Luke 17

1Jesus said to his followers, “Things will surely happen that will make people sin. But it will be very bad for the person that makes this happen. 2It will be very bad for a person if he makes one of these weak persons sin. It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea. 3So be careful! “If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. If he is sorry ˻and stops sinning˼, forgive him. 4If your brother does something wrong to you seven times in one day, but he says that he is sorry each time, then you should forgive him.” 5The apostles said to the Lord ˻(Jesus)˼, “Give us more faith!” 6The Lord said, “If your faith is as big as a mustard seed, then you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Dig yourself up and plant yourself in the ocean!’ And the tree will obey you. 7”Suppose one of you has a servant that has been working in the field. The servant has been plowing the ground or caring for the sheep. When he comes in from work, what would you say to him? Would you say, 'Come in and sit down to eat’? 8No! You would say to your servant, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Then get dressed and serve me. When I finish eating and drinking, then you can eat.’ 9The servant should not get any special thanks for doing his job. He is only doing what his master told him to do. 10It is the same with you. When you do all the things you are told to do, you should say, 'We are not worthy of any special thanks. We have only done the work we should do.’” 11Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem. He went from Galilee to Samaria. 12He came into a small town. Ten men met him there. These men did not come close to Jesus, because they all had leprosy. 13But the men yelled to Jesus, “Jesus! Master! Please help us!” 14When Jesus saw the men, he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” While the ten men were going to the priests, they were healed. 15When one of the men saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus. He praised God loudly. 16He bowed down at Jesus’ feet. The man thanked Jesus. (This man was a Samaritan.) 17Jesus said, “Ten men were healed; where are the other nine? 18This man is not even a Jew! Is he the only one that came back to give praise to God?” 19Then Jesus said to the man, “Stand up! You can go. You were healed because you believed.” 20Some of the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the kingdom of God come?” Jesus answered, “God’s kingdom is coming, but not in a way that you will be able to see with your eyes. 21People will not say, 'Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ Or, 'There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is inside you.” 22Then Jesus said to his followers, “The time will come when you will want very much to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not be able. 23People will say to you, 'Look, there it is!’ or, 'Look, here it is!’ Stay where you are; don’t go away and search. 24”˻You will know it˼ when the Son of Man comes again. On the day when he comes he will shine like lightning flashes across the sky. 25But first, the Son of Man must suffer many things and be killed by the people of this time. 26It will be the same when the Son of Man comes again as it was when Noah lived. 27In the time of Noah, people were eating, drinking, and getting married even on the day when Noah entered the boat. Then the flood came and killed all the people. 28It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom. Those people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building houses for themselves. 29The people were doing these things even on the day when Lot left town. Then fire and sulphur rained down from the sky and killed them all. 30This is exactly how it will be when the Son of Man comes again. 31”On that day, if a man is on his roof, he will not have time to go inside and get his things. If a man is in the field, he cannot go back home. 32Remember what happened to Lot’s wife? 33The person that tries to save his life will lose it. But the person that gives his life away will save it. 34At the time when I come again, there may be two people sleeping in one room. One person will be taken and the other person will be left. 35There may be two women working together. One woman will be taken and the other woman will be left.” 37The followers asked Jesus, “Where will this be, Lord?” Jesus answered, “People can always find a dead body by looking for the vultures.”

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