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59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

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The Cross and Self-Denial

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

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33 But strive first for the kingdom of God[a] and his[b] righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:33 Other ancient authorities lack of God
  2. Matthew 6:33 Or its

20 He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah[a] said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?”

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  1. 1 Kings 19:20 Heb he

21 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

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Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.

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The Call of Matthew

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.

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19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

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