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."