Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 As ther gadered together an innumerable multitude of people (in so moche that they trood one another) he began to saye vnto his disciples: Fyrst of all beware of the leve of the Pharises which is ypocrisy. Luke 12:2 For ther is no thinge covered that shall not be vncovered: nether hyd that shall not be knowen. Luke 12:3 For whatsoever ye have spoken in in darknes: that same shalbe hearde in light. And that which ye have spoken in the the eare eve in secret places shalbe preached even on the toppe of the housses. Luke 12:4 I saye vnto you my fredes: Be not afrayde of them that kyll the body and after that have no moare that they can do. Luke 12:5 But I will shewe you whom ye shall feare. Feare him which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell. Ye I saye vnto you him feare. Luke 12:6 Are not five sparowes bought for two farthinges? And yet not one of them is forgotten of God. Luke 12:7 Also even the very heres of youre heedes are nombred. Feare not therfore: ye are moare of value then many sparowes. Luke 12:8 I saye vnto you: Whosoever confesseth me before men eve him shall ye sonne of man confesse also before ye angels of God. Luke 12:9 And he that denyeth me before men: shalbe denyed before ye angels of God. Luke 12:10 And whosoever speaketh a worde agaynst ye sonne of ma it shalbe forgeven him. But vnto him yt blasphemeth the holy goost it shall not be forgeven. Luke 12:11 When they bringe you vnto the synagoges and vnto the rulers and officers take no thought how or what thinge ye shall answer or what ye shall speake. Luke 12:12 For the holy goost shall teache 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 One of the company sayde vnto hym: Master byd my brother devide the enheritauce with me. Luke 12:14 And he sayde vnto him: Man who made me a iudge or a devider over you? Luke 12:15 Wherfore he sayde vnto them: take hede and beware of covetousnes. For no mannes lyfe stondeth in the aboundaunce of the thinges which he possesseth. Luke 12:16 And he put forth a similitude vnto them sayinge: The groude of a certayne riche ma brought forth frutes plenteously Luke 12:17 and he thought in himsilfe sayinge: what shall I do? because I have noo roume where to bestowe my frutes? Luke 12:18 And he sayde: This will I do. I will destroye my barnes and bilde greater and therin will I gadder all my frutes and my goodes: Luke 12:19 and I will saye to my soule: Soule thou hast moch goodes layde vp in stoore for many yeares take thyne ease: eate drinke and be mery. Luke 12:20 But God sayde vnto him: Thou fole this night will they fetche awaye thy soule agayne from the. Then whose shall thoose thinges be which thou hast provyded? Luke 12:21 So is it with him that gadereth ryches and is not ryche in God.
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 And he spake vnto his disciples: Therfore I saye vnto you: take no thought for youre lyfe what ye shall eate nether for youre body what ye shall put on. Luke 12:23 The lyfe is moare then meate and the bodye is moare then rayment. Luke 12:24 Considre the ravens for they nether sowe nor repe which nether have stoorehousse ner barne and yet God fedeth them. How moche are ye better then the foules. Luke 12:25 Which of you with takynge thought can adde to his stature one cubit? Luke 12:26 Yf ye then be not able to do that thinge which is least: why take ye thought for the remmaunt? Luke 12:27 Considre the lylies how they growe: They laboure not: they spyn not: and yet I saye vnto you that Salomon in all this royalte was not clothed lyke to one of these. Luke 12:28 Yf the grasse which is todaye in the felde and tomorowe shalbe cast into the fornace God so clothe: how moche moore will he clothe you o ye endued wt litell faith? Luke 12:29 And axe not what ye shall eate or what ye shall drinke nether clyme ye vp an hye Luke 12:30 for all suche thinges the hethen people of the worlde seke for. Youre father knoweth that ye have nede of suche thinges.
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 Wherfore seke ye after the kyngedome of God and all these thinges shalbe ministred vnto you. Luke 12:32 Feare not litell floocke for it is youre fathers pleasure to geve you a kingdome.
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have and geve almes. And make you bagges which wexe not olde and treasure that fayleth not in heaven where noo these commeth nether moth corrupteth. Luke 12:34 For where youre treasure is there will youre hertes be also. Luke 12:35 Let youre loynes be gerdde about and youre lightes brennynge
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 and ye youre selves lyke vnto men that wayte for their master when he will returne fro a weddinge: that assone as he cometh and knocketh they maye ope vnto him. Luke 12:37 Happy are those servauntes which the Lorde when he cometh shall fynde wakynge. Verely I saye vnto you he will gerdde him selfe about and make them sit doune to meate and walke by and minister vnto them. Luke 12:38 And yf he come in the seconde watche ye if he come in the thyrde watche and shall fynde them soo happy are those servauntes. Luke 12:39 This vnderstonde that yf the good man of the housse knewe what houre ye these wolde come he wolde suerly watche: and not suffer his housse to be broken vp. Luke 12:40 Be ye prepared therfore: for the sonne of man will come at an houre when ye thinke not.
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 Then Peter sayde vnto him: Master tellest thou this similitude vnto vs or to all men? Luke 12:42 And the Lorde sayde: If there be any faith full servaut and wise whom his Lorde shall make ruler over his housholde to geve them their duetie of meate at due season: Luke 12:43 happy is that servaunt whom his master when he cometh shall finde soo doinge. Luke 12:44 Of a trueth I saye vnto you: that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. Luke 12:45 But and yf the evyll servaunt shall saye in his hert: My master wyll differre his cominge and shall beginne to smyte the servauntes and maydens and to eate and drinke and to be dronken: Luke 12:46 the Lorde of that servaunt will come in a daye when he thinketh not and at an houre when he is not ware and will devyde him and will geve him his rewarde with the vnbelevers. Luke 12:47 The servaut that knewe his masters will and prepared not him selfe nether dyd accordinge to his will shalbe bete with many strypes. Luke 12:48 But he that knewe not and yet dyd committe thinges worthy of strypes shalbe beaten with feawe strypes. For vnto whom moche is geven of him shalbe moche requyred. And to whom men moche commyt the moare of him will they axe.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 I am come to sende fyre on erth: and what is my dysyre but that it were all redy kyndled? Luke 12:50 Not with stondinge I must de baptised with a baptyme: and how am I payned till it be ended? Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to sende peace on erth? I tell you naye: but rather debate. Luke 12:52 For fro hence forthe ther shalbe five in one housse devided thre agaynst two and two agaynst thre. Luke 12:53 The father shalbe devided agaynst the sonne and the sonne agaynst the father. The mother agaynst the doughter and the doughter agaynst the mother. The motereleawe agaynst hir doughterelawe and the doughterelawe agaynst hir motherelawe.
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 Then sayde he to the people: when ye se a cloude ryse out of the west strayght waye ye saye: we shall have a shower and soo it is. Luke 12:55 And when ye se the south wynde blow ye saye: we shall have heet and it cometh to passe. Luke 12:56 Ypocrites ye can skyll of the fassion of the erth and of the skye: but what is ye cause that ye canot skyll of this time? Luke 12:57 Ye and why iudge ye not of youre selves what is righte?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 Whill thou goest with thyne adversary to the ruler: as thou arte in the waye geve diligence that thou mayst be delivered fro him least he bringe the to the iudge and the iudge delyver the to the iaylar and the iaylar cast the in to preson. Luke 12:59 I tell ye thou departest not thence tyll thou have made good ye vtmost myte.