Parallel Bible results for Luke 12:21-41

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Luke 12:21-41

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?”

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