24 ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a
slave above the master;
25 it is enough
for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the
master. If they have cal led the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more will they malign those of his household!
26 ‘So have
no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered,
and nothing secret that will not become known.
27 What I say
to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered,
proclaim from the housetops.
28 Do not fear
those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him
who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
29 Are not two
sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the
ground unperceived by your Father.
30 And even the
hairs of your head are all counted.
31 So do not be
afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge
before my Father in heaven;
33 but whoever
denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
34 ‘Do not
think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come
to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have
come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her
mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 and one’s
foes will be members of one’s own household.
37 Whoever loves
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves
son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
38 and whoever
does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Those who find
their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake
will find it.