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Luke 12:16-46

MSG 16 Then he told them this story: "The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. NIV 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. MSG 17 He talked to himself: 'What can I do? My barn isn't big enough for this harvest.' NIV 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ MSG 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, NIV 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 my surplus grain. MSG 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!' NIV 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ MSG 20 "Just then God showed up and said, 'Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods - who gets it?' NIV 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?’ MSG 21 "That's what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God." NIV 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. MSG 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. NIV 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! MSG 25 "Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? NIV 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? MSG 26 If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all? NIV 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? MSG 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. NIV 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. MSG 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? NIV 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—you of little faith! MSG 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. NIV 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. MSG 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. NIV 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. MSG 31 Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. NIV 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. MSG 32 Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. NIV 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. MSG 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. NIV 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. MSG 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. NIV 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. MSG 35 "Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! NIV 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, MSG 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. NIV 36 like servants 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. MSG 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. NIV 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. MSG 38 It doesn't matter what time of the night he arrives; they're awake - and so blessed! NIV 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 40 So don't you be slovenly and careless. Just when you don't expect him, the Son of Man will show up." NIV 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” MSG 41 Peter said, "Master, are you telling this story just for us? Or is it for everybody?" NIV 41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” MSG 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? NIV 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? MSG 43 He is a blessed man if when the master shows up he's doing his job. NIV 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. MSG 44 NIV 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. MSG 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, NIV 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. MSG 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. NIV 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.

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