17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumbles are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.t 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little onesu to stumble.v 3 So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sistera sins against you, rebuke them;w and if they repent, forgive them.x 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”y
5 The apostlesz said to the Lord,a “Increase our faith!”
6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed,b you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.c
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on med while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”e
Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem,f Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.g 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosyb h met him. They stood at a distancei 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master,j have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”k And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising Godl in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.m
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”n
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come,o Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’p because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”c
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man,q but you will not see it.r 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.s 24 For the Son of Man in his dayd will be like the lightning,t which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many thingsu and be rejectedv by this generation.w
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah,x so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot.y People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.z 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.a 32 Remember Lot’s wife!b 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.c 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”d e
He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”e
About The New International Version
The NIV is the world’s most read and trusted contemporary English Bible translation. It follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English. The NIV is the most readable English Bible ever produced.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 Biblica, Inc.™
Used by Permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“New International Version” and “NIV” are registered trademarks of Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission.
The NIV® text may be quoted in any form (written, visual, electronic or audio), up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without the express written permission of the publisher, providing the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the total text of the work in which they are quoted.
Notice of copyright must appear on the title or copyright page as follows:
“Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.”
The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
When quotations from the NIV® text are used by a local church in non-saleable media such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, overhead transparencies, or similar materials, a complete copyright notice is not required, but the initials (NIV®) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Any commentary or other biblical reference work produced for commercial sale, that uses the NIV® text must obtain written permission for use of the NIV® text.
Permission requests for commercial use within the USA and Canada that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530, USA. www.Zondervan.com
Permission requests for commercial use within the UK, EU and EFTA that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom. www.Hodder.co.uk
Permission requests for non-commercial use that exceeds the above guidelines must be directed to, and approved in writing by Biblica US, Inc., 1820 Jet Stream Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA. www.Biblica.com
Any Internet addresses (websites, blogs, etc.) and telephone numbers printed in this Bible are offered as a resource. They are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement by Zondervan, nor does Zondervan vouch for the content of these sites and numbers for the life of the Bible.