Luke 12:32
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New International Version
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

New Living Translation
"So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

English Standard Version
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not fear, little flock, for your Father took delight to give you the kingdom.

New American Standard Bible
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

King James Bible
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.

International Standard Version
Stop being afraid, little flock, because your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

NET Bible
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Fear not, little flock, for your Father desires to give you The Kingdom.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be afraid, little flock. Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

New American Standard 1977
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

American King James Version
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

American Standard Version
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom.

Darby Bible Translation
Fear not, little flock, for it has been the good pleasure of your Father to give you the kingdom.

English Revised Version
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Weymouth New Testament
"Dismiss your fears, little flock: your Father finds a pleasure in giving you the Kingdom.

World English Bible
Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

Young's Literal Translation
'Fear not, little flock, because your Father did delight to give you the reign;
Study Bible
Do Not Worry
31But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added unto you. 32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.…
Cross References
Matthew 14:27
But Jesus immediately spoke up: "Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid."

Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

John 21:15
When they had finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," He answered, "You know I love You." Jesus replied, "Feed My lambs."

Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:29
I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Ephesians 1:5
He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Ephesians 1:9
And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ
Treasury of Scripture

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

little.

Songs 1:7,8 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, where you feed, where you make …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, …

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his …

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Matthew 18:12-14 How think you? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be …

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, …

John 10:26-30 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you…

it is.

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank you, O Father, …

Matthew 11:25-27 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

Ephesians 1:5-9 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ …

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Why also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy …

the kingdom.

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were …

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life …

Romans 8:28-32 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

Hebrews 12:28 Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the …

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

(32) Fear not, little flock.--The words continue to be spoken to the inner circle of the disciples. They are "the little flock" (the Greek has the article) to whom the Father was pleased to give the kingdom which is "righteousness and peace and joy." There is an implied recognition of the fact, that the "flock" had passed beyond the stage of seeking for the kingdom. In its essence it was theirs already.

It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.--Literally, Your Father was well-pleased to give. As resting upon an object, the Greek verb appears in Luke 3:22; Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:18; Matthew 17:5; Mark 1:11. As followed by a verb of action, it is used, in the New Testament, only by St. Luke and St. Paul, and so forms another link in the chain of coincidences connecting them. (Comp. Romans 15:26; Galatians 1:15; Colossians 1:19, and elsewhere.)

Verse 32. - Fear not, little flock. Another term of tender endearment addressed to his own who were grouped near him. In the earlier part of this discourse (vet. 4) he had called them "my friends." He had told them of the troublous life which awaited them, but at the same time wished to show them how dear they were to him. It was as though he said, "Endure the thought of these necessary trials for my sake; are you not my chosen friends, for whom so glorious a future, if ye endure to the end, is reserved?" Fear not little flock,.... these words are particularly directed to the immediate apostles and disciples of Christ; but are true of all the saints in all ages of time, who are compared to a "flock of sheep", being separated from the rest of the world in election, redemption, and the effectual calling, and being folded together in a Gospel church state; and also for their patience, meekness, humility, and harmlessness: these are a "little" flock; few in number, when compared with the wicked of the world; and mean and despicable in the account of men; and little in their own eyes: these are subject to many "fears"; some relate to their outward state, and condition, as that they shall want food and raiment, and not have the necessaries of life; which seems to be in the first place here intended, as appears from the context: and some regard their spiritual and eternal estate, as lest they should have no interest in the love of God, and in the covenant, in the blessings and promises of his grace; lest they should not belong to Christ; or the good work of grace should not be begun in them; or that they should not persevere to the end, and should at last miscarry of eternal life and happiness: and these fears arise from a body of sin, from the temptations of Satan, the hidings of God's face, and the prevalence of unbelief; for they have no true reason for them: God is on their side, and will not leave, nor forsake them, nor shall they want any good thing Christ is their shepherd, and he has bought them, with his own blood, and will lose none of them; and therefore they need not fear being taken care of both in soul and body, for time and eternity: and especially when what follows is considered,

for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom; not only the Gospel, and the knowledge of the mysteries of it; nor the Gospel church state, and a right to all its ordinances; nor only the kingdom of grace, which cannot be moved; but the kingdom of glory: and which is a gift unto them, not obtained by any deserts or works of theirs; nor is their right unto, and enjoyment of it depending upon any such thing: and it their Father's gift, who is so by adopting grace, and through Christ Jesus their Lord; and which he gives according to his sovereign will and pleasure, and with a good will, delighting in them, and rejoicing over them to do them good, both here and hereafter: so that they may depend upon every good thing needful for them both in this world, and in the world to come; nor should they indulge anxious cares, or slavish fears. 32. little flock, etc.—How sublime and touching a contrast between this tender and pitying appellation, "Little flock" (in the original a double diminutive, which in German can be expressed, but not in English)—and the "good pleasure" of the Father to give them the Kingdom; the one recalling the insignificance and helplessness of that then literal handful of disciples, the other holding up to their view the eternal love that encircled them, the everlasting arms that were underneath them, and the high inheritance awaiting them!—"the kingdom"; grand word; then why not "bread" (Lu 12:31 [Bengel]). Well might He say, "Fear not!"12:22-40 Christ largely insisted upon this caution not to give way to disquieting, perplexing cares, Mt 6:25-34. The arguments here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God, which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, so in our state, it is our wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill becomes the disciples of Christ. Fears must not prevail; when we frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come, and put ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it. If we value the beauty of holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of life. Let us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ is our Master, and we are his servants; not only working servants, but waiting servants. We must be as men that wait for their lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to receive him. In this Christ alluded to his own ascension to heaven, his coming to call his people to him by death, and his return to judge the world. We are uncertain as to the time of his coming to us, we should therefore be always ready. If men thus take care of their houses, let us be thus wise for our souls. Be ye therefore ready also; as ready as the good man of the house would be, if he knew at what hour the thief would come.
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