Luke 12:1-31 American Standard Version

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 In the mean time, when the many thousands of the multitude were gathered together, insomuch that they trod one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2  But there is nothing covered up, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 3  Wherefore whatsoever ye have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what ye have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Whom to Fear

4  And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5  But I will warn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, who after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. 6  Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. 7  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  And I say unto you, Every one who shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9  but he that denieth me in the presence of men shall be denied in the presence of the angels of God. 10  And every one who shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven. 11  And when they bring you before the synagogues, and the rulers, and the authorities, be not anxious how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12  for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that very hour what ye ought to say.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13  And one out of the multitude said unto him, Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me. 14  But he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 15  And he said unto them, Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16  And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17  and he reasoned within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have not where to bestow my fruits? 18  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my grain and my goods. 19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, be merry. 20  But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be? 21  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Care and Anxiety

22  And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for [your] life, what ye shall eat; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. 23  For the life is more than the food, and the body than the raiment. 24  Consider the ravens, that they sow not, neither reap; which have no store-chamber nor barn; and God feedeth them: of how much more value are ye than the birds! 25  And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit unto the measure of his life? 26  If then ye are not able to do even that which is least, why are ye anxious concerning the rest? 27  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say unto you, Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28  But if God doth so clothe the grass in the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; how much more [shall he clothe] you, O ye of little faith? 29  And seek not ye what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: but your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31  Yet seek ye his kingdom, and these things shall be added unto you.

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