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Luke 17:1-10 (Lexham English Bible)

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Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

1 And he said to his disciples, "It is impossible for causes for stumbling not to come, but woe [to him] through whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if {a millstone}a is placed around his neck and he is thrown into the sea than that he causes one of these little ones to sin. 3 "Be concerned about yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times he returns to you saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him." 5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" 6 So the Lord said, "If you have faith like a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 7 "And which of you who has a slave plowing or shepherding [sheep]b who comes in from the field will say to him, 'Come here at once [and]c recline at the table'? 8 Will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something that I may eat, and dress yourself to serve me while I eat and drink, and after these [things] you will eat and drink.' 9 He will not {be grateful}d to the slave because he did what was ordered, [will he]?e 10 Thus you also, when you have done all the {things you were ordered to do},f say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done what we were obligated to do.'"
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