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Luke 17:5-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a[a] mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 17:6 Gk faith as a grain of
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Luke 17:5-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Faith and Duty

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

“If you have faith the size of[a] a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

“Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, get ready,[b] and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink’? Does he thank that slave because he did what was commanded?[c] 10 In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 17:6 Lit faith like
  2. Luke 17:8 Or eat, gird yourself; lit eat, tuck in your robe
  3. Luke 17:9 Other mss add I don’t think so
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