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Matthew chapter 16

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The Pharisees and Sadducees approached, and as a test, asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
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He answered them: "When evening comes you say, 'It will be good weather because the sky is red.'
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And in the morning, 'Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can't read the signs of the times.
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An evil and adulterous generation wants a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." Then He left them and went away.
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The disciples reached the other shore, and they had forgotten to take bread.
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Then Jesus told them, "Watch out and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
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And they discussed among themselves, "We didn't bring any bread."
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Aware of this, Jesus said, "You of little faith! Why are you discussing among yourselves that you do not have bread?
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Don't you understand yet? Don't you remember the five loaves for the 5,000 and how many baskets you collected?
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Or the seven loaves for the 4,000 and how many large baskets you collected?
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Why is it you don't understand that when I told you, 'Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees,' it wasn't about bread?"
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Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the yeast in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
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When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
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And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
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"But you," He asked them, "who do you say that I am?"
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Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"
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And Jesus responded, "Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.
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And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.
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I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven."
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And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was the Messiah.
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From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.
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Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, "Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!"
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But He turned and told Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you're not thinking about God's concerns, but man's."
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Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.
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For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.
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What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?
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For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done.
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I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Matthew chapter 17

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After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
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He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.
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Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
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Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it's good for us to be here! If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
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While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!
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When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.
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Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, "Get up; don't be afraid."
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When they looked up they saw no one except Him-- Jesus alone.
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As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Don't tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead."
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So the disciples questioned Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
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"Elijah is coming and will restore everything," He replied.
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"But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn't recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."
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Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.
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When they reached the crowd, a man approached and knelt down before Him.
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"Lord," he said, "have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water.
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I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn't heal him."
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Jesus replied, "You unbelieving and rebellious generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me."
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Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.
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Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
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"Because of your little faith," He told them. "For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
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[[However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.]]"
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As they were meeting in Galilee, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.
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They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up." And they were deeply distressed.
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When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the double-drachma tax approached Peter and said, "Doesn't your Teacher pay the double-drachma tax?"
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"Yes," he said. When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, "What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?"
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"From strangers," he said. "Then the sons are free," Jesus told him.
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"But, so we won't offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and catch the first fish that comes up. When you open its mouth you'll find a coin. Take it and give it to them for Me and you."

Matthew chapter 18

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At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
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Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them.
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"I assure you," He said, "unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
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Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child-- this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
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And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.
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"But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me-- it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea!
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Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes.
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If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire.
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And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!
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"See that you don't look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.
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[[For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.]]
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What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won't he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray?
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And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray.
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In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
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"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.
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But if he won't listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.
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If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn't pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.
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I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven.
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Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.
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For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them."
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Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
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"I tell you, not as many as seven," Jesus said to him, "but 70 times seven.
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For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves.
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When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him.
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Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
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"At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!'
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Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan.
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"But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, 'Pay what you owe!'
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"At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
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But he wasn't willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.
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When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened.
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"Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
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Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?'
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And his master got angry and handed him over to the jailers until he could pay everything that was owed.
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So My heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart."