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.”
Do Not Be Anxious22And he said to his disciples, ar“Therefore I tell you asdo not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 atConsider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. auOf how much more value are you than the birds! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his avspan of life? ▼
▼Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin ▼
▼Some manuscripts Consider the lilies; they neither spin nor weaveyet I tell you ayeven Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you azO you of little faith! 29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor babe worried. 30For bball the nations of the world seek after these things, and bcyour Father knows that you need them. 31Instead bdseek behis ▼
▼Some manuscripts God’skingdom bgand these things will be added to you. 32 bh“Fear not, little biflock, for bjit is your Father’s good pleasure to give you bkthe kingdom. 33 blSell your possessions, and bmgive to the needy. bnProvide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with boa treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 bpFor where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
You Must Be Ready35 bq“Stay dressed for action ▼
▼Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11and bskeep your lamps burning, 36and be like men who are btwaiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and buknocks. 37 bvBlessed are those servants ▼
▼Greek bondservantswhom the master finds bxawake when he comes. Truly, I say to you byhe will dress himself for service and bzhave them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 caBut know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour cbthe thief was coming, he ▼
▼Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake andwould not have left his house to be broken into. 40You also must be cdready, for cethe Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 41Peter said, “Lord cfare you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42And the Lord said, “Who then is cgthe faithful and chwise cimanager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 cjBlessed is that servant ▼
▼Greek bondservant; also verses 45, 46, 47whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44Truly, I say to you clhe will set him over all his possessions. 45But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master cmis delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and cnget drunk, 46the master of that servant will come coon a day when he does not expect him and cpat an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 cqAnd that servant who crknew his master’s will but csdid not get ready ctor act according to his will, will receive a cusevere beating. 48 cvBut the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating cwwill receive a light beating. cxEveryone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Not Peace, but Division49 cy“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 czI have a baptism to be baptized with, and how dagreat is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 dbDo you think that I have come to give peace on earth? dcNo, I tell you, but rather division. 52For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53They will be divided, ddfather against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Interpreting the Time54He also said to the crowds, de“When you see dfa cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55And dgwhen you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be dhscorching heat,’ and it happens. 56You hypocrites! diYou know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Settle with Your Accuser57“And why djdo you not judge dkfor yourselves what is right? 58 dlAs you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59I tell you, dmyou will never get out until you have paid the very last dnpenny.” ▼
▼Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
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