And that slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not make preparations [i.e., for his master's return], or do what his master wanted, will be whipped with many lashes.
So, the person who knows the good [he ought] to be doing, but is not doing it, is sinning.
But I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be shown more leniency on the judgment day than you people will.
I tell you, the people of Sodom will be shown more leniency on that day [i.e., the day of judgment] than that town will receive.
Jesus said to them, "If you were [really] blind [i.e., unable to see spiritually], you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim, 'We can see [fine],' you remain guilty of sin."
The person who rejects me and does not accept my message has One who [will] judge him. The message that I have spoken will judge him on the last day [i.e., the judgment day].
They would not be guilty of sinning if I had not come and spoken to them. But now [that I have], they have no excuse for their sin.
Jesus answered him, "You would not have any authority over me unless it were given to you from above [i.e., from God]. So, the person who turned me over to you is guilty of a worse sin."
Now God made allowance for the times when people were still uninformed [about His complete will], but now [in the Gospel age] He requires all people everywhere to repent [i.e., change their hearts and lives].
For we [i.e., through our preaching] are like a fragrant incense which goes up to God, [and spreads the knowledge] of Christ among both saved and lost people.