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47 If your eye causes you to ·sin [lose faith; stumble], take it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into ·hell [Gehenna; v. 43]. 48 In hell the worm does not die; the fire is never put out. 49 Every person will be salted with fire. [C The meaning of this proverb is uncertain; it may mean that the testing of believers purifies (fire) and preserves (salt); or it may refer to believers as God’s covenant people, since salt and fire were part of the OT sacrificial system; see Lev. 2:3; Num. 18:9.]

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47 And if your eye causes you to stumble,(A) pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,(B) 48 where

“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
    and the fire is not quenched.’[a](C)

49 Everyone will be salted(D) with fire.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24

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