Luke 12
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The Leaven of the Pharisees
(Matthew 16:5–12; Mark 8:14–21)

1In the meantime, myriads of the multitude having gathered together, So that they trode on one another, He began to speak to His disciples first; Take heed unto yourselves from the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2But there is nothing hidden, which shall not be revealed: and concealed, that shall not be made known. 3Therefore so many things as you spoke in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and whatsoever you spoke in the ear in the secret chambers shall be proclaimed upon the houses.

Fear God Alone
(Matthew 10:26–31)

4And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things, having nothing more to do. 5But I will show you whom you must fear: Fear him, who after he kills has power to cast into hell. Yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? and one of them is not forgotten before God. 7But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: ye are more important than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ
(Matthew 10:32–33)

8But I say unto you, that every one who may confess me before the people, the Son of man will also confess him before the angels of God. 9But the one denying me before the people will be denied before the angels of God. 10And every one who shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him having blasphemed against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven. 11But when they may carry you into the synagogues, and tribunals, and authorities; do not be solicitous as to what you may apologize, or what you may say: 12for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour the things which it behooveth you to speak.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13And a certain one from the multitude said to Him, Teacher, speak to my brother, to divide the inheritance with me. 14And He said to him; Man, who established me judge or a divider over you? 15And He said to them, See, and beware of all covetousness: because his life is not in that which aboundeth to any one, from those things belonging to him. 16He spake a parable to them, saying, The farm of a certain rich man was very productive: 17and he was reasoning in himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no place where I shall store my fruits? 18And he said, I will do this: I will take down my barns, and build greater, and there I will gather all my fruits and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry. 20But God said to him, Thou fool, this night they are demanding thy soul from thee; and to whom shall those things which thou hast prepared, belong? 21So is every one laying up treasure for himself, and not rich toward God.

Do Not Worry
(Matthew 6:25–34)

22And He spoke to His disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Be not solicitous for your soul, what you may eat; nor for your body, what you may put on. 23The soul is more than food, and the body more than raiment. 24Observe the ravens, because they neither sow nor reap; to which there is no storehouse nor barn, and God feeds them; are you not much better than the fowls? 25And which one of you being solicitous is able to add one moment to his existence? 26If then you are powerless in the smallest matter, why are you solicitous about other things? 27Observe the lilies, how they toil not, neither do they spin: and I say unto you, That Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these. 28And if God so clothes the verdure flourishing in the fields to-day, and to-morrow cast into the oven; how much more are you, O ye of little faith? 29And do not seek what you may eat, and what you may drink, and with what you are clothed; 30for the heathens of the world are seeking after all these things: but your Father knows that you have need of these things. 31Moreover seek His kingdom and these things shall be added unto you.

Treasures in Heaven
(Matthew 6:19–21)

32Fear not, little flock; because your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.

33Sell your possessions and give alms; make for yourselves purses that will not get old, and treasure in the heavens which can not be stolen, where the thief does not draw nigh, nor the moth corrupt. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be.

Readiness at Any Hour
(Matthew 24:36–51; Mark 13:32–37)

35Let your loins be girted, and your lamps burning; 36and be you like unto men waiting for their lord, when he may rise up from the marriage feast; in order that, coming and knocking, they may open unto him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants, whom the lord having come will find watching: truly I say unto you, that he will gird himself, and have them sit down, and having come will serve them. 38If at the second, and third, watch he may come, happy are ye.

39Know this, that if the landlord knew at what hour the thief cometh, he would not have permitted his house to be broken into. 40Be ye also ready: because at an hour you do not think the Son of man cometh.

41And Peter said to Him, Lord, do you speak this parable to us, or to all? 42The Lord said, Who then is the faithful, wise steward, whom the lord will establish over his house-hold, to give them their food in season? 43Happy is that servant, whom his lord having come shall thus find watching. 44Truly I say unto you, that he will establish him over all his possessions. 45But if that servant may say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming, and may begin to smite the servants and handmaidens, and to eat and drink, and be drunken; 46the lord of that servant will come in a day in which he does not expect, and in an hour in which he does not know, and will cut him off, and will appoint his part with the unbelievers. 47But that servant knowing the will of his lord, and not preparing or doing according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48But the one not knowing, and doing things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. But to every one to whom much is given, much will be required of him: and to whom they commit much, of him they will ask the more.

Not Peace but Division
(Micah 7:1–6; Matthew 10:34–39)

49I have come to send fire on the earth; and what do I will, if it is already kindled? 50And I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it may be perfected! 51Do you think that I have come to give peace on the earth? I say unto you, Nay, but division. 52For from now, there shall be five in one house divided, three shall be divided against two, and two against three: 53the father against the son, and the son against the father; and the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against the daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law.

Interpreting the Present Time
(Matthew 16:1–4; Mark 8:11–13)

54And he also spoke to the multitudes, When you may see a cloud rising from the west, you immediately say, that the rain cometh; and it is so: 55and when the south wind is blowing, you say, that it will be hot; and it is so. 56You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the earth and the firmament; and how do you not discern this time?

Reconciling with an Adversary
(Matthew 5:21–26)

57Why do you not judge righteous judgment, even with reference to yourselves? 58For as you go with your adversary to the ruler, give attention on the way that you be reconciled with him; lest he may deliver you to the judge, and the judge shall turn you over to the officer, and the officer will cast you into prison. 59I say unto you, You can by no means come out thence, till you have even paid the last mite.

The Godbey New Testament (1902)

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