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Luke 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warnings and Encouragements

(Mat 10:26, 27 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:1 - Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[fn] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:2 - There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:3 - What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
(Mat 10:8–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:4 - “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:5 - But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:6 - Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:7 - Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
(Mat 10:32, 33 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:8 - “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:9 - But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:10 - And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:11 - “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:12 - for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:13 - Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:14 - Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:15 - Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:16 - And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:17 - He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:18 - “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:19 - And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:20 - “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:21 - “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Do Not Worry

(Mat 6:19–21, 25–34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:22 - Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:23 - For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:24 - Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:25 - Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[fn]?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:26 - Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:27 - “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:28 - If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:29 - And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:30 - For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:31 - But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:32 - “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:33 - Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:34 - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


(Mat 24:42–51 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:35 - “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:36 - like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:37 - It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:38 - It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:39 - But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:40 - You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:41 - Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:42 - The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:43 - It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:44 - Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:45 - But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:46 - The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:47 - “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:48 - But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Not Peace but Division

(Mat 10:34–39 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:49 - “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:50 - But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:51 - Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:52 - From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, 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.”

Interpreting the Times

(Mat 16:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:54 - He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:55 - And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:56 - Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:57 - “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 12:58 - As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn 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 until you have paid the last penny.”
NIV Footnotes
Or speak to his disciples, saying: “First of all, be
Or single cubit to your height

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