Luke 12:32-59 American Standard Version

Treasure in Heaven

32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33  Sell that which ye have, and give alms; make for yourselves purses which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief draweth near, neither moth destroyeth. 34  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Watchful Servants

35  Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; 36  and be ye yourselves like unto men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he cometh and knocketh, they may straightway open unto him. 37  Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and shall come and serve them. 38  And if he shall come in the second watch, and if in the third, and find [them] so blessed are those [servants]. 39  But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not have left his house to be broken through. 40  Be ye also ready: for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

The Unfaithful Servant

41  And Peter said, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even unto all? 42  And the Lord said, Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall set over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44  Of a truth I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. 45  But if that servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46  the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful. 47  And that servant, who knew his lord's will, and made not ready, nor did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes]; 48  but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more.

Jesus the Cause of Division

49  I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled? 50  But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51  Think ye that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52  for there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53  They shall be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother in law against her daughter in law, and daughter in law against her mother in law.

Discerning the Times

54  And he said to the multitudes also, When ye see a cloud rising in the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it cometh to pass. 55  And when [ye see] a south wind blowing, ye say, There will be a scorching heat; and it cometh to pass. 56  Ye hypocrites, ye know how to interpret the face of the earth and the heaven; but how is it that ye know not how to interpret this time?

Agree with Your Adversary

57  And why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 58  For as thou art going with thine adversary before the magistrate, on the way give diligence to be quit of him; lest haply he drag thee unto the judge, and the judge shall deliver thee to the officer, and the officer shall cast thee into prison. 59  I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the very last mite.

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