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Matthew 20:17-28Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Third Prediction of His Death

17 While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way: 18 “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. 19 Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged,[a] and crucified, and He will be resurrected[b] on the third day.”

Suffering and Service

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons approached Him with her sons. She knelt down to ask Him for something. 21 “What do you want?” He asked her.

“Promise,”[c] she said to Him, “that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and the other on Your left, in Your kingdom.”

22 But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup[d] that I am about to drink?”[e]

“We are able,” they said to Him.

23 He told them, “You will indeed drink My cup.[f] But to sit at My right and left is not Mine to give; instead, it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.” 24 When the 10 disciples heard this, they became indignant with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them. 26 It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 20:19 Or scourged
  2. Matthew 20:19 Other mss read will rise again
  3. Matthew 20:21 Lit Say
  4. Matthew 20:22 Figurative language referring to His coming suffering; Mt 26:39; Jn 18:11
  5. Matthew 20:22 Other mss add and (or) to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
  6. Matthew 20:23 Other mss add and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.

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