They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it;
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.
And they came to Caper'na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest.
And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us."
But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.
For he that is not against us is for us.
For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
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And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
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And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
For every one will be salted with fire.
Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)