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1 By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other's toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus' primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, "Watch yourselves carefully so you don't get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. 1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 You can't keep your true self hidden forever; before long you'll be exposed. You can't hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
3 You can't whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day's coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
4 "I'm speaking to you as dear friends. Don't be bluffed into silence or insincerity by the threats of religious bullies. True, they can kill you, but then what can they do? There's nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. 4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
5 Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life - body and soul - in his hands. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
6 "What's the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
7 And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail - even numbering the hairs on your head! So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
8 "Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God's angels. 8 "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.
9 But if you pretend you don't know me, do you think I'll defend you before God's angels? 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
10 "If you bad-mouth the Son of Man out of misunderstanding or ignorance, that can be overlooked. But if you're knowingly attacking God himself, taking aim at the Holy Spirit, that won't be overlooked. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 "When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don't worry about defending yourselves - what you'll say or how you'll say it. 11 "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
12 The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes." 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
13 Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance." 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14 He replied, "Mister, what makes you think it's any of my business to be a judge or mediator for you?" 14 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"
15 Speaking to the people, he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot." 15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16 Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. 16 And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
17 He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.' 17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
18 Then he said, 'Here's what I'll do: I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll gather in all my grain and goods, 18 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19 and I'll say to myself, Self, you've done well! You've got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!' 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
20 "Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods - who gets it?' 20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself ?'
21 "That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God." 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
22 He continued this subject with his disciples. "Don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. 22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
23 There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
24 Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
25 "Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
26 If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance - but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. 27 "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
28 If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
29 "What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
30 People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
33 "Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can't go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
34 It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 "Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! 35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 Be like house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
37 Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He'll put on an apron, sit them at the table, and serve them a meal, sharing his wedding feast with them. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
38 It doesn't matter what time of the night he arrives; they're awake - and so blessed! 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.
39 "You know that if the house owner had known what night the burglar was coming, he wouldn't have stayed out late and left the place unlocked. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
40 So don't you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don't expect him, the Son of Man will show up." 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
41 Peter said, "Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?" 41 Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"
42 The Master said, "Let me ask you: Who is the dependable manager, full of common sense, that the master puts in charge of his staff to feed them well and on time? 42 The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?
43 He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he's doing his job. 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 But if he says to himself, 'The master is certainly taking his time,' begins maltreating the servants and maids, throws parties for his friends, and gets drunk, 45 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.
46 the master will walk in when he least expects it, give him the thrashing of his life, and put him back in the kitchen peeling potatoes. 46 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. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 "The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. 47 "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.
48 But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he'll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities! 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. 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.
49 "I've come to start a fire on this earth - how I wish it were blazing right now! 49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 I've come to change everything, turn everything rightside up - how I long for it to be finished! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
51 Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt and confront! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
52 From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be - Three against two, and two against three; 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.
53 Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law." 53 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."
54 Then he turned to the crowd: "When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, 'Storm's coming' - and you're right. 54 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.
55 And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, 'This'll be a hot one' - and you're right. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.
56 Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don't tell me you can't tell a change in the season, the God-season we're in right now. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?
57 "You don't have to be a genius to understand these things. Just use your common sense, 57 "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
58 the kind you'd use if, while being taken to court, you decided to settle up with your accuser on the way, knowing that if the case went to the judge you'd probably go to jail 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
59 and pay every last penny of the fine. That's the kind of decision I'm asking you to make." 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. "