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21 Jesus replied, “Listen to the truth. If you do not doubt God’s power and speak out of faith’s fullness, you can also speak to a tree and it will wither away. Even more than that, you could say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and be thrown into the sea’ and it will be done.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 21:21 The mountain and the sea are both metaphors. Mountains speak of kingdoms, and the sea represents the nations (e.g., “sea of humanity”). Faith brings the reality of the kingdom realm into the nations.

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, (A)if you have faith and (B)do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, (C)but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

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