-- came up from Babylon. He was a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he requested because the hand of the LORD his God was on him.
Then the scribe said to Him, "You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him.
And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more [important] than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices."
When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to question Him any longer.
As they were traveling on the road someone said to Him, "I will follow You wherever You go!"
Jesus told him, "Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head."
Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn't God made the world's wisdom foolish?
Now great crowds were traveling with Him. So He turned and said to them:
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-- yes, and even his own life-- he cannot be My disciple.
Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
"Lord," he told Him, "I'm ready to go with You both to prison and to death!"
"I tell you, Peter," He said, "the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!"
"Lord," Simon Peter said to Him, "where are You going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you will follow later."
"Lord," Peter asked, "why can't I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!"
Jesus replied, "Will you lay down your life for Me? I assure you: A rooster will not crow until you have denied Me three times.