And I say unto you, That
many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit
down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in
the kingdom of heaven. ... But the children
of the kingdom shall be cast
out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
But many [that are
] first shall be last; and the last [shall be
So the last
shall be first, and the first last: for
many be called, but few chosen.
Whether of them twain did
the will of [his
] father? They say unto him, The first
. Jesus saith unto them, Verily
I say unto you, That the publicans
and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
And all the people that heard [him
], and the publicans, justified
baptized with the baptism of John. ... But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel
of God against
themselves, being not baptized of him.
And Jesus answering
said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master
, say on. ... Wherefore I say unto thee, Her
are many, are forgiven; for she
loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, [the same
] loveth little.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
The Pharisee stood
and prayed thus with himself, God
, I thank thee, that I am not as
other men [are
], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. ... I tell you, this man went
down to his house justified
] than the other: for every
one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed
bold, and said, It was
necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing
ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn
to the Gentiles. ... And when the Gentiles heard this, they
were glad, and glorified
the word of the Lord: and as
many as were ordained
to eternal life believed.
we say then? That the Gentiles
, which followed
not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness
which is of faith. ... As it is written, Behold
, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed