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  Section 7: The long trip. The transfiguration (May 29 - Aug 29)
Avoiding Herod's territories, Jesus undertakes a long missionary trip. In the region of Tyre and Sidon, he consents to the request of the cananite woman: ("Even the dogs eat the crumbs...") (May 29). At Decapolis, he cures a deaf man. Returning to Galilee, he cures many sick people and performs the second miracle of the loaves, feeding 4000 men. The pharisees ask him for a sign: Jesus answers predicting the sign of Jonah. Jesus prevents their disciples against the yeast of the pharisees. In Bethsaida, he cures a blind man (Jun 29) and they continue their way towards the north. Approaching Caesarea Philippi Peter confesses his faith in Christ, the Son of God and he receives the promise of the keys; Jesus then predicts his Passion and Peter is rebuked for refusing to accept it. Days later, it happens the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, before Peter, James and John (Jul 29).
Coming down, Jesus cures a boy ("I believe; help my unbelief!"). Returning to Capernaum, he predicts his death and resurrection again, and he consents to pay the tax. He exhorts to the spiritual childhood and condemns those who put stumbling blocks (Ago 29). He explains the necessity of correcting and forgiving fraternally and ends with the parable of the merciless servant.
 

 The long trip: Tyre, Sidon, Decapolis
 The petition of the cananite woman: "Even the dogs eat the crumbs..."


15:21  Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22  Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, you son of David! My daughter is severely demonized!"
15:23  But he answered her not a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."
15:24  But he answered, "I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
15:25  But she came and worshiped him, saying, "Lord, help me."
15:26  But he answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
15:27  But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
15:28  Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Be it done to you even as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that hour.
7:24  From there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and didn't want anyone to know it, but he couldn't escape notice.
7:25  For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.
7:26  Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.
7:27  But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
7:28  But she answered him, "Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
7:29  He said to her, "For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter."
7:30  She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.
   
 Healing of a deaf man


  7:31  Again he departed from the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and came to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the region of Decapolis.
7:32  They brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech. They begged him to lay his hand on him.
7:33  He took him aside from the multitude, privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue.
7:34  Looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" that is, "Be opened!"
7:35  Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was released, and he spoke clearly.
7:36  He commanded them that they should tell no one, but the more he commanded them, so much the more widely they proclaimed it.
7:37  They were astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear, and the mute speak!"
   
 Back to Galilee: Many healings


15:29  Jesus departed there, and came near to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there.
15:30  Great multitudes came to him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others, and they put them down at his feet. He healed them,
15:31  so that the multitude wondered when they saw the mute speaking, injured whole, lame walking, and blind seeing--and they glorified the God of Israel.
     
 The second miracle of the loaves


15:32  Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat. I don't want to send them away fasting, or they might faint on the way."
15:33  The disciples said to him, "Where should we get so many loaves in a deserted place as to satisfy so great a multitude?"
15:34  Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."
15:35  He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground;
15:36  and he took the seven loaves and the fish. He gave thanks and broke them, and gave to the disciples, and the disciples to the multitudes.
15:37  They all ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
15:38  Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
15:39  Then he sent away the multitudes, got into the boat, and came into the borders of Magdala.
8:1  In those days, when there was a very great multitude, and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to himself, and said to them,
8:2  "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have stayed with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.
8:3  If I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint on the way, for some of them have come a long way."
8:4  His disciples answered him, "From where could one satisfy these people with bread here in a deserted place?"
8:5  He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven."
8:6  He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground, and he took the seven loaves. Having given thanks, he broke them, and gave them to his disciples to serve, and they served the multitude.
8:7  They had a few small fish. Having blessed them, he said to serve these also.
8:8  They ate, and were filled. They took up seven baskets of broken pieces that were left over.
8:9  Those who had eaten were about four thousand. Then he sent them away.
8:10  Immediately he entered into the boat with his disciples, and came into the region of Dalmanutha.
   
 An adulterous generation asks for a sign


16:1  The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing him, asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
16:2  But he answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.'
16:3  In the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times!
16:4  An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah." He left them, and departed.
8:11  The Pharisees came out and began to question him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, and testing him.
8:12  He sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Most assuredly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation."
8:13  He left them, and again entering into the boat, departed to the other side.
   
 The yeast of the pharisees


16:5  The disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread.
16:6  Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
16:7  They reasoned among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread."
16:8  Jesus, perceiving it, said, "Why do you reason among yourselves, you of little faith, 'because you have brought no bread?'
16:9  Don't you yet perceive, neither remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
16:10  Nor the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you took up?
16:11  How is it that you don't perceive that I didn't speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
16:12  Then they understood that he didn't tell them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
8:14  They forgot to take bread; and they didn't have more than one loaf in the boat with them.
8:15  He charged them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."
8:16  They reasoned with one another, saying, "It's because we have no bread."
8:17  Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you reason that it's because you have no bread? Don't you perceive yet, neither understand? Is your heart still hardened?
8:18  Having eyes, don't you see? Having ears, don't you hear? Don't you remember?
8:19  When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They told him, "Twelve."
8:20  "When the seven loaves fed the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They told him, "Seven."
8:21  He asked them, "Don't you understand, yet?"
   
 Healing the blind man from Bethsaida


  8:22  He came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him, and begged him to touch him.
8:23  He took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village. When he had spit on his eyes, and laid his hands on him, he asked him if he saw anything.
8:24  He looked up, and said, "I see men; for I see them like trees walking."
8:25  Then again he laid his hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly.
8:26  He sent him away to his house, saying, "Don't enter into the village, nor tell anyone in the village."
   
 Peter confess his faith. The promise of the keys


16:13  Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
16:14  They said, "Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
16:15  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16:16  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
16:17  Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
16:18  I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
16:19  I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will be released in heaven."
16:20  Then he charged the disciples that they should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ.
8:27  Jesus went out, with his disciples, into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?"
8:28  They told him, "John the Baptizer, and others say Elijah, but others: one of the prophets."
8:29  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ."
8:30  He charged them that they should tell no one about him.
9:18  It happened, as he was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?"
9:19  They answered, "'John the Baptizer,' but others say, 'Elijah,' and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again."
9:20  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
9:21  But he warned them, and commanded them to tell this to no one,
 
 First prediction of his Passion

16:21  From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.
16:22  Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you."
16:23  But he turned, and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men."
8:31  He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
8:32  He spoke to them openly. Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
8:33  But he, turning around, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you have in mind not the things of God, but the things of men."
9:22  saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up."
 
 Following Christ and carrying our own cross

16:24  Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
16:25  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it.
16:26  For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
16:27  For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.
16:28  Most assuredly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
8:34  He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
8:35  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever will lose his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.
8:36  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?
8:37  For what will a man give in exchange for his life?
8:38  For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
9:1  He said to them, "Most assuredly I tell you, there are some standing here who will in no way taste death until they see the Kingdom of God come with power."
9:23  He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
9:24  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it.
9:25  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self?
9:26  For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels.
9:27  But I tell you the truth: There are some of those who stand here, who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Kingdom of God."
 
 The transfiguration


17:1  After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain by themselves.
17:2  He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.
17:3  Behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking with him.
17:4  Peter answered, and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let's make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
17:5  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them. Behold, a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him."
17:6  When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces, and were very afraid.
17:7  Jesus came and touched them and said, "Get up, and don't be afraid."
17:8  Lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone.
9:2  After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and brought them up onto a high mountain privately by themselves, and he was changed into another form in front of them.
9:3  His clothing became glistening, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
9:4  Elijah and Moses appeared to them, and they were talking with Jesus.
9:5  Peter answered Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
9:6  For he didn't know what to say, for they were very afraid.
9:7  A cloud came, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
9:8  Suddenly looking around, they saw no one with them any more, except Jesus only.
9:28  It happened about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray.
9:29  As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling.
9:30  Behold, two men were talking with him, who were Moses and Elijah,
9:31  who appeared in glory, and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
9:32  Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him.
9:33  It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let's make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said.
9:34  While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud.
9:35  A voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!"
9:36  When the voice came, Jesus was found alone. They were silent, and told no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
 
 The coming of Elijah

17:9  As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Don't tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead."
17:10  His disciples asked him, saying, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
17:11  Jesus answered them, "Elijah indeed comes first, and will restore all things,
17:12  but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they didn't recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted to. Even so the Son of Man will also suffer by them."
17:13  Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptizer.
9:9  As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no one what things they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
9:10  They kept this saying to themselves, questioning what the "rising from the dead" meant.
9:11  They asked him, saying, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
9:12  He said to them, "Elijah indeed comes first, and restores all things. How is it written about the Son of Man, that he should suffer many things and be despised?
9:13  But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they have also done to him whatever they wanted to, even as it is written about him."
   
 Healing of a boy: "I believe; help my unbelief!"


17:14  When they came to the multitude, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, saying,
17:15  "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic, and suffers grievously; for he often falls into the fire, and often into the water.
17:16  So I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him."
17:17  Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me."
17:18  Jesus rebuked him, the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.
17:19  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, "Why weren't we able to cast it out?"
17:20  He said to them, "Because of your unbelief. For most assuredly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
17:21  But this kind doesn't go out except by prayer and fasting."
9:14  Coming to the disciples, he saw a great multitude around them, and scribes questioning them.
9:15  Immediately all the multitude, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and running to him greeted him.
9:16  He asked the scribes, "What are you asking them?"
9:17  One of the multitude answered, "Teacher, I brought to you my son, who has a mute spirit;
9:18  and wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth, and wastes away. I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they weren't able."
9:19  He answered him, "Unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to me."
9:20  They brought him to him, and when he saw him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground, wallowing and foaming at the mouth.
9:21  He asked his father, "How long has it been since this has come to him?" He said, "From childhood.
9:22  Often it has cast him both into the fire and into the water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us."
9:23  Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."
9:24  Immediately the father of the child cried out with tears, "I believe. Help my unbelief!"
9:25  When Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, "You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!"
9:26  Having cried out, and convulsed greatly, it came out of him. The boy became like one dead; so much that most of them said, "He is dead."
9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him up; and he arose.
9:28  When he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we cast it out?"
9:29  He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing, except by prayer and fasting."
9:37  It happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met him.
9:38  Behold, a man from the crowd called out, saying, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.
9:39  Behold, a spirit takes him, he suddenly cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him severely.
9:40  I begged your disciples to cast it out, and they couldn't."
9:41  Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here."
9:42  While he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him violently. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
 
 Another prediction of his death and resurrection


17:22  While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men,
17:23  and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up." They were exceedingly sorry.
9:30  They went out from there, and passed through Galilee. He didn't want anyone to know it.
9:31  For he was teaching his disciples, and said to them, "The Son of Man is being handed over to the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, on the third day he will rise again."
9:32  But they didn't understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
9:43  They were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while all were marveling at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples,
9:44  "Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man will be delivered up into the hands of men."
9:45  But they didn't understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
 
 To pay or not to pay the tax


17:24  When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, "Doesn't your teacher pay the didrachma?"
17:25  He said, "Yes." When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?"
17:26  Peter said to him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Therefore the children are exempt.
17:27  But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you."
     
 Those who put stumbling blocks


18:1  In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?"
18:2  Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the midst of them,
18:3  and said, "Most assuredly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
18:4  Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
18:5  Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me,
18:6  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him that a huge millstone should be hung around his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depths of the sea.
18:7  "Woe to the world because of occasions of stumbling! For it must be that the occasions come, but woe to that person through whom the occasion comes!
18:8  If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into the eternal fire.
18:9  If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire.
18:10  See that you don't despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
18:11  For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.
18:12  "What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn't he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?
18:13  If he finds it, most assuredly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
18:14  Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
10:40  He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
10:41  He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward: and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.
10:42  Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most assuredly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward."
9:33  He came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?"
9:34  But they were silent, for they had disputed one with another on the way about who was the greatest.
9:35  He sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."
9:36  He took a little child, and set him in the midst of them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
9:37  "Whoever receives one such little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, doesn't receive me, but him who sent me."
9:38  John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone who doesn't follow us casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow us."
9:39  But Jesus said, "Don't forbid him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
9:40  For whoever is not against us is on our side.
9:41  For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ's, most assuredly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward.
9:42  Whoever will cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if he was thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck.
9:43  If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire,
9:44  'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
9:45  If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame, rather than having your two feet to be cast into Gehenna, into the fire that will never be quenched--
9:46  'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
9:47  If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the Gehenna of fire,
9:48  'where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched.'
9:49  For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
9:46  There arose an argument among them about which of them was the greatest.
9:47  Jesus, perceiving the reasoning of their hearts, took a little child, and set him by his side,
9:48  and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me. Whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For whoever is least among you all, this one will be great."
9:49  John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he doesn't follow with us."
9:50  Jesus said to him, "Don't forbid him, for he who is not against us is for us."
17:1  He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come!
17:2  It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.
 
 Correcting and forgiving fraternally: "Whatever you bind on earth..."


18:15  "If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother.
18:16  But if he doesn't listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
18:17  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Gentile or a tax collector.
18:18  Most assuredly I tell you, whatever things you will bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever things you will release on earth will be released in heaven.
18:19  Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.
18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."
18:21  Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?"
18:22  Jesus said to him, "I don't tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.
  17:3  Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.
17:4  If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him."
 
 Parable of the merciless servant


18:23  Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants.
18:24  When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
18:25  But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
18:26  The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!'
18:27  The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
18:28  "But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'
18:29  "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you!'
18:30  He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.
18:31  So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done.
18:32  Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me.
18:33  Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?'
18:34  His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
18:35  So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds."
     

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  Hernán J. González
https://god.education
Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 2001
Last revision: 08/09/2001