But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk.
The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.1 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
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"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.2
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But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.3 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
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"I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
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But I have a baptism4 to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!5
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Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.
They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."6
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He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does.7
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And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.