Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees1In the meantime awhen so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, b“Beware of cthe leaven of the Pharisees dwhich is hypocrisy. 2 eNothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in fprivate rooms shall be proclaimed on gthe housetops.
Have No Fear4“I tell you, my friends hdo not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him iwho, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. ▼
▼Greek GehennaYes, I tell you, fear him! 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? ▼
▼Greek two assaria; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)And lnot one of them is forgotten before God. 7Why meven the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; nyou are of more value than many sparrows.
Acknowledge Christ Before Men8“And I tell you oeveryone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge pbefore the angels of God, 9but qthe one who denies me before men rwill be denied sbefore the angels of God. 10And teveryone who speaks a word uagainst the Son of Man vwill be forgiven, but the one who wblasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 xAnd when they ybring you before the synagogues and zthe rulers and aathe authorities abdo not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 acfor the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
The Parable of the Rich Fool13 adSomeone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, ae“Man afwho made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, ag“Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16And he told them a parable, saying, ah“The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself ai‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my ajbarns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up akfor many years; relax aleat, drink, be merry.”’ 20But God said to him am‘Fool! anThis night aoyour soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared apwhose will they be?’ 21So is the one aqwho lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
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