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1 So many thousands of people had gathered that they were stepping on each other. Jesus spoke first to his followers, saying, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, because they are hypocrites. 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 Everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an inner room will be shouted from the housetops. 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 tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of people who can kill the body but after that can do nothing more to hurt you. 4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
5 I will show you the one to fear. Fear the one who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, this is the one you should fear. 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 "Five sparrows are sold for only two pennies, and God does not forget any of them. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
7 But God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
8 "I tell you, all those who stand before others and say they believe in me, I, the Son of Man, will say before the angels of God that they belong to me. 8 "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.
9 But all who stand before others and say they do not believe in me, I will say before the angels of God that they do not belong to me. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
10 "Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 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 you are brought into the synagogues before the leaders and other powerful people, don't worry about how to defend yourself or what to say. 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 At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say." 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
13 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us." 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14 But Jesus said to him, "Who said I should judge or decide between you?" 14 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"
15 Then Jesus said to them, "Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns." 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 Jesus told this story: "There was a rich man who had some land, which grew a good crop. 16 And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
17 He thought to himself, 'What will I do? I have no place to keep all my crops.' 17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
18 Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and other 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 Then I can say to myself, "I have enough good things stored to last for many years. Rest, eat, drink, and enjoy 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 "But God said to him, 'Foolish man! Tonight your life will be taken from you. So who will get those things you have prepared for yourself?' 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 "This is how it will be for those who store up things for themselves and are not rich toward God." 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
22 Jesus said to his followers, "So I tell you, don't worry about the food you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. 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 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
24 Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest, they don't have storerooms or barns, but God feeds them. And you are worth much more than birds. 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 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
26 If you cannot do even the little things, then why worry about the big things? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 Consider how the lilies grow; they don't work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 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 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So how much more will God clothe you? Don't have so little faith! 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 Don't always think about what you will eat or what you will drink, and don't keep worrying. 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
30 All the people in the world are trying to get these things, and your Father knows you need them. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 But seek God's kingdom, and all the other things you need will be given to you. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 "Don't fear, little flock, because your Father wants to give you the kingdom. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Get for yourselves purses that will not wear out, the treasure in heaven that never runs out, where thieves can't steal and moths can't destroy. 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 Your heart will be where your treasure is. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 "Be dressed, ready for service, and have your lamps shining. 35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 Be like servants who are waiting for their master to come home from a wedding party. When he comes and knocks, the servants immediately open the door for him. 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 They will be blessed when their master comes home, because he sees that they were watching for him. I tell you the truth, the master will dress himself to serve and tell the servants to sit at the table, and he will serve 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 Those servants will be happy when he comes in and finds them still waiting, even if it is midnight or later. 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 "Remember this: If the owner of the house knew what time a thief was coming, he would not allow the thief to enter his house. 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 you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a time when you don't expect him!" 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, "Lord, did you tell this story to us or to all people?" 41 Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"
42 The Lord said, "Who is the wise and trusted servant that the master trusts to give the other servants their food at the right 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 When the master comes and finds the servant doing his work, the servant will be blessed. 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 I tell you the truth, the master will choose that servant to take care of everything he owns. 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 But suppose the servant thinks to himself, 'My master will not come back soon,' and he begins to beat the other servants, men and women, and to eat and drink and get 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 come when that servant is not ready and is not expecting him. Then the master will cut him in pieces and send him away to be with the others who don't obey. 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 but is not ready, or who does not do what the master wants, will be beaten with many blows! 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 the servant who does not know what his master wants and does things that should be punished will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded. And from the one trusted with much, much more will be expected. 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 came to set fire to the world, and I wish it were already burning! 49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 I have a baptismn to suffer through, and I feel very troubled until it is over. 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
51 Do you think I came to give peace to the earth? No, I tell you, I came to divide it. 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
52 From now on, a family with five people will be divided, 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 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." 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 Jesus said to the people, "When you see clouds coming up in the west, you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it happens. 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 When you feel the wind begin to blow from the south, you say, 'It will be a hot day,' and it happens. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.
56 Hypocrites! You know how to understand the appearance of the earth and sky. Why don't you understand what is happening 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 "Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right? 57 "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
58 If your enemy is taking you to court, try hard to settle it on the way. If you don't, your enemy might take you to the judge, and the judge might turn you over to the officer, and the officer might throw you into 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 I tell you, you will not get out of there until you have paid everything you owe." 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. "