Luke 17:1-19 The Message Bible

Causing to Sin

17 1  He said to his disciples, "Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on! 2  Better to wear a millstone necklace and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of these dear little ones a hard time! 3  "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. 4  Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him."

Increase Our Faith

5  The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith." 6  But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it.

The Servant's Duty

7  "Suppose one of you has a servant who comes in from plowing the field or tending the sheep. Would you take his coat, set the table, and say, 'Sit down and eat'? 8  Wouldn't you be more likely to say, 'Prepare dinner; change your clothes and wait table for me until I've finished my coffee; then go to the kitchen and have your supper'? 9  Does the servant get special thanks for doing what's expected of him? 10  It's the same with you. When you've done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, 'The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.'"

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12  As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance 13  but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14  Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." 15  One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. 16  He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough - and he was a Samaritan. 17  Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? 18  Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?" 19  Then he said to him, "Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you."

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