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Luke

17:1Then he said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are inevitable, but woe to whoever sets them up!17:2It would be better for such people to have a large millstone tied around their neck and be flung into the sea, rather than to have ensnared one of these little ones.17:3So watch yourselves! Yet if your brother or sister does you wrong, rebuke them; and if they’re sorry, forgive them.17:4Even if they do you wrong seven times in a day, and seven times they turn around and apologize, forgive them.”

17:5Then the Ambassadors said to the Master, “Increase our faith.”17:6And he replied, “If you have faith as tiny as a mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to uproot itself and be planted in the sea instead, and it would listen to you.

17:7“Now suppose one of you had a slave doing the plowing or shepherding, and they came in from the field. Would you say to them, ‘Come, sit right down at the table’?17:8No, you would say, ‘Prepare my meal, then prepare to serve me my food and drink. After that, you may have your meal.’17:9Does that slave expect to be thanked for doing their duty?17:10In the same way, when you do your duty you should say, ‘We are useless slaves; we have only done our duty.’ ”

17:11Now it happened that as he went toward Jerusalem, he passed through the middle of Samaria and Galilee.17:12And when he entered a certain village, he was met by ten men with leprosy. They stood a distance away17:13and called out to Jesus, “Oh exalted one, have pity on us!”17:14Then he looked at them and said, “Off you go! Show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went on their way, they were suddenly healed.

17:15One of them, when he realized he was healed, went back and loudly gave honor to God.17:16He fell to his face next to Jesus, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan.17:17But Jesus responded, “Weren’t there ten who were healed? So where are the other nine?17:18Did no one come back to give honor to God except this foreigner?”17:19And he said to him, “Get up! Your faith has restored you.”

17:20Another time, Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. And he replied, “The kingdom of God is not coming in a way you can watch for it.17:21No one will be able to say ‘Look, over here!’ or ‘Look, over there!’, for the kingdom of God is all around you.”1

17:22Then he said to his disciples, “The days will come when you will wish you could see just one of the days of the Human, but you won’t see it.17:23And people will say to you, ‘Look, over there! ’ or ‘Look, over here!’, but don’t even go to investigate it.17:24For just as lightning flashes and lights up the whole sky, so it will be when the Human comes in his day.17:25But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

17:26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will also be in the days of the Human:17:27People ate, drank, and married, right up to the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and wiped them all out.17:28Likewise as in the days of Lot: they ate and drank, they bought and sold, they planted and built,17:29right up to the day when Lot left Sodom, and fire and sulfur rained down from the sky and wiped them all out.

17:30“This is how it will be on the day the Human is revealed.17:31On that day, the one on the rooftop who has left tools in the house must not go down to retrieve them. Likewise, the one in the field must not turn back to what is behind them;17:32remember Lot’s wife!

17:33“Whoever tries to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will live.17:34And I tell you this: One night there will be two people in a bed; one will be accepted and the other will be abandoned.17:35Two will be grinding grain; one will be accepted and the other will be abandoned.”2

17:3617:37“Where, Master?” asked the disciples.

And he replied, “Where the body is, there will the eagles gather.”

  1. 1The phrase rendered ‘all around you’ can technically be rendered ‘within you’. But Jesus said this to the Pharisees, who were clearly outside of it. And it doesn’t logically follow that if the kingdom of God were there at that time in a figurative way, then it cannot also come later in a literal way.
  2. 2The familiar “taken/left” pairing is rendered here as “accepted/abandoned,” which seems more consistent with the prior examples of Noah and Lot, where the righteous are taken away and the unrighteous are left to die. But while the disciples’ question “where?” does not specify which group they are asking about, Jesus‘ response seems to indicate the righteous, the ones taken.