Luke 12:1-31 Bible in Basic English

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 1  At that time, when thousands of the people had come together, in such numbers that they were crushing one another, he said first to his disciples, Have nothing to do with the leaven of the Pharisees, which is deceit. 2  But nothing is covered up, which will not come to light, or secret, which will not be made clear. 3  So, whatever you have said in the dark, will come to men's hearing in the light, and what you have said secretly inside the house, will be made public from the house-tops.

Whom to Fear

4  And I say to you, my friends, Have no fear of those who may put the body to death, and are able to do no more than that. 5  But I will make clear to you of whom you are to be in fear: of him who after death has power to send you to hell; yes, truly I say, Have fear of him. 6  Are not five sparrows given in exchange for two farthings? and God has every one of them in mind. 7  But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Have no fear: you are of more value than a flock of sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  And I say to you that to everyone who gives witness to me before men, the Son of man will give witness before the angels of God. 9  But if anyone says before men that he has no knowledge of me, I will say that I have no knowledge of him before the angels of God. 10  And if anyone says a word against the Son of man, he will have forgiveness: but for him who says evil words against the Holy Spirit, there will be no forgiveness. 11  And when they take you before the Synagogues and the authorities and the rulers, take no thought about what answers you will give, or what you will say: 12  For the Holy Spirit will make clear to you in that very hour what to say.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13  And one of the people said to him, Master, give an order to my brother to make division of the heritage with me. 14  But he said, Man, who made me a judge or a maker of decisions for you? 15  And he said to them, Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has. 16  And he said to them, in a story, The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile: 17  And he said to himself, What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit. 18  And he said, This I will do: I will take down my store-houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my goods. 19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy. 20  But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together? 21  So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God.

Care and Anxiety

22  And he said to his disciples, For this reason I say to you, Take no thought for your life, about what food you will take, or for your body, how it may be clothed. 23  Is not life more than food, and the body than its clothing? 24  Give thought to the ravens; they do not put seeds into the earth, or get together grain; they have no store-houses or buildings; and God gives them their food: of how much greater value are you than the birds! 25  And which of you by taking thought is able to make himself any taller? 26  If, then, you are not able to do even that which is least, why are you troubled about the rest? 27  Give thought to the flowers: they do no work, they make no thread; and still I say to you, Even Solomon, in all his glory, was not clothed like one of these. 28  But if God gives such clothing to the grass in the field, which today is living, and tomorrow will be burned in the oven, how much more will he give clothing to you, O men of little faith? 29  And do not give overmuch thought to your food and drink, and let not your mind be full of doubts. 30  For the nations of the world go in search of all these things: but your Father has knowledge that you have need of them. 31  But let your chief care be for his kingdom, and these other things will be given to you in addition.

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