Gospel of Luke Chapter Seventeen

17:1 Then he looked at his students and said, “It is certain there will be stumbling blocks. But woe to one through whom they come.
17:2 It would be better to have a millstone hung around the neck and be tossed into the sea than to cause one of these humble ones to stumble.
17:3 Be careful. If your brother should make offenses, rebuke him. But if he should have a change of heart, forgive him.
17:4 And if someone even offends you seven times a day and turns about seven times a day, saying, ‘I have had a change of heart,’ you should forgive him.”
17:5 Then the messengers said to the Master, “Increase our faith.”
17:6 But the Master said, “If you have even the faith of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘become uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
17:7 Which of you, if you had a servant plowing or tending sheep coming out of the field, would tell him to immediately sit down at the table?
17:8 Instead, you’d tell him, ‘Prepare something for me. I will be dining. And be prepared to serve me up so I can eat and drink – and after this, you can eat and drink.’
17:9 Does that servant receive any thanks for doing what has been ordered? I think not.
17:10 Similarly, as you are doing these things that are instructed, you should be saying, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have only done what we were supposed to do.’”
17:11 Then later, on his way to Jerusalem, he passed through the regions of Samaria and Galilee.
17:12 Then, as he entered a village, ten men with leprosy were standing at a distance.
17:13 They cried out, saying, “Jesus, healer! Be merciful to us!”
17:14 Seeing this, he said to them, “Go and make an offering at the sacred Altar.” Then as they were leaving, they were cleansed.
17:15 Then one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice.
17:16 He fell at the Master’s feet and thanked him. He was a Samaritan.
17:17 In reply, Jesus said, “Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
17:18 None of the others have returned to praise God except this foreigner?”
17:19 Then he said to him, “Stand up and go. Your faith has saved you.”
17:20 Later, after being asked by the pharisees when the sanctuary of God will appear, he replied, “The sanctuary of God does not appear through observation.
17:21 Neither can you declare, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ Because the sanctuary of God is within you.”
17:22 Then he told his students, “A time will come when you will yearn for seeing one of the days of the Servant of Humanity, and you won’t see it.
17:23 And they’ll be saying to you, ‘Over there!’ and ‘Over here!’ Don’t leave and follow them.
17:24 For the Servant of Humanity is like lightning from one part of the sky lighting up the other part of the sky.
17:25 But first he must suffer many things and rejected by this society.
17:26 And just as it happened in the time of Noah, so will it also be when the time comes for the Servant of Humanity.
17:27 They ate and drank, and went out and got married until the day upon which Noah entered the ark – and the flood came and destroyed them all.
17:28 Similarly, at the time of Lot – they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted and they built.
17:29 Yet on the day that Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from the sky and destroyed them all.
17:30 This is how it will be when the time comes for the Servant of Humanity to be revealed.
17:31 On that day, whoever is on the housetop with his belongings in the house – he shouldn’t go down to get them. And those who are in the field should likewise not turn back to what is left behind.
17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.
17:33 Whoever wants to save his life will lose it and whoever loses it will live.
17:34 I am telling you, on this night there will be two on a bed and one will be taken and the other will be left.
17:35 There will be two milling at the same place and one will be taken, yet the other will be left.”
17:37 They replied, asking him, “Where, Master?” But he told them, “Where ever the physical body is, vultures will gather.”


1. Verse 17:36. Early manuscripts do not contain this verse, as it was added later:
“Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”