Luke 17:1-10

Sin, Faith, Duty

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.
2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
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 plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?
8 Won’t he 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 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
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.’ ”

Luke 17:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Then said he unto the disciples,It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
ESV
1 And he said to his disciples, "Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!
NLT
1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!
MSG
1 He said to his disciples, "Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on!
CSB
1 He said to His disciples, "Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through!

Luke 17:1-10 In-Context

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.
2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sistersins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
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 plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?
8 Won’t he 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 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?
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 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

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Cross References 13

  • 1. S Matthew 5:29
  • 2. Matthew 18:7
  • 3. Mark 10:24; Luke 10:21
  • 4. S Matthew 5:29
  • 5. S Matthew 18:15
  • 6. Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
  • 7. Matthew 18:21,22
  • 8. S Mark 6:30
  • 9. S Luke 7:13
  • 10. Matthew 13:31; Matthew 17:20; Luke 13:19
  • 11. S Matthew 21:21; Mark 9:23
  • 12. Luke 12:37
  • 13. 1 Corinthians 9:16

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman.
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