Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us

38 (A)John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone (B)casting out demons in your name,[a] and (C)we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But 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 (D)For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, (E)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 (F)“Whoever causes one of (G)these little ones who believe in me to sin,[b] (H)it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 (I)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 (J)hell,[c] to (K)the unquenchable fire.[d] 45 (L)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 (M)hell. 47 (N)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 (O)hell, 48 ‘where (P)their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.[e] 50 (Q)Salt is good, (R)but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? (S)Have salt in yourselves, and (T)be at peace with one another.”

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 9:38 Some manuscripts add who does not follow us
  2. Mark 9:42 Greek to stumble; also verses 43, 45, 47
  3. Mark 9:43 Greek Gehenna; also verse 47
  4. Mark 9:43 Some manuscripts add verses 44 and 46 (which are identical with verse 48)
  5. Mark 9:49 Some manuscripts add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt

but (A)whoever causes one of these (B)little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Temptations to Sin

“Woe to the world for (C)temptations to sin![b] (D)For it is necessary that temptations come, (E)but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! (F)And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into (G)the eternal fire. (H)And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the (I)hell[c] of fire.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise (J)one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven (K)their angels always (L)see the face of my Father who is in heaven.[d] 12 (M)What do you think? (N)If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So (O)it is not the will of my[e] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 18:6 Greek causes… to stumble; also verses 8, 9
  2. Matthew 18:7 Greek stumbling blocks
  3. Matthew 18:9 Greek Gehenna
  4. Matthew 18:10 Some manuscripts add verse 11: For the Son of Man came to save the lost
  5. Matthew 18:14 Some manuscripts your

Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us

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

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