Mark 9:26-36 (New International Reader's Version)

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26 The spirit screamed. It shook the boy wildly. Then it came out of him. The boy looked so lifeless that many people said, "He's dead." 27 But Jesus took him by the hand. He lifted the boy to his feet, and the boy stood up. 28 Jesus went indoors. Then his disciples asked him in private, "Why couldn't we drive out the evil spirit?" 29 He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer." 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were. 31 That was because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men. They will kill him. After three days he will rise from the dead." 32 But they didn't understand what he meant. And they were afraid to ask him about it.

Who Is the Most Important Person?

33 Jesus and his disciples came to a house in Capernaum. There he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34 But they kept quiet. On the way, they had argued about which one of them was the most important person. 35 Jesus sat down and called for the Twelve to come to him. Then he said, "If you want to be first, you must be the very last. You must be the servant of everyone." 36 Jesus took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took the child in his arms. He said to them,
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