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1 At that time, when thousands of the people had come together, in such numbers that they were crushing one another, he said first to his disciples, Have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees, which is deceit. 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 But nothing is covered up, which will not come to light, or secret, which will not be made clear. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
3 So, whatever you have said in the dark, will come to men's hearing in the light, and what you have said secretly inside the house, will be made public from the house-tops. 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 And I say to you, my friends, Have no fear of those who may put the body to death, and are able to do no more than that. 4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
5 But I will make clear to you of whom you are to be in fear: of him who after death has power to send you to hell; yes, truly I say, Have fear of him. 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 Are not five sparrows given in exchange for two farthings? and God has every one of them in mind. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
7 But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Have no fear: you are of more value than a flock of sparrows. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
8 And I say to you that to everyone who gives witness to me before men, the Son of man will give witness before the angels of God. 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 anyone says before men that he has no knowledge of me, I will say that I have no knowledge of him before the angels of God. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.
10 And if anyone says a word against the Son of man, he will have forgiveness: but for him who says evil words against the Holy Spirit, there will be no forgiveness. 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 And when they take you before the Synagogues and the authorities and the rulers, take no thought about what answers you will give, or what you will 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 For the Holy Spirit will make clear to you in that very hour what to say. 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
13 And one of the people said to him, Master, give an order to my brother to make division of the heritage with me. 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14 But he said, Man, who made me a judge or a maker of decisions for you? 14 Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"
15 And he said to them, Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has. 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 And he said to them, in a story, The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile: 16 And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
17 And he said to himself, What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit. 17 He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
18 And he said, This I will do: I will take down my store-houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my 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 will say to my soul, Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy. 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, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together? 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 So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God. 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
22 And he said to his disciples, For this reason I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about what food you will take, or for your body, how it may be clothed. 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 Is not life more than food, and the body than its clothing? 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
24 Give thought to the ravens; they do not put seeds into the earth, or get together grain; they have no store-houses or buildings; and God gives them their food: of how much greater value are you than the 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 And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself any taller? 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?
26 If, then, you are not able to do even that which is least, why are you troubled about the rest? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 Give thought to the flowers: they do no work, they make no thread; and still I say to you, Even Solomon, in all his glory, was not clothed like one of these. 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 But if God gives such clothing to the grass in the field, which today is living, and tomorrow will be burned in the oven, how much more will he give clothing to you, O men of 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 And do not give overmuch thought to your food and drink, and let not your mind be full of doubts. 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
30 For the nations of the world go in search of all these things: but your Father has knowledge that you have need of them. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 But let your chief care be for his kingdom, and these other things will be given to you in addition. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 Have no fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
33 Give what property you have in exchange for money, and give the money to the poor; make for yourselves money-bags which will not get old, wealth stored up in heaven which will be yours for ever, where thieves will not come nor worms put it to destruction. 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 For where your wealth is, there will your heart be. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35 Be ready, dressed as for a journey, with your lights burning. 35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 And be like men who are looking for their lord, when he comes back from the bride-feast; so that when he comes to the door, it will be open to him quickly. 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 Happy are those servants who are watching when the lord comes; truly I say to you, he will make himself their servant and, placing them at the table, he will come out and give them food. 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 And if he comes in the second division of the night or in the third, and they are watching for him, happy are those servants. 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 But be certain of this, that if the master of the house had had knowledge of the time when the thief was coming, he would have been watching, and would not have let his house be broken into. 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 be ready: for the Son of man is coming at a time when you are not looking for him. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
41 And Peter said to him, Lord, are these words said to us only, or to all men? 41 Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?"
42 And the Lord said, Who then is the wise and responsible servant whom his lord will put in control of his family, to give them 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 Happy is that servant who, when his lord comes, is doing so. 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 Truly I say to you, he will put him in control of all his goods. 44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 But if that servant says to himself, My lord is a long time coming; and goes about giving blows to the men-servants and the women-servants, feasting and taking overmuch wine; 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 lord of that servant will come at a time when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not ready for him, and he will have him cut in two and will give him his part in the fate of those who have no faith; 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 And the servant who had knowledge of his lord's desires and was not ready for him and did not do as he was ordered, will be given a great number of 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 he who, without knowledge, did things for which punishment is given, will get only a small number of blows. The man to whom much is given, will have to give much; if much is given into his care, of him more will be requested. 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 send a fire on the earth, and it may even now have been lighted. 49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 But there is a baptism which I have to undergo; and how am I kept back till it is complete! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!
51 Is it your opinion that I have come to give peace on earth? I say to you, No, but division: 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
52 For from this time, a family of five in one house will be on opposite sides, 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 at war, the father against his son, and the son against his 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 he said to the people, When you see a cloud coming up in the west, straight away you say, There will be rain; and so it is. 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 you see a south wind blowing, you say, There will be heat; and so it is. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is.
56 O false ones! the face of the earth and the heaven is clear to you; how is it that the signs of these times are not as clear to you? 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 And why are you, in your hearts, unable to be judges of what is right? 57 "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
58 For if anyone has a cause at law against you, and you are going with him before the ruler, make an attempt, on the way, to come to an agreement with him, for if you do not, he may take you before the judge and the judge will give you up to the police, and they will put you in prison. 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 say to you, You will not come out of it till you have made payment to the very last farthing. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. "