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Matthew 20:20-28 (New International Version)

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A Mother's Request

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

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons1 came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down,2 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."3 22 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup4 I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup,5 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 indignant6 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. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,7 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-- 28 just as the Son of Man8 did not come to be served, but to serve,9 and to give his life as a ransom10 for many."
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