Luke 17-18 World English Bible

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Causing to Sin

17 1  He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2  It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3  Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. 4  If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

Increase Our Faith

5  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6  The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

The Servant's Duty

7  But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down at the table,’ 8  and will not rather tell him, ‘Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink’? 9  Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not. 10  Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’”

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11  It happened as he was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. 12  As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance. 13  They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14  When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” It happened that as they went, they were cleansed. 15  One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. 16  He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. 17  Jesus answered, “Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18  Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?” 19  Then he said to him, “Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you.”

The Coming of the Kingdom

20  Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The Kingdom of God doesn’t come with observation; 21  neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” 22  He said to the disciples, “The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23  They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away, nor follow after them, 24  for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25  But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26  As it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man. 27  They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28  Likewise, even as it happened in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29  but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all. 30  It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31  In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back. 32  Remember Lot’s wife! 33  Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it. 34  I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left. 35  There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left.” 36  [1] 37  They, answering, asked him, “Where, Lord?”

He said to them, “Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together.”

The Parable of the Widow and the Judge

18 1  He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up, 2  saying, “There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man. 3  A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’ 4  He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, 5  yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’” 6  The Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 7  Won’t God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? 8  I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

9  He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others. 10  “Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. 11  The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortioners, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12  I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13  But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

15  They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16  Jesus summoned them, saying, “Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17  Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.”

The Rich Young Ruler

18  A certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19  Jesus asked him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one—God. 20  You know the commandments: ‘Don’t commit adultery,’ ‘Don’t murder,’ ‘Don’t steal,’ ‘Don’t give false testimony,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” [2] 21  He said, “I have observed all these things from my youth up.” 22  When Jesus heard these things, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me.” 23  But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich. 24  Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God! 25  For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.” 26  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27  But he said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” 28  Peter said, “Look, we have left everything, and followed you.” 29  He said to them, “Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for the Kingdom of God’s sake, 30  who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.”

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

31  He took the twelve aside, and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed. 32  For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on. 33  They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again.” 34  They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn’t understand the things that were said.

A Blind Beggar Healed near Jericho

35  It happened, as he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging. 36  Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant. 37  They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38  He cried out, “Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!” 39  Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “You son of David, have mercy on me!” 40  Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him, 41  “What do you want me to do?”

He said, “Lord, that I may see again.” 42  Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.” 43  Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.

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Footnotes

[1] 17:36 Some Greek manuscripts add: “Two will be in the field: the one taken, and the other left.”

[2] 18:20 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20

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