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Matthew 20:15-22 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business?[a] Are you jealous[b] because I’m generous?’[c]

16 “So the last will be first, and the first last.”[d]

The Third Prediction of His Death

17 While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the 12 disciples aside privately and said to them on the way: 18 “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death. 19 Then they will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged,[e] and crucified, and He will be resurrected[f] on the third day.”

Suffering and Service

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons approached Him with her sons. She knelt down to ask Him for something. 21 “What do you want?” He asked her.

“Promise,”[g] she said to Him, “that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and the other on Your left, in Your kingdom.”

22 But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup[h] that I am about to drink?”[i]

“We are able,” they said to Him.


  1. Matthew 20:15 Lit with what is mine
  2. Matthew 20:15 Lit Is your eye evil; an idiom for jealousy or stinginess
  3. Matthew 20:15 Lit good
  4. Matthew 20:16 Other mss add For many are called, but few are chosen.”
  5. Matthew 20:19 Or scourged
  6. Matthew 20:19 Other mss read will rise again
  7. Matthew 20:21 Lit Say
  8. Matthew 20:22 Figurative language referring to His coming suffering; Mt 26:39; Jn 18:11
  9. Matthew 20:22 Other mss add and (or) to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

Mark 12:13-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God and Caesar

13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.[a] 14 When they came, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don’t show partiality[b] but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay, or should we not pay?”

But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 So they brought one. “Whose image and inscription is this?” He asked them.

“Caesar’s,” they said.

17 Then Jesus told them, “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.


  1. Mark 12:13 Lit trap Him in (a) word
  2. Mark 12:14 Lit don’t look on the face of men; that is, on the outward appearance

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