More Power & Parables

Luke 17:11-19:27

1711As he was on his way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance. 13They lifted up their voices, saying,


Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!

14When he saw them, he said to them,


Go and show yourselves to the priests.

As they went, they were cleansed. 15One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice. 16He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan. 17Jesus answered,


Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this stranger?

19Then he said to him,


Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you.

20Being asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom would come, he answered them,


God’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation; 21neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.

22He said to the disciples,


The days will come, when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away, nor follow after them, 24for as the lightning, when it flashes out of the one part under the sky, shines to the other part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26As it was in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man. 27They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise, even as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky, and destroyed them all. 30It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31In that day, he who will be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back. 32Remember Lot’s wife! 33Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it. 34I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. The one will be taken, and the other will be left. 35There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken, and the other will be left. 36*

37They, answering, asked him,


Where, Lord?

He said to them,


Where the body is, there will the vultures also be gathered together.

181He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up, 2saying,


There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man. 3A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, ‘Defend me from my adversary!’ 4He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, 5yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.’

6The Lord said,


Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 7Won’t God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

9He spoke also this parable to certain people who were convinced of their own righteousness, and who despised all others.


10Two men went up into the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself like this: ‘God, I thank you, that I am not like the rest of men, extortionists, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week. I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far away, wouldn’t even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.

15They were also bringing their babies to him, that he might touch them. But when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16Jesus summoned them, saying,


Allow the little children to come to me, and don’t hinder them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these. 17Most certainly, I tell you, whoever doesn’t receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.

18A certain ruler asked him, saying,


Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19Jesus asked him,


Why do you call me good? No one is good, except one—God. 20You know the commandments: ‘Don’t commit adultery,’ ‘Don’t murder,’ ‘Don’t steal,’ ‘Don’t give false testimony,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’*

21He said,


I have observed all these things from my youth up.

22When Jesus heard these things, he said to him,


You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have, and distribute it to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Come, follow me.

23But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was very rich.
24Jesus, seeing that he became very sad, said,


How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into God’s Kingdom! 25For it is easier for a camel to enter in through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into God’s Kingdom.

26Those who heard it said,


Then who can be saved?

27But he said,


The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

28Peter said,


Look, we have left everything, and followed you.

29He said to them,


Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children, for God’s Kingdom’s sake, 30who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.

31He took the twelve aside, and said to them,


Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all the things that are written through the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be completed. 32For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on. 33They will scourge and kill him. On the third day, he will rise again.

34They understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they didn’t understand the things that were said. 35As he came near Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the road, begging. 36Hearing a multitude going by, he asked what this meant. 37They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38He cried out,


Jesus, you son of David, have mercy on me!

39Those who led the way rebuked him, that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more,


You son of David, have mercy on me!

40Standing still, Jesus commanded him to be brought to him. When he had come near, he asked him,


41What do you want me to do?

He said,


Lord, that I may see again.

42Jesus said to him,


Receive your sight. Your faith has healed you.

43Immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God. All the people, when they saw it, praised God.
191He entered and was passing through Jericho. 2There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn’t because of the crowd, because he was short. 4He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him,


Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.

6He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. 7When they saw it, they all murmured, saying,


He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner.

8Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord,


Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.

9Jesus said to him,


Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

11As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that God’s Kingdom would be revealed immediately. 12He said therefore,


A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins,* and told them, ‘Conduct business until I come.’ 14But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to reign over us.’
15When he had come back again, having received the kingdom, he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business. 16The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.’
17He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’
18The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.’
19So he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20Another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief, 21for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn’t lay down, and reap that which you didn’t sow.’
22He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn’t lay down, and reaping that which I didn’t sow. 23Then why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?’ 24He said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.’
25They said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26‘For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. 27But bring those enemies of mine who didn’t want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.’

*Luke 17:36 Some Greek manuscripts add: “Two will be in the field: the one taken, and the other left.”
*Luke 18:20 Exodus 20:12-16; Deuteronomy 5:16-20
*Luke 19:13 10 minas was more than 3 years’ wages for an agricultural laborer.


  • What God-given instructions do you note in this portion of Scripture?
  • Put yourself in the original setting and creatively think about what it might have been like to receive this instruction. How does this relate to you where you live and work today?
  • What God-inspired hope do you note in this portion of Scripture? How can you grow to have more of this in your own life?
  • Commit yourself to tell a friend about what this hope means for you today.
World English Bible (WEB)
a Public Domain Modern English translation
of the Holy Bible.

© 2018 SourceView LLC.