1Underthesecircumstances, after aso manythousands of bpeople had gatheredtogether that they were stepping on oneanother, He begansaying to His disciplesfirst of all, "1Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,which is hypocrisy. .
2"2But there is nothingcovered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.3"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have cwhispered in the innerrooms will be proclaimed upon 3the housetops.4"I say to you, 4My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that havenomore that they can do.5"But I will dwarn you whom to fear: 5fear the One who, after He has killed, hasauthority to cast into e6hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!6"Are not 7fivesparrowssold for twofcents? Yet not one of them is forgottenbeforeGod.7"8Indeed , the veryhairs of your head are allnumbered. Do not fear; you are morevaluable than manysparrows.8"And I say to you, everyonewho9confesses Me beforemen, the Son of Man will confess him alsobefore the angels of God;9but 10he who denies Me beforemen will be denied11before the angels of God.10"12And everyonewhogspeaks a wordagainst the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemesagainst the HolySpirit, it will not be forgiven him.11"When they bring you before13the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not 14worry about howorwhat you are to speak in your defense, orwhat you are to say;12for 15the HolySpirit will teach you in that veryhourwhat you ought to say."
13Someonehin the crowdsaid to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."
But He said to him, "16Man, whoappointed Me a judgeorarbitratorover you?"15Then He said to them, "17Beware, and be on your guardagainsteveryform of greed; for not even whenonehas an abundance does his lifeconsist of his possessions."16
And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a richman was veryproductive.17"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I havenoplace to store my crops?'18"Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will teardown my barns and buildlargerones, and there I will storeall my grain and my goods.19'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, 18you havemanygoodslaid up for manyyears to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'20"But Godsaid to him, '19You fool! This very nighti20your soul is required of you; and 21now who will own what you have prepared?'21"So is the man who 22stores up treasure for himself, and is not richtowardGod."22
And He said to His disciples, "23For thisreason I say to you, jdo not worryabout your klife, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.23"For life is more than food, and the bodymore than clothing.24"Consider the 24ravens, for they neithersownorreap; they have nostoreroomnor25barn, and yet Godfeeds them; howmuchmorevaluable you are than the birds!25"And which of you by worryingcanadd a single l26hour to his mlife'sspan?26"Ifthen you cannot do even a verylittlething, why do you worryaboutothermatters?27"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neithertoilnorspin; but I tell you, not even27Solomon in all his gloryclothed himself likeone of these.28"But ifGodsoclothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, howmuchmore will He clothe you? 28You men of littlefaith!29"And do not seekwhat you will eat and what you will drink, and do not 29keep worrying.30"For nallthesethings the nations of the worldeagerlyseek; but your Fatherknows that you needthesethings.31"But seek His kingdom, and 30thesethings will be added to you.32"31Do not be afraid, 32littleflock, for 33your Father has chosengladly to give you the kingdom.33"34Sell your possessions and give to charity; makeyourselvesmoneybelts which do not wear out, 35an unfailingtreasure in heaven, wherenothiefcomesnearnormothdestroys.34"For 36where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35"o37Be dressed in 38readiness, and keep your lampslit.36"Be likemen who are waiting for their masterwhen he returns from the weddingfeast, so that they may immediatelyopen the door to him when he comes and knocks.37"Blessed are thoseslaveswhom the master will find39on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that 40he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.38"41Whether he comes in the psecondwatch, oreven in the qthird, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.39"42But rbe sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at whathour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be s43broken into.40"44You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not texpect."41Petersaid, "Lord, are You addressingthisparable to us, or45to everyone else as well?"
And 46the Lordsaid, "47Whothen is the faithful and sensible48steward, whom his master will put in charge of his uservants, to give them their rations at the propertime?43"Blessed is that 49slavewhom his vmasterfindssodoing when he comes.44"Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.45"But if that slavesays in his heart, 'My masterwwill be a longtime in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves , both men and women, and to eat and drink and getdrunk;46the master of that slave will come on a daywhen he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.47"And that slave who knew his master'swill and did not getreadyoract in accord with his will, will50receivemanylashes,48but the one who did not 51know it, and committed deeds worthy of xa flogging, will receive but few. 52From everyonewho has been givenmuch, much will be required; and to whom they entrustedmuch, of him they will askall the more.
49"I yhave come to castfire upon the earth; and zhow I wish it were alreadykindled!50"But I have a 53baptism to aaundergo, and howdistressed I am until it is accomplished!51"54Do you suppose that I came to grantpeace on earth? I tell you, no, but ratherdivision;52for from now on five members in onehousehold will be divided, threeagainsttwo and twoagainstthree.53"They will be divided, 55fatheragainstson and sonagainstfather, motheragainstdaughter and daughteragainstmother, mother-in-lawagainstdaughter-in-law and daughter-in-lawagainstmother-in-law."54
And He was alsosaying to the crowds, "56When you see a cloudrising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out.55"And when you see a southwindblowing, you say, 'It will be a 57hot day,' and it turns out that way.56"You hypocrites! 58You knowhow to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but bbwhy do you not analyzethis present time?57"And 59why do you not even on your owninitiativejudgewhat is right?58"For 60while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to ccsettle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judgeturn you over to the officer, and the officerthrow you into prison.59"I say to you, you will not get out of thereuntil you have paid the verylastdd61cent."