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Luke 17:1-37

17  And he said to his disciples “It is impossible for trippings-up not to come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2  it would pay him if he had a millstone round his neck and were thrown into the sea, sooner than that he should trip up one of these little ones; 3  beware! If your brother sins rebuke him, and if he repents forgive him; 4  and if he sins against you seven times a day and turns back to you seven times saying ‘I am sorry’ you shall forgive him.” 5  And the apostles said to the Lord “Give us more faith.” 6  But the Lord said “Had you faith like a mustard-seed, you would say to this sycamine tree ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’ and it would have obeyed you. 7  But which of you is there who, if he has a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he comes in from the field ‘Come on and have dinner at once’ 8  and not ‘Get something ready for my dinner, and put on your apron and wait on me till I have eaten and drunk, and after that you shall eat and drink yourself’? 9  is he thankful to the servant because he has done what was prescribed? 10  So with you: when you have done everything that was prescribed to you, say ‘We are inefficient servants—it was what we were in duty bound to do that we did.’” 11  And while he was on his way to Jerusalem he was passing between Samaria and Galilee, 12  and as he came into a certain village he met with ten leprous men, who stopped and stood far off; 13  and they lifted their voice in the cry “Jesus, master, take pity on us.” 14  And, seeing it, he said to them “Go and show yourselves to the priests”; and as they went they were cleansed. 15  And one of them, upon seeing that he was healed, returned glorifying God in a loud voice, 16  and threw himself down on his face at Jesus’s feet thanking him; and he was a Samaritan. 17  And Jesus answered by saying “Why, the ten were cleansed: where are the nine? 18  were there not any found that returned to give glory to God except this alien?” 19  And he said to him “Stand up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” 20  And, having the question “When is the Reign of God to come?” put to him by the Pharisees, he answered them “The Reign of God is not to come under watching, 21  and they will not say ‘Here it is’ or ‘there’; for the place to find the Reign of God is within you.” 22  And he said to the disciples “There will come days when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man and will not, 23  and they will say to you ‘Off there,’ ‘Right here’—do not go; do not chase after them. 24  For as the lightning flashing from one horizon shines to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25  But first he must suffer a great deal, and be rejected by this generation. 26  And as it was in Noah’s days, so it will be in the Son of Man’s too: 27  they were eating, drinking, marrying, until the day that Noah went into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28  Or again, as it was in Lot’s days, they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building, 29  but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and sulfur from the sky and destroyed them all,— 30  it will be the same on the day that the Son of Man is disclosed. 31  On that day let him who is on the roof, and his things in the house, not go down to take them; and so he who is in the field, let him not turn back— 32  remember Lot’s wife! 33  Whoever tries to keep his soul alive will lose it, and whoever loses it will have it alive. 34  I tell you, that night there will be two on one couch, the one will be taken along and the other left; 35  there will be two women grinding in company, the one will be taken along and the other left.” 36  —— 37  And they answered him “Where, sir?” And he said to them “Where the body is is where the vultures will gather around.”