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Matthew 20:15-25 (New International Version)

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15 Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'1 16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last."2

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

20:17-19pp -- Mk 10:32-34; Lk 18:31-33

17 Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem,3 and the Son of Man4 will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law.5 They will condemn him to death 19 and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged6 and crucified.7 On the third day8 he will be raised to life!"9

A Mother's Request

20:20-28pp -- Mk 10:35-45

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons10 came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,11 asked a favor of him. 21 "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."12 22 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup13 I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup,14 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father." 24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant15 with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
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