Luke 12
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A Warning against Hypocrisy

1Meanwhile, the peoplea had gathered by the thousands and were trampling on one another. Jesusb began to speak first to his disciples. “Watch out for the yeast—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees! 2There is nothing covered up that won’t be exposed and nothing secret that won’t be made known. 3Therefore, what you have said in darkness will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whisperedc in private rooms will be shouted from the housetops.”

Fear God

(Matthew 10:28-31)

4“But I tell you, my friends, never be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can’t do anything more. 5I’ll show you the one you should be afraid of. Be afraid of the one who has the authority to throw you into helld after killing you. Yes, I tell you, be afraid of him!

6“Five sparrows are sold for two pennies, aren’t they? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7Why, even all the hairs on your head have been counted! Stop being afraid. You are worth more than a bunch of sparrows.”

Acknowledging the Messiah

(Matthew 10:32-33; 12:32; 10:19-20)

8“But I tell you, the Son of Man will acknowledge before God’s angels everyone who acknowledges me before people. 9But whoever denies me before people will be denied before God’s angels. 10Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven. 11When peoplee bring you before synagogue leaders,f rulers, or authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourselves or whatg you will say, 12because at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you are to say.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13Then someone in the crowd told him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”

14But Jesush asked him, “Mister,i who appointed me to be a judge or arbitrator over you people?” 15Then he told them, “Be careful to guard yourselves against every kind of greed, because a person’s life doesn’t consist of the amount of possessions he has.”

16Then he told them a parable. He said, “The land of a certain rich man produced good crops. 17So he began to think to himself, ‘What should I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and I’ll store all my grain and goods in them. 19Then I’ll say to myself, “You’ve stored up plenty of good things for many years. Take it easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’ 20But God told him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you. Now who will get the things you’ve accumulated?’ 21That’s how it is with the person who stores up treasures for himself rather than with God.”

Stop Worrying

(Matthew 6:25-34, 19-21)

22Then Jesusj told his disciples, “That’s why I’m telling you to stop worrying about your life—what you will eat—or about your body—what you will wear, 23because life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the crows.k They don’t plant or harvest, they don’t even have a storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! 25Can any of you add an hour to the length of your lifel by worrying? 26So if you can’t do a small thing like that, why worry about other things? 27Consider how the lilies grow. They don’t work or spin yarn, but I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. 28Now if that’s the way God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and thrown into an oven tomorrow, how much more will he clothe you—you who have little faith?

29“So stop concerning yourselves about what you will eat or what you will drink, and stop being distressed, 30because it is the unbelieversm who are concerned about all these things. Surely your Father knows that you need them! 31Instead, be concerned about hisn kingdom, and these things will be provided for you as well. 32Stop being afraid, little flock, because your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

33“Sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor. Make yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a dependable treasure in heaven, where no thief can get close and no moth can destroy anything. 34Because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The Watchful Servants

(Matthew 24:45-51)

35“You must keep your belts fastened and your lamps burning. 36Be like people who are waiting for their master to return from a wedding. As soon as he arrives and knocks, they will open the door for him. 37How blessed are those servants whom the master finds watching for him when he comes! I tell all of youo with certainty, he himself will put on an apron, make them sit down at the table, and go around and serve them. 38How blessed they will be if their masterp comes in the middle of the night or near dawnq and finds them awake!r 39But be sure of this: if the homeowner had known at what time the thief were coming, he would have watched ands would not have let his house be broken into. 40So be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at a time when you don’t expect him.”

41Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable just for us or for everyone?”

42The Lord said, “Who, then, is the faithful and careful servant manager whom his master will put in charge of giving all his other servants their share of food at the right time? 43How blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing this when he comes! 44I tell you with certainty, he will put him in charge of all his property. 45But if that servant says to himself,t ‘My master is taking a long time to come back,’ and begins to beat the other servants and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 46the master of that servant will come on a day when he doesn’t expect him and at an hour that he doesn’t know. Then his masteru will punish him severelyv and assign him a place with unfaithful people. 47That servant who knew what his master wanted but didn’t prepare himself or do what was wanted will receive a severe beating. 48But the servantw who did things that deserved a beating without knowing it will receive a light beating. Much will be required from everyone to whom much has been given. But even more will be demanded from the one to whom much has been entrusted.”

Not Peace, but Division

(Matthew 10:34-36)

49“I’ve come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already ablaze! 50I have a baptism to be baptized with, and what stress I am under until it’s completed! 51Do you think that I came to bring peace on earth? Not at all, I tell you, but rather division! 52From now on, five people in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided father against son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Interpreting the Time

(Matthew 16:2-3; Mark 8:11-13)

54Then Jesusx told the crowds, “When you see a cloud coming in from the west, you immediately say, ‘There’s going to be a storm,’ and that’s what happens. 55When you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and so it is. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, yet you don’t know how to interpret the present time?”

Settling with Your Opponent

(Matthew 5:25-26)

57“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58For example, when you go with your opponent in front of a ruler, do your best to settle with him on the way there. Otherwise, you will be dragged in front of the judge, and the judge will hand you over to an officer, and the officer will throw you into prison. 59I tell you, you will never get out of there until you pay back the last penny!”

a 12:1 Lit. crowd
b 12:1 Lit. He
c 12:3 Lit. spoken in the ear
d 12:5 Lit. Gehenna; a transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom
e 12:11 Lit. they
f 12:11 Lit. synagogues
g 12:11 Lit. how or what
h 12:14 Lit. he
i 12:14 Lit. Man
j 12:22 Lit. he
k 12:24 Or ravens
l 12:25 Or add one cubit to your height; a cubit was about eighteen inches
m 12:30 Lit. gentiles ; i.e. unbelieving non-Jews
n 12:31 Other mss. read God’s
o 12:37 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
p 12:38 Lit. if he
q 12:38 Lit. in the second or the third watch
r 12:38 Lit. finds them so
s 12:39 Other mss. lack would have watched and
t 12:45 Lit. in his heart
u 12:46 Lit. he
v 12:46 Lit. cut him in pieces
w 12:48 Lit. the one
x 12:54 Lit. he

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