Luke 17 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 He said to his disciples, "Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on! 1 Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.
2 Better to wear a millstone necklace and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of these dear little ones a hard time! 2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
3 "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him. 3 So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
4 Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him." 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
5 The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith." 5 The apostles said to the LORD, "Increase our faith!"
6 But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it. 6 He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
7 "Suppose one of you has a servant who comes in from plowing the field or tending the sheep. Would you take his coat, set the table, and say, 'Sit down and eat'? 7 "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'?
8 Wouldn't you be more likely to say, 'Prepare dinner; change your clothes and wait table for me until I've finished my coffee; then go to the kitchen and have your supper'? 8 Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?
9 Does the servant get special thanks for doing what's expected of him? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
10 It's the same with you. When you've done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, 'The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.'" 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "
11 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
13 but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 13 and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"
14 Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." 14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
16 He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough - and he was a Samaritan. 16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? 17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
18 Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?" 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
19 Then he said to him, "Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you." 19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."
20 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, "The kingdom of God doesn't come by counting the days on the calendar. 20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
21 Nor when someone says, 'Look here!' or, 'There it is!' And why? Because God's kingdom is already among you." 21 nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
22 He went on to say to his disciples, "The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won't see a thing. 22 Then he said to his disciples, "The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
23 And they'll say to you, 'Look over there!' or, 'Look here!' Don't fall for any of that nonsense. 23 Men will tell you, 'There he is!' or 'Here he is!' Do not go running off after them.
24 The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.
25 But first it's necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 "The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah - 26 "Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
27 everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 "It was the same in the time of Lot - the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual 28 "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.
29 right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 That's how it will be - sudden, total - when the Son of Man is revealed. 30 "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31 "When the Day arrives and you're out working in the yard, don't run into the house to get anything. And if you're out in the field, don't go back and get your coat. 31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.
32 Remember what happened to Lot's wife! 32 Remember Lot's wife!
33 If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you'll lose it, but if you let that life go, you'll get life on God's terms. 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 "On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing - one taken, the other left. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35 Two women will be working in the same kitchen - one taken, the other left." 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. "
37 Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, "Master, where?" He told them, "Watch for the circling of the vultures. They'll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around my dead body." 37 "Where, LORD?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."