Mark 9:33-50

Who Is the Greatest?

33And a  they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house b  he asked them, What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they kept silent, for on the way c  they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, d  “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and e  taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 f  Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and g  whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

38 h  John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone i  casting out demons in your name
Some manuscripts add who does not follow us
and k  we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 l  For the one who is not against us is for us. 41For truly, I say to you m  whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

Temptations to Sin

42 n  Whoever causes one of o  these little ones who believe in me to sin
Greek  to stumble; also verses 43, 45, 47
q  it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
43 r  And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to s  hell
Greek Gehenna; also verse 47
to u  the unquenchable fire.
Some manuscripts add verses 44 and 46 (which are identical with verse 48)
45 w  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into x  hell. 47 y  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into z  hell, 48where aa  their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire.
Some manuscripts add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt
50 ac  Salt is good ad  but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? ae  Have salt in yourselves, and af  be at peace with one another.”

Luke 9:46-50

Who Is the Greatest?

46 ag  An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48and said to them, ah  Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and ai  whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For aj  he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us

49 ak  John answered, “Master, we saw someone al  casting out demons in your name, and am  we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50But Jesus said to him, Do not stop him, an  for the one who is not against you is for you.”

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