Chapter 12Luke

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1 In the mean time, when the myriads of the crowd were gathered, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his :disciples first, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 But nothing is covered up, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 3 Wherefore whatever things ye have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what ye have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers shall be proclaimed on the housetops. 4 And I say unto you my :friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and thereafter have no more they can do. 5 But I will warn you whom ye shall fear: Fear HIM, who after he hath killed hath authority to cast into geenna; yea, I say unto you, Fear HIM. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in :God’s sight. 7 But even the hairs of your :head are all numbered. Fear not: ye are of more value than many sparrows. 8 And I say unto you, Every one who shall confess [in] me before :men, [in] him shall the Son of :man also confess before the angels of :God: 9 but who hath denied me in :men’s presence shall be denied in the presence of the angels of :God. 10 And every one who shall speak a word against the Son of :man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the authorities, and the powers, be not anxious how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very :hour what ye must say. 13 And one out of the crowd said to him, Teacher, bid my :brother divide the inheritance with me. 14 But he said to him, Man, who made me judge or divider over you? 15 And he said unto them, See, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: because one’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to store my :fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my :barns, and build greater; and there will I store all the grain and my :goods. 19 And I will say to my :soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry. 20 But :God said to him, Foolish one, this :night they require thy soul of thee; and what things thou hast prepared, whose shall they be? 21 Thus who treasureth up for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his :disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for the soul, what ye shall eat; nor yet for your :body, what ye shall put on. 23 For the soul is more than the food, and the body than the raiment. 24 Consider the ravens, that they sow not, neither reap; which have no store chamber nor barn; and :God feedeth them: of how much more value are ye than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his life? 26 If then ye cannot do even what is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Not even Solomon in all his :glory was arrayed like one of these. 28 But if :God doth so clothe the grass in the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, ye of little faith? 29 And seek not YE what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be of doubtful mind. 30 For all these do the nations of the world seek after: but your :Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 Yet seek his :kingdom, and these shall be added to you. 32 Fear not, little :flock; for it is your :Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell the things ye have, and give alms; make for yourselves purses which wax not old, unfailing treasure in the heavens, where no thief draweth near, neither moth destroyeth. 34 For where your :treasure is, there will your :heart be also. 35 Let your :loins be girded about, and the lamps burning; 36 and be YE like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage †feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open to him. 37 Blessed are those :bondmen, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: Amen I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and shall come and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find them so, blessed are those. 39 But know this, that if the house-master had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his :house to be dug through. 40 Be YE also ready: for in an hour ye think not the Son of :man cometh. 41 And :Peter said, Lord, speakest thou this :parable unto us, or even unto all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful steward, the wise, whom the lord shall set over his :household, to :give them their portion of food in season? 43 Blessed that bondman, whom his :lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Truly I say unto you, that he will set him over all the things he hath. 45 But if that :bondman shall say in his :heart, My :lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 the lord of that :bondman shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall †cut him asunder, and appoint his :portion with the unfaithful. 47 And that :bondman, who knew the will of his :lord, and made not ready, nor did according to his :will, shall be beaten with many stripes; 48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. And to whomever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they committed much, of him will they ask the more. 49 A fire came I to cast upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled? 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51 Think ye that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 for from :now on five shall be in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53 They shall be divided, father 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. 54 And he said also to the crowds, When ye see a cloud rising in the west, straightway ye say [that] A shower cometh, and so it cometh to pass. 55 And when ye see a south wind blowing, ye say [that] There will be a scorching heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Hypocrites, ye know how to †interpret the face of the earth and the heaven; but how is it ye know not how to †interpret this :season? 57 And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is :right? 58 For as thou art going with thine :adversary before a ruler, on the way give diligence to be quit of him; lest haply he drag thee unto the judge, and the judge shall deliver thee to the exactor, and the exactor shall cast thee into prison. 59 I tell thee, Thou shalt in nowise come out thence, till thou have paid the very last mite.

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