Christ preacheth to his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and fearfulness in publishing his doctrine:
Luke 12:1 At which time the myriads of the multitude having been gathered together, so as to tread upon one another, he began to say unto his disciples, first, 'Take heed to yourselves of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy; Luke 12:2 and there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known; Luke 12:3 because whatever in the darkness ye said, in the light shall be heard: and what to the ear ye spake in the inner-chambers, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops. Luke 12:4 'And I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of those killing the body, and after these things are not having anything over to do; Luke 12:5 but I will show to you, whom ye may fear; Fear him who, after the killing, is having authority to cast to the gehenna; yes, I say to you, Fear ye Him. Luke 12:6 'Are not five sparrows sold for two assars? and one of them is not forgotten before God, Luke 12:7 but even the hairs of your head have been all numbered; therefore fear ye not, than many sparrows ye are of more value. Luke 12:8 'And I say to you, Every onewhoever may confess with me before men, the Son of Man also shall confess with him before the messengers of God, Luke 12:9 and he who hath denied me before men, shall be denied before the messengers of God, Luke 12:10 and every one whoever shall say a word to the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven to him, but to him who to the Holy Spirit did speak evil, it shall not be forgiven. Luke 12:11 'And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye may reply, or what ye may say, Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that hour what it behoveth [you] 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 a certain one said to him, out of the multitude, 'Teacher, say to my brother to divide with me the inheritance.' Luke 12:14 And he said to him, 'Man, who set me a judge or a divider over you?' Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, 'Observe, and beware of the covetousness, because not in the abundance of one's goods is his life.' Luke 12:16 And he spake a simile unto them, saying, 'Of a certain rich man the field brought forth well; Luke 12:17 and he was reasoning within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where I shall gather together my fruits? Luke 12:18 and he said, This I will do, I will take down my storehouses, and greater ones I will build, and I will gather together there all my products and my good things, Luke 12:19 and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years, be resting, eat, drink, be merry. Luke 12:20 'And God said to him, Unthinking one! this night thy soul they shall require from thee, and what things thou didst prepareto whom shall they be? Luke 12:21 so [is] he who is treasuring up to himself, and is not rich toward God.'
We must not be over careful of earthly things,
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, 'Because of this, to you I say, Be not anxious for your life, what ye may eat; nor for the body, what ye may put on; Luke 12:23 the life is more than the nourishment, and the body than the clothing. Luke 12:24 'Consider the ravens, that they sow not, nor reap, to which there is no barn nor storehouse, and God doth nourish them; how much better are ye than the fowls? Luke 12:25 and who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit? Luke 12:26 If, then, ye are not able for the leastwhy for the rest are ye anxious? Luke 12:27 'Consider the lilies, how do they grow? they labour not, nor do they spin, and I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these; Luke 12:28 and if the herbage in the field, that to-day is, and to-morrow into an oven is cast, God doth so clothe, how much more youye of little faith? Luke 12:29 'And yeseek not what ye may eat, or what ye may drink, and be not in suspense, Luke 12:30 for all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father hath known that ye have need of these things;
but seek the Kingdom of God,
Luke 12:31 but, seek ye the reign of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:32 'Fear not, little flock, because your Father did delight to give you the reign;
Luke 12:33 sell your goods, and give alms, make to yourselves bags that become not old, a treasure unfailing in the heavens, where thief doth not come near, nor moth destroy; Luke 12:34 for where your treasure is, there also your heart will be. Luke 12:35 'Let your loins be girded, and the lamps burning,
be ready at a knock to open to our Lord whensoever he cometh.
Luke 12:36 and ye like to men waiting for their lord, when he shall return out of the wedding feasts, that he having come and knocked, immediately they may open to him. Luke 12:37 'Happy those servants, whom the lord, having come, shall find watching; verily I say to you, that he will gird himself, and will cause them to recline (at meat), and having come near, will minister to them; Luke 12:38 and if he may come in the second watch, and in the third watch he may come, and may find [it] so, happy are those servants. Luke 12:39 'And this know, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief doth come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through; Luke 12:40 and ye, then, become ye ready, because at the hour ye think not, the Son of Man doth come.'
Christ's ministers are to see to their charge,
Luke 12:41 And Peter said to him, 'Sir, unto us this simile dost thou speak, or also unto all?' Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, 'Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the lord shall set over his household, to give in season the wheat measure? Luke 12:43 Happy that servant, whom his lord, having come, shall find doing so; Luke 12:44 truly I say to you, that over all his goods he will set him. Luke 12:45 'And if that servant may say in his heart, My lord doth delay to come, and may begin to beat the men-servants and the maid-servants, to eat also, and to drink, and to be drunken; Luke 12:46 the lord of that servant will come in a day in which he doth not look for [him], and in an hour that he doth not know, and will cut him off, and his portion with the unfaithful he will appoint. Luke 12:47 'And that servant, who having known his lord's will, and not having prepared, nor having gone according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes, Luke 12:48 and he who, not having known, and having done things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few; and to every one to whom much was given, much shall be required from him; and to whom they did commit much, more abundantly they will ask of him.
and look for persecution.
Luke 12:49 'Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled? Luke 12:50 but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed! Luke 12:51 'Think ye that peace I came to give in the earth? no, I say to you, but rather division; Luke 12:52 for there shall be henceforth five in one house dividedthree against two, and two against three; Luke 12:53 a father shall be divided against a son, and a son against a father, a mother against a daughter, and a daughter against a mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.'
The people must take this time of grace,
Luke 12:54 And he said also to the multitudes, 'When ye may see the cloud rising from the west, immediately ye say, A shower doth come, and it is so; Luke 12:55 and whena south wind blowing, ye say, that there will be heat, and it is; Luke 12:56 hypocrites! the face of the earth and of the heaven ye have known to make proof of, but this timehow do ye not make proof of [it]? Luke 12:57 'And why, also, of yourselves, judge ye not what is righteous?
because it is a fearful thing to die without reconciliation.
Luke 12:58 for, as thou art going away with thy opponent to the ruler, in the way give diligence to be released from him, lest he may drag thee unto the judge, and the judge may deliver thee to the officer, and the officer may cast thee into prison; Luke 12:59 I say to thee, thou mayest not come forth thence till even the last mite thou mayest give back.'