Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 There were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, in so moch that they trode one another: Then beganne he, and sayde first vnto his disciples: Bewarre of the leuen of the Pharises, which is ypocrisye. Luke 12:2 But there is nothinge hyd, that shal not be discouered: nether secrete, that shal not be knowne. Luke 12:3 Therfore whatsoeuer ye haue spoke in darknesse, that same shal be herde in light: and that ye haue spoken in to the eare in the chabers, shalbe preached vpon the house toppes. Luke 12:4 But I saye vnto you my frendes: Be not afrayed of them that kyll the body, and after that haue nomore that they can do. Luke 12:5 But I wil shewe you, whom ye shal feare. Feare him, which after he hath kylled, hath power also to cast in to hell: Yee I saye vnto you: Feare him. Luke 12:6 Are not fyue sparowes bought for two farthinges? Yet is not one of them forgotten before God. Luke 12:7 The very hayres of youre heade also are nombred euery one. Feare not therfore, for ye are better then many sparowes. Luke 12:8 I saye vnto you: Who so euer knowlegeth me before men, him shal the sonne of ma also knowlege before the angels of God: Luke 12:9 But he that denyeth me before men, shalbe denyed before the angels of God. Luke 12:10 And who so euer speaketh a worde agaynst the sonne of man, it shalbe forgeuen him: But who so blasphemeth the holy goost, it shal not be forgeuen him. Luke 12:11 Whan they brynge you in to their synagoges, and to the rulers & officers, take ye no thought, how or what ye shal answere, or what ye shal speake: Luke 12:12 for the holy goost shal teach you in the same houre, what ye ought to saye.
warneth the people to beware of covetousness, by the parable of the rich man who set up greater barns.
Luke 12:13 But one of the people sayde vnto him: Master, byd my brother deuyde the enheritaunce with me. Luke 12:14 Neuertheles he sayde vnto him: Man, who hath set me to be a iudge or heretage parter ouer you? Luke 12:15 And he sayde vnto them: Take hede, and bewarre of couetousnesse, for no man lyueth therof, that he hath abundaunce of goodes. Luke 12:16 And he tolde them a symilitude, and sayde: There was a riche man, whose felde had brought forth frutes plenteously, Luke 12:17 and he thought in himself, and sayde: What shal I do? I haue nothinge wher in to gather my frutes. Luke 12:18 And he sayde: This wil I do, I wil breake downe my barnes, & buylde greater, and therin wil I gather all myne increace, & my goodes, Luke 12:19 & wil saye vnto my soule: Soule, thou hast moch goodes layed vp in stoare for many yeares, take now thine ease, eate, drinke, and be mery. Luke 12:20 But God sayde vnto him: Thou foole, this night shal they requyre thy soule from the, and whose shal it be that thou hast prepared? Luke 12:21 Thus goeth it with him yt gathereth treasure for himself, and is not riche in God.
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 But he sayde vnto his disciples: Therfore I saye vnto you: Take ye no thought for youre life, what ye shal eate: nether for youre body, what ye shal put on. Luke 12:23 The life is more then meate, and the body more then raymet. Luke 12:24 Consydre the rauens, they nether sowe ner reape, they haue also nether stoare house ner barne, and yet God fedeth them. But how moch better are ye then the foules? Luke 12:25 Which of you (though he toke thought therfore) coulde put one cubyte vnto his stature? Luke 12:26 Seinge then ye be not able to do that which is least, why take ye thought for the other? Luke 12:27 Considre the lilies vpo the felde, how they growe: they laboure not, they spynne not. But I saye vnto you: that euen Salomen in all his royalte was not clothed like one of these. Luke 12:28 Wherfore yf God so cloth the grasse, yt is to daye in ye felde, and tomorow shalbe cast in to the fornace, how moch more shal he clothe you, o ye of litle faith? Luke 12:29 Axe not ye therfore what ye shal eate, or what ye shal drynke, and clymme not vp an hye: Luke 12:30 The Heithen in the worlde seke after all soch thinges.
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 But seke ye the kyngdome of God, and all these shal be mynistred vnto you. Luke 12:32 Feare not thou litle flocke, for it is youre fathers pleasure to geue you the kyngdome.
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye haue, and geue almesse. Make you bagges, which waxe not olde: euen a treasure that neuer fayleth in heauen, where no thefe commeth, and no moth corruppeth: Luke 12:34 for where youre treasure is, there wil youre hert be also. Luke 12:35 Let youre loynes be gerded aboute, and youre lightes burnynge,
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 and be ye like vnto men that wayte for their lorde, agaynst he returne from the mariage, that whan he cometh & knocketh, they maye straight waye open vnto him. Luke 12:37 Blessed are those seruauntes, whom the LORDE (whan he cometh) shal fynde wakynge. Verely I saye vnto you: He shal gyrde vp him self, and make them syt downe at the table, and shal go by them, and mynister vnto them. Luke 12:38 And yf he come in the seconde watch, and in the thirde watch, and fynde them so, blessed are those seruauntes. Luke 12:39 But be sure of this, that yf the good man of the house knewe, what houre the thefe wolde come, he wolde surely watch, and not suffre his house to be broken vp. Luke 12:40 Therfore be ye ready also, for at an houre whan ye thynke not, shal the sonne of man come.
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 But Peter sayde vnto him: LORDE, tellest thou this symilitude vnto vs, or to all men also? Luke 12:42 The LORDE sayde: How greate a thinge is a faithfull and wyse stewarde, whom his lorde setteth ouer his houssholde, to geue the their dewtye in due season? Luke 12:43 Blessed is that seruaunt, whom his lorde (whan he cometh) shal fynde so doynge. Luke 12:44 Verely I saye vnto you: he shal set him ouer all his goodes. Luke 12:45 But yf the same seruaut shal saye in his hert: Tush, it wil be longe or my lorde come, and shal begynne to smyte ye seruauntes and maydens, yee & to eate and drynke,& to be dronke: Luke 12:46 the same seruauntes lorde shal come in a daye whan he loketh not for him, and in an houre that he is not aware of, & shal hew him in peces, and geue him his rewarde with the vnbeleuers. Luke 12:47 The seruaunt that knewe his lordes wil and prepared not himself, nether dyd acordinge to his will, shal be beaten with many strypes: Luke 12:48 But he that knewe it not, and yet dyd thinges worthy of strypes, shal be beaten with few strypes. For loke vnto whom moch is geuen, of him shal moch be sought: and loke to whom moch is commytted, of him shal moch be requyred.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 I am come to kyndle fyre vpo earth, and what wolde I rather, the that it were kyndled allready. Luke 12:50 Notwithstodinge I must first be baptised with a baptyme, and how am I payned tyll it be ended? Luke 12:51 Thynke ye, that I am come to brynge peace vpon earth? I tell you nay, but rather debate. Luke 12:52 For from hence forth there shal be at varyauce in one house: thre agaynst two, and two agaynst thre. Luke 12:53 The father shal be deuyded agaynst ye sonne, and the sonne agaynst the father: the mother agaynst the doughter, & the doughter agaynst the mother: the mother in lawe agaynst hir doughter in lawe, and ye doughter in lawe agaynst hir mother in lawe.
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 And he sayde vnto the people: Whan ye se a cloude ryse out of ye west, straight waye ye saye: there cometh a shower, and so it is: Luke 12:55 and whan ye se the southwynde blowe, ye saye: It wil be hote, and it commeth so to passe. Luke 12:56 O ye ypocrytes, ye can discerne the fashion of the skye and of the earth: Why can ye not discerne this tyme also? Luke 12:57 Yee and why iugde ye not of youre selues, what is right?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 Whyle thou goest with thine aduersary vnto the Prynce, geue diligece by the waye, that thou mayest be quyte of him, lest he brynge the before the iudge, and the iudge delyuer the to the iaylar, and the iaylar cast the in to preson. Luke 12:59 I tell the, thou shalt uot come out thence, tyll thou paye the vttemost myte.