Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 Amongst which things, when the ten thousands of the multitude were gathered together, so that they were treading one upon another, he began to be saying, unto his disciples, firstBe keeping yourselves free from the leaven of the Pharisees, the which is, hypocrisy. Luke 12:2 But, nothing, hath been, covered up, which shall not be uncovered, and hidden, which shall not be made known. Luke 12:3 Because, as many things as, in the darkness, ye have said, in the light, shall be heard; and, what to the ear ye spake, in the chambers, shall be proclaimed on the housetops. Luke 12:4 And I say unto you, my friendsDo not be put in fear of them who kill the body, and, after these things, have nothing more uncommon which they can do. Luke 12:5 But I will suggest to you, whom ye should fearFear him who, after killing, hath authority to cast into gehenna,Yea, I say unto youHim, fear ye. Luke 12:6 Are not, five sparrows, sold for two farthings? and, not one from among them, hath been forgotten before God. Luke 12:7 But, even the hairs of your head, have all been numbered: Be not afraid: many sparrows, ye excel. Luke 12:8 And I say unto youWhosoever shall confess me before men, even the Son of Man, will confess him, before the messengers of God; Luke 12:9 But, he who denied me before men, shall be denied before the messengers of God. Luke 12:10 And, whosoever shall say a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but, unto him who, against the Holy Spirit, speaketh profanely, it shall not be forgiven. Luke 12:11 But, whensoever they shall be bringing you in before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, do not be anxious how, [or what] ye shall answer, or what ye shall say; Luke 12:12 For, the Holy Spirit, shall teach you, in that very hour, what ye ought to say.
warneth the people to beware of covetousness, by the parable of the rich man who set up greater barns.
Luke 12:13 And one from amongst the multitude said unto himTeacher! bid my brother divide with me the inheritance. Luke 12:14 But, he, said unto himMan! who hath appointed me a judge or divider over you? Luke 12:15 And he said unto themMind and be guarding yourselves from all covetousness; for not, in one's abundance, doth his life spring out of his possessions. Luke 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, sayingA certain rich man's estate, bare well. Luke 12:17 And he began to deliberate within himself, sayingWhat shall I do? because I have not where I can gather my fruits. Luke 12:18 And he saidThis, will I do,I will pull down my barns, and, greater ones, build, and gather, there, all my wheat and good things; Luke 12:19 and will say to my soulSoul! thou hast many good things [lying by for many years: be taking thy rest, eat, drink,] be making merry! Luke 12:20 But God said unto himSimple one! on this very night, they are asking, thy soul, from thee; The things, then, which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be? Luke 12:21 [So, is he that is laying up treasure for himself, and is not rich, towards God.]
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciplesFor this cause, I say unto you,Be not anxious for the life, what ye shall eat, nor yet for [your] body, what ye shall put on; Luke 12:23 For, the life, is more, than the food, and, the body, than, the clothing. Luke 12:24 Consider well the ravensThat they sow nor, neither do they reap, which have neither chamber nor barn,and, God, feedeth, them! By how much do, ye, excel, the birds? Luke 12:25 And, who from among you, though anxious, can, unto his stature, add a cubit? Luke 12:26 If then, not even the least thing, ye can do, why, concerning the rest, are ye anxious? Luke 12:27 Consider well the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto youNot even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:28 But, if God thus adorneth, the grass, which is, in a field, today, and, tomorrow, into an oven, is cast, how much rather you, O little-of-faith? Luke 12:29 Ye, therefore, be not seeking what ye shall eat and what ye shall drink, and be not held in suspense; Luke 12:30 For, after all these things, do, the nations of the world, seek,but, your Father, knoweth that ye need these things.
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 Notwithstanding, be seeking his kingdom,and, these things, shall be added unto you. Luke 12:32 Be not afraid, the dear little flock! for your Father delighteth to give you, the kingdom.
Luke 12:33 Sell your possessions, and give alms, make for yourselves purses that wax not old,treasure unfailing, in the heavens, where, thief, doth not draw near, and, moth, doth not spoil. Luke 12:34 For, where your treasure is, there, will your heart he also. Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded, and your lamps burning,
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 And, ye yourselves, like unto men awaiting their own lord, once he may break up out of the marriage-feast,that, when he cometh and knocketh, straightway, they may open unto him. Luke 12:37 Happy those servants, whom the lord, when he cometh, shall find watching! Verily, I say unto youhe will gird himself, and make them recline, and, coming near, will minister unto them. Luke 12:38 And, if, in the second, or if, in the third, watch, he come and find, thus, happy, are, they! Luke 12:39 But, of this, be taking noteHad the householder known, in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not suffered his house, to be digged through. Luke 12:40 Ye, therefore, be getting ready, because, in what hour ye are not thinking, The Son of man cometh!
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 But Peter saidLord! unto us, this parable, speakest thou? or, even unto all? Luke 12:42 And the Lord saidWho then is the faithful steward, the prudent one, whom the lord will appoint over his body of attendants, to be giving, in due season, the measured allowance of wheat? Luke 12:43 Happy, that servant, whom the lord, when he cometh shall find doing, thus! Luke 12:44 Of a truth, I say unto youOver all his possessions, will he appoint him. Luke 12:45 But, if that servant should say in his heartMy lord delayeth to come! and should begin to be striking the youths and the maidens,to be eating also, and drinking, and making himself drunk, Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant, will have comeon a day when he is not expecting, and in an hour when he is not taking note,and will cut him asunder, and, his part, with the unfaithful, will appoint. Luke 12:47 And, that servant, who had come to know the will of his lord, and neither prepared, nor wrought unto his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; Luke 12:48 Whereas, he who had not come to know, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And, every one to whom was given much, much, shall be sought from him; and, he to whom they committed much, for more than common, will they ask him.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 Fire, came I to cast upon the earth,and what can I wish, if, already, it hath been, kindled? Luke 12:50 But, an immersion, have I, to be immersed with, and how am I distressed, until it be ended! Luke 12:51 Suppose ye, that, peace, I am come to give in the earth? Nay, I tell you, but rather division. Luke 12:52 For there shall be, henceforth, five in one house, divided,three against two, and two against three: Luke 12:53 There shall be dividedFather against son, and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against the mother,mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law.
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 And he went on to say, even unto the multitudes,Whensoever ye see a cloud springing up from the west, straightway, ye are sayingA thunderstorm is coming! and it happeneth thus. Luke 12:55 And, whensoever a south wind, blowing, ye sayA scorching heat, will there be! and it cometh to pass. Luke 12:56 Hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven, ye know how to scan; but, this season, how know ye not to scan; Luke 12:57 Why, moreover, even from yourselves, judge ye not what is just?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 For, as thou art going along with thine adversary unto a ruler, on the way, take pains to get a release from him; lest once he drag thee along unto the judge, and, the judge, deliver thee up to the punisher,and, the punisher, cast thee into prison: Luke 12:59 I tell theeIn nowise shalt thou come out from thence, until, even the last fraction, thou pay!