33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you[a]disputed among yourselves on the road?”34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be thegreatest. 35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; andwhoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
Jesus Forbids Sectarianism
38 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”
39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him,for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.40 Forhe who is not against[b]us is on[c]our side.41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
Jesus Warns of Offenses
42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me[d]to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.
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