Luke 12:42-48

42 And 1the Lord said, "2Who then is the faithful and sensible 3steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 "Blessed is that 4slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 "But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves *, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when 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's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will 5receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not 6know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. 7From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Luke 12:42-48 In-Context

40 "You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect."
41 Peter said, "Lord , are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?"
42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
44 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 "But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves , both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when 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's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
49 "I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 "But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

Cross References 7

  • 1. Luke 7:13
  • 2. Luke 12:42-46: {Matthew 24:45-51}
  • 3. Matthew 24:45; Luke 16:1f
  • 4. Luke 12:42
  • 5. Deuteronomy 25:2; James 4:17
  • 6. Leviticus 5:17; Numbers 15:29
  • 7. Matthew 13:12

Footnotes 4

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