The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like(A) treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.(B)

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like(C) a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

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24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.(A) 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.(B) 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man(C) is going to come(D) in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 16:25 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26.

23 Jesus replied, “The hour(A) has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.(B) 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,(C) it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it(D) for eternal life.(E) 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.(F) My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled,(G) and what shall I say? ‘Father,(H) save me from this hour’?(I) No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven,(J) “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

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But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss(A) for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing(B) Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ(C) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,(D) but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness(E) that comes from God on the basis of faith.(F) 10 I want to know(G) Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,(H) becoming like him in his death,(I) 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection(J) from the dead.

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faithfulness of

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,(A) but gives us power,(B) love and self-discipline.

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24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me;(A) my only aim is to finish the race(B) and complete the task(C) the Lord Jesus has given me(D)—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.(E)

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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run(A) with perseverance(B) the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,(C) the pioneer(D) and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,(E) scorning its shame,(F) and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(G) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary(H) and lose heart.

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