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Genesis chapter 34

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Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
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When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her.
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His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.
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And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."
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When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.
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Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
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Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter-- a thing that should not be done.
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But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
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Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
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You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it."
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Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.
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Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I'll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the girl as my wife."
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Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob's sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.
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They said to them, "We can't do such a thing; we can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.
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We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
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Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We'll settle among you and become one people with you.
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But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister and go."
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Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.
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The young man, who was the most honored of all his father's household, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob's daughter.
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So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to their fellow townsmen.
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"These men are friendly toward us," they said. "Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.
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But the men will consent to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.
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Won't their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us give our consent to them, and they will settle among us."
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All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.
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Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.
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They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem's house and left.
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The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.
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They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.
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They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
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Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed."
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But they replied, "Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?"

Genesis chapter 35

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Then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau."
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So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.
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Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone."
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So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.
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Then they set out, and the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.
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Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan.
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There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.
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Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel. So it was named Allon Bacuth.
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After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him.
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God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel.
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And God said to him, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.
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The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you."
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Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
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Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.
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Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.
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Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.
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And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son."
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As she breathed her last-- for she was dying-- she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.
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So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).
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Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb.
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Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder.
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While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Jacob had twelve sons:
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The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
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The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
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The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah: Dan and Naphtali.
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The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah: Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.
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Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.
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Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.
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Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Genesis chapter 36

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This is the account of Esau (that is, Edom).
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Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite--
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also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth.
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Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel,
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and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan.
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Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob.
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Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock.
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So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir.
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This is the account of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir.
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These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau's wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau's wife Basemath.
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The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.
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Esau's son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau's wife Adah.
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The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau's wife Basemath.
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The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jalam and Korah.
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These were the chiefs among Esau's descendants: The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz,
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Korah, Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah.
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The sons of Esau's son Reuel: Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau's wife Basemath.
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The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah: Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah.
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These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs.
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These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,
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Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs.
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The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan's sister.
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The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam.
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The sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon.
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The children of Anah: Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah.
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The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran.
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The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan.
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The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
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These were the Horite chiefs: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah,
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Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir.
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These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned:
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Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah.
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When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king.
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When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king.
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When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith.
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When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king.
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When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king.
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When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Acbor succeeded him as king.
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When Baal-Hanan son of Acbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab.
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These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth,
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Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon,
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Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,
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Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied. This was Esau the father of the Edomites.

Luke chapter 14

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One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
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There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
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Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
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But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
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Then he asked them, "If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?"
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And they had nothing to say.
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When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
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"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.
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If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.
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But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests.
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For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
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Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
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But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
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and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
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When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."
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Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
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At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
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"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'
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"Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'
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"Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
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"The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
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"'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
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"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.
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I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"
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Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
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"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-- yes, even his own life-- he cannot be my disciple.
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And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
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"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
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For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
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saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
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"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
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If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.
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In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
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"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
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It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
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