English Standard Version
Who Is the Greatest?
46 (A)An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, (B)“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and (C)whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For (D)he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us
49 (E)John answered, “Master, we saw someone (F)casting out demons in your name, and (G)we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, (H)for the one who is not against you is for you.”
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
51 When the days drew near for (I)him to be taken up, (J)he set his face (K)to go to Jerusalem. 52 And (L)he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of (M)the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But (N)the people did not receive him, because (O)his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell (P)fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
57 As they were going (Q)along the road, (R)someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus[c] said to him, “Leave (S)the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and (T)proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, (U)but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, (V)“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”Read full chapter