25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Meand does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.27 Andwhoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.28 Forwhich of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.33 So likewise, whoever of youdoes not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Tasteless Salt Is Worthless
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the[a]dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
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