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Luke 12 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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God Knows and Cares

(Mat 10:26, 27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:1 - Under these circumstances, after [fn]so many thousands of [fn]people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the [fn]leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:2 - “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:3 - “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have [fn]whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.
(Mat 10:8–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:4 - “Now I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:5 - “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed someone, has the power to throw that person into [fn]hell; yes, I tell you, fear [fn]Him!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:6 - “Are five sparrows not sold for two [fn]assaria? And yet not one of them has gone unnoticed in the sight of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:7 - “But even the hairs of your head are all counted. [fn]Do not fear; you are more valuable than a great number of sparrows.
(Mat 10:32, 33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:8 - “Now I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before people, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:9 - but the one who denies Me before people will be denied before the angels of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:10 - “And everyone who [fn]speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:11 - “Now when they bring you before the synagogues and the officials and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:12 - for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Greed Denounced

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:13 - Now someone [fn]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:14 - But He said to him, [fn]You there—who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over the two of you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:15 - But He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one is affluent does his life consist of his possessions.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:16 - And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:17 - “And he began thinking to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:18 - “And he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods there.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:19 - ‘And I will say to [fn]myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years to come; relax, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself!”’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:20 - “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night [fn]your soul is demanded of you; and as for all that you have prepared, who will own it now?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:21 - “Such is the one who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich in relation to God.”
(Mat 6:19–21, 25–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:22 - And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I tell you, [fn]do not worry about your [fn]life, as to what you are to eat; nor for your body, as to what you are to wear.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:23 - “For life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:24 - “Consider the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:25 - “And which of you by worrying can add a [fn]day to his [fn]life’s span?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:26 - “Therefore if you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about the other things?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:27 - “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither labor nor [fn]spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:28 - “Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You of little faith!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:29 - “And do not [fn]seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:30 - “For [fn]all these things are what the nations of the world [fn]eagerly seek; and your Father knows that you need these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:31 - “But [fn]seek His kingdom, and these things will be [fn]provided to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:32 - [fn]Do not be afraid, little flock, because your Father has chosen to give you the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:33 - “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor does a moth destroy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:34 - “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Be in Readiness

(Mat 24:42–51 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:35 - [fn]Be prepared, and keep your lamps lit.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:36 - “You are also to be like people who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door for him when he comes and knocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:37 - “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will [fn]prepare himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and he will come up and serve them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:38 - “Whether he comes in the [fn]second watch, or even in the [fn]third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:39 - “But [fn]be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:40 - “You too, be ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not think He will.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:41 - Peter said, “Lord, are You telling this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:42 - And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:43 - “Blessed is that slave whom his [fn]master finds so doing when he comes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:44 - “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:45 - “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will take a long time to come,’ and he begins to beat the other slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:46 - then the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know, and will [fn]cut him in two, and assign [fn]him a place with the unbelievers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:47 - “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accordance with his will, will receive many blows,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:48 - but the one who did not know it, and committed acts deserving of [fn]a beating, will receive only a few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Christ Divides People

(Mat 10:34–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:49 - “I [fn]have come to cast fire upon the earth; and [fn]how I wish it were already kindled!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:50 - “But I have a baptism [fn]to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:51 - “Do you think that I came to provide peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division;
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:52 - for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:53 - “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
(Mat 16:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:54 - And He was also saying to the crowds, “Whenever you see a cloud rising [fn]in the west, you immediately say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:55 - “And whenever you feel a [fn]south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:56 - “You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you do not know how to analyze this present time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:57 - “And why do you not even judge by yourselves what is right?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:58 - “For when you are going with your accuser to appear before the magistrate, on the way, make an effort to [fn]settle with him, so that he does not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:59 - “I tell you, you will not get out of there until you have paid up [fn]the very last [fn]lepton.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit myriads
Lit the crowd
I.e., fermented dough
Lit spoken to the ear
Gr Gehenna
Lit this one
A Roman copper coin (singular assarion), about 1/16 of a laborer’s daily wage
Or Stop being afraid
Lit will speak
Lit from
Lit Man, who
Lit my soul, “Soul, you have...”
Lit they are demanding your soul from you
Or stop being worried
Lit soul
Lit cubit (about 18 in. or 45 cm)
Or height
I.e., spin thread for cloth
Or keep seeking
Or these things all the nations of the world
Or wish for
Or continually seek
Or added to
Or Stop being afraid
Lit Have your waist belted
Lit belt himself up
I.e., 9 p.m. to midnight
I.e., midnight to 3 a.m.
Lit know
Or lord
Possibly referring to other extreme punishment
Lit his part with
Lit blows
Or came
Lit what do I wish if...?
Lit with which to be baptized
I.e., from the Mediterranean
I.e., from the desert
Lit be rid of him
Lit even the last
The smallest Greek copper coin, about 1/128 of a laborer’s daily wage

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