and destruction came on them all. 30  So will it be in the day of the revelation of the Son of man. 31  On that day, if anyone is on the roof of the house, and his goods are in the house, let him not go down to take them away; and let him who is in the field not go back to his house. 32  Keep in mind Lot's wife. 33  If anyone makes an attempt to keep his life, it will be taken from him, but if anyone gives up his life, he will keep it. 34  I say to you, In that night there will be two men sleeping in one bed, and one will be taken away and the other let go. 35  Two women will be crushing grain together; one will be taken away and the other let go. 36  [] 37  And they, answering him, said, Where, Lord? And he said to them, Where the body is, there will the eagles come together.

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

18 1  And he made a story for them, the point of which was that men were to go on making prayer and not get tired; 2  Saying, There was a judge in a certain town, who had no fear of God or respect for man: 3  And there was a widow in that town, and she kept on coming to him and saying, Give me my right against the man who has done me wrong. 4  And for a time he would not: but later, he said to himself, Though I have no fear of God or respect for man, 5  Because this widow is a trouble to me, I will give her her right; for if not, I will be completely tired out by her frequent coming. 6  And the Lord said, Give ear to the words of the evil judge. 7  And will not God do right in the cause of his saints, whose cries come day and night to his ears, though he is long in doing it? 8  I say to you that he will quickly do right in their cause. But when the Son of man comes, will there be any faith on earth?

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

9  And he made this story for some people who were certain that they were good, and had a low opinion of others: 10  Two men went up to the Temple for prayer; one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-farmer. 11  The Pharisee, taking up his position, said to himself these words: God, I give you praise because I am not like other men, who take more than their right, who are evil-doers, who are untrue to their wives, or even like this tax-farmer. 12  Twice in the week I go without food; I give a tenth of all I have. 13  The tax-farmer, on the other hand, keeping far away, and not lifting up even his eyes to heaven, made signs of grief and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner. 14  I say to you, This man went back to his house with God's approval, and not the other: for everyone who makes himself high will be made low and whoever makes himself low will be made high.

Jesus Blesses Little Children

15  And they took their children to him, so that he might put his hands on them: but when the disciples saw it, they said sharp words to them 16  But Jesus sent for them, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not keep them away, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. 17  Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all.

The Rich Young Ruler

18  And a certain ruler put a question to him, saying, Good Master, what have I to do so that I may have eternal life? 19  And Jesus said to him, Why do you say that I am good? No one is good, but only God. 20  You have knowledge of what the law says: Do not be untrue to your wife, Do not put anyone to death, Do not take what is not yours, Do not give false witness, Give honour to your father and mother. 21  And he said, All these things I have done from the time when I was a boy. 22  And Jesus, hearing it, said to him, One thing you still have need of; get money for your goods, and give it away to the poor, and you will have wealth in heaven; and come after me. 23  But at these words he became very sad, for he had great wealth. 24  And Jesus, looking at him, said, How hard it is for those who have wealth to get into the kingdom of God! 25  It is simpler for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a man who has much money to come into the kingdom of God. 26  And those who were present said, Then who may have salvation? 27  But he said, Things which are not possible with man are possible with God. 28  And Peter said, See, we have given up what is ours to come after you. 29  And he said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house or wife or brothers or father or mother or children, because of the kingdom of God, 30  Who will not get much more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

31  And he took with him the twelve and said to them, Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things which were said by the prophets will be done to the Son of man. 32  For he will be given up to the Gentiles, and will be made sport of and put to shame: 33  And he will be given cruel blows and put to death, and on the third day he will come back to life. 34  But they did not take in the sense of any of these words, and what he said was not clear to them, and their minds were not able to see it.

A Blind Beggar Healed near Jericho

35  And it came about that when he got near Jericho, a certain blind man was seated by the side of the road, making requests for money from those who went by. 36  And hearing the sound of a great number of people going by, he said, What is this? 37  And they said to him, Jesus of Nazareth is going by. 38  And he said in a loud voice, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. 39  And those who were in front made protests and said to him, Be quiet: but he said all the more, O Son of David, have mercy on me. 40  And Jesus, stopping, gave orders that he was to come to him, and when he came near, he said to him, 41  What would you have me do for you? And he said, Lord, that I may be able to see again. 42  And Jesus said, See again: your faith has made you well. 43  And straight away he was able to see, and he went after him, giving glory to God; and all the people when they saw it gave praise to God.

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