Luke 12:32-59 English 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 your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34   For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Watchful Servants

35   "Stay dressed for action[1] and keep your lamps burning, 36  and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37   Blessed are those servants[2] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38  If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39   But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[3] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40  You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

The Unfaithful Servant

41  Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?" 42  And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43   Blessed is that servant[4] whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44  Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45  But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46  the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47   And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48   But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Jesus the Cause of Division

49   "I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50   I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51   Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52  For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

Discerning the Times

54  He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, 'A shower is coming.' And so it happens. 55  And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching heat,' and it happens. 56  You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Agree with Your Adversary

57  "And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58   As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59  I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny."[5]


[1] 12:35 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11

[2] 12:37 Greek bondservants

[3] 12:39 Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake and

[4] 12:43 Greek bondservant; also verses 45, 46, 47

[5] 12:59 Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

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