No foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord
should say,
“The Lord will exclude me from his people,”(A)
and the eunuch should not say,
“Look, I am a dried-up tree.”(B)

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As for the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to become his servants—
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold firmly to my covenant—

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“Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like little children,(A) you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.(B)

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15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one convert,(A) and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a child of hell as you are!

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When they had been sent on their way by the church,(A) they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the brothers and sisters.

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27 For the hearts of these people
have grown callous,
their ears are hard of hearing,
and they have shut their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their heart
and turn,
and I would heal them.[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. 28:26–27 Is 6:9–10

Greet also the church that meets in their home.(A) Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert[a](B) to Christ from Asia.[b](C)

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Footnotes

  1. 16:5 Lit the firstfruits
  2. 16:5 Other mss read Achaia

He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and incur the same condemnation as the devil.(A)

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