Warning to beware of the Pharisees' hypocrisy and concerning the denial of the Man-Savior
, when the myriads of the crowd were gathered together so that they trampled on one another, He began to say to His disciples first, Beware of the aleaven
of the Pharisees, which is bhypocrisy
But there is nothing acovered
up which will not be revealed, and bhidden
which will not be known.
Therefore what you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in the private rooms will be proclaimed on the ahousetops
And I say to you My afriends
, Do not bfear
those who kill the body and afterward have nothing more that they can do.
But I will 1show
you whom you should fear: fear 2Him
who, after killing, has authority to acast
; yes, I tell you, fear this One.
Are not five sparrows sold for two 1assaria
? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
But even the ahairs
of your head have all been numbered. Do not be afraid; you are of bmore
value than many csparrows
Moreover, I tell you, Everyone who aconfesses 1in
Me before men, the bSon
of Man will also cconfess 2in
him before the dangels
But he who adenies
Me before men will be 1bdenied
before the angels of God.
And everyone who will say a word against the aSon
of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who 1blasphemes
against the bHoly
Spirit will not be forgiven.
And when they bring you before the asynagogues
and the brulers
and the authorities, do not be canxious
about how or what you should reply in defense, or what you should say;
For the Holy 1Spirit
will teach you in that hour what should be said.
Warning not to be covetous
And someone out of the crowd said to Him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.
But He said to him, Man, awho
appointed Me a judge or a divider over you?
And He said to them, aWatch
and guard yourself from all bcovetousness
, for no one's life is in the abundance of his possessions.
And He told them a parable, saying, The land of a certain arich
man brought forth abundantly.
And he reasoned in himself, saying, What shall I do, for I have no place
where I may gather my 1crops
And he said, I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will gather there all my wheat and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many ayears
; rest, beat
, drink, be merry.
But God said to him, aFoolish
one, this night 1they
are requiring your bsoul
from you; and the things which you have cprepared
will they be?
So is he who stores up atreasure
for himself and is not 1brich
He said to His disciples, Therefore I say to you, Do not be aanxious
for your 2life
, what you should eat; nor for your body, what you should put on;
For the life is more than food, and the body more
Consider the aravens
. They neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; yet God nourishes them. How much bmore
valuable are you than the birds!
And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his stature?
If then you cannot do even the least, why are you anxious about the rest?
Consider the lilies, how they grow; they do not toil nor even spin thread;
but I tell you, Not even aSolomon
in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
Now if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is here
today and tomorrow is cast into the furnace, how much more will He clothe
you, you of alittle
And you, do not seek what you shall eat and what you shall drink, and do not 1be aunsettled
For all these things the Gentiles of the world are anxiously seeking, but your Father knows that you aneed
However, seek His akingdom
, and these things shall be badded
Do not abe
afraid, little bflock
, because your Father has been cwell
pleased to give you the 1dkingdom
your possessions and bgive
alms; make for yourselves purses which do not become old, an unfailing 1treasure
in the heavens, where thief does not come near nor even moth corrupts;
For where your treasure is, there also your 1aheart
Teaching to be watchful and faithful
Let your loins be agirded
and your blamps
And you be like men waiting for their own master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that when he comes and aknocks
they may open to him immediately.
Blessed are those slaves whom the master, when he comes, will find awatching
. Truly I tell you that he will bgird
himself and will have them crecline at table,
and he will 1come
And if he comes in the second watch, or if in the third, and finds them
so, blessed are those slaves.
this, that if the amaster
of the house had 2known
in what hour the bthief
was coming, he 3would
not have allowed his house to be 4cbroken
You also, be aready
, because at an hour when you do not expect it,
the Son of Man is bcoming
And Peter said, Lord, are You saying this parable to us, or also to aall
And the Lord said, Who then is the afaithful and bprudent csteward
, whom the master will set over his service to give them
their portion of food at the proper time?
is that slave whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
Truly I tell you that he will aset
him over all his possessions.
But if that slave says in his heart, My master is adelaying his
coming, and begins to beat the male servants and the female servants and to eat and to drink and become bdrunk
The master of that slave will come on a aday
when he does not expect him
and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him asunder, and will appoint his portion with the unbelievers.
And that slave who knew his master's will and did not prepare or do according to his will, will receive many alashes
But he who did anot
know, yet did things worthy of stripes, will receive few lashes. But to every one to whom bmuch
has been given, much will be required from him; and to whom much has been 1committed
, they will ask of him all the more.
Longing to be released through His death
I have come to cast 1afire
on the earth, and 2how
I wish that it were already kindled!
But I have a 1baptism
to be baptized with, and how I am 2pressed
until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have acome
to give peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather 1bdivision
For from now on there will be five in one house divided, three against two and two against three.
They will be divided: father against son and ason
against father; mother against her daughter and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Teaching concerning the discernment of time
And He said also to the crowds, When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say that a ashower
is coming, and so it happens.
And when you see
wind blowing, you say that there will be scorching heat, and it happens.
, you know how to 2bdiscern
of the earth and of the sky. 4How
is it then that you do not know how
And why do you not ajudge
also of 1yourselves
what is right?
as you are going with your aopponent
at law to a magistrate, 2endeavor
to be released from him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge; and the judge will deliver you up to the officer, and the officer will throw you into prison.
I tell you, You shall by no means come out from there until you have paid the very last 1alepton