Luke 12:1-31 Darby’s Translation

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 1  In those [times], the myriads of the crowd being gathered together, so that they trod one on another, he began to say to his disciples first, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy; 2  but there is nothing covered up which shall not be revealed, nor secret that shall not be known; 3  therefore whatever ye have said in the darkness shall be heard in the light, and what ye have spoken in the ear in chambers shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Whom to Fear

4  But I say to you, my friends, Fear not those who kill the body and after this have no more that they can do. 5  But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: Fear him who after he has killed has authority to cast into hell; yea, I say to you, Fear him. 6  Are not five sparrows sold for two assaria? and one of them is not forgotten before God. 7  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are better than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  But I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, the Son of man will confess him also before the angels of God; 9  but he that shall have denied me before men shall be denied before the angels of God; 10  and whoever shall say a word against the Son of man it shall be forgiven him; but to him that speaks injuriously against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven. 11  But when they bring you before the synagogues and rulers and the authorities, be not careful how or what ye shall answer, or what ye shall say; 12  for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the hour itself what should be said.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13  And a person said to him out of the crowd, Teacher, speak to my brother to divide the inheritance with me. 14  But he said to him, Man, who established me [as] a judge or a divider over you? 15  And he said to them, Take heed and keep yourselves from all covetousness, for [it is] not because a man is in abundance [that] his life is in his possessions. 16  And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The land of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. 17  And he reasoned within himself saying, What shall I do? for I have not [a place] where I shall lay up my fruits. 18  And he said, This will I do: I will take away my granaries and build greater, and there I will lay up all my produce and my good things; 19  and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much good things laid by for many years; repose thyself, eat, drink, be merry. 20  But God said to him, Fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; and whose shall be what thou hast prepared? 21  Thus is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Care and Anxiety

22  And he said to his disciples, For this cause I say unto you, Be not careful for life, what ye shall eat, nor for the body, what ye shall put on. 23  The life is more than food, and the body than raiment. 24  Consider the ravens, that they sow not nor reap; which have neither storehouse nor granary; and God feeds them. How much better are ye than the birds? 25  But which of you by being careful can add to his stature one cubit? 26  If therefore ye cannot [do] even what is least, why are ye careful about the rest? 27  Consider the lilies how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I say unto you, Not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these. 28  But if God thus clothe the grass, which to-day is in the field and to-morrow is cast into [the] oven, how much rather you, O ye of little faith? 29  And ye, seek not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, and be not in anxiety; 30  for all these things do the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that ye have need of these things; 31  but seek his kingdom, and [all] these things shall be added to you.

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