A Warning against Hypocrisy
12 1 Under these circumstances , after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another , He began saying to His disciples first of all, " Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy . . 2 " But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed , and hidden that will not be known . 3 "Accordingly , whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light , and what you have whispered e e in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops .
Whom to Fear
4 "I say to you, My friends , do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no e more that they can do . 5 "But I will warn you whom to fear : fear the One who, after He has killed , has authority to cast into hell ; yes , I tell you, fear Him! 6 "Are not five sparrows sold for two cents ? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God . 7 " Indeed e , the very hairs of your head are all numbered . Do not fear ; you are more valuable than many sparrows .
Confessing Christ before Men
8 "And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men , the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God ; 9 but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God . 10 " And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man , it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit , it will not be forgiven him. 11 "When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities , do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense , or what you are to say ; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say ."
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher , tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me." 14 But He said to him, " Man , who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15 Then He said to them, " Beware , and be on your guard against every form of greed ; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions ." 16 And He told them a parable , saying , "The land of a rich man was very productive . 17 "And he began reasoning to himself , saying , 'What shall I do , since I have no place to store my crops ?' 18 "Then he said , 'This is what I will do : I will tear down my barns and build larger ones , and there I will store all my grain and my goods . 19 'And I will say to my soul , "Soul , you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease , eat , drink and be merry ."' 20 "But God said to him, ' You fool ! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared ?' 21 "So is the man who stores up treasure for himself , and is not rich toward God ."
Care and Anxiety
22 And He said to His disciples , " For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life , as to what you will eat ; nor for your body , as to what you will put on. 23 "For life is more than food , and the body more than clothing . 24 "Consider the ravens , for they neither sow nor reap ; they have no storeroom nor barn , and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds ! 25 "And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span ? 26 "If then you cannot e do even a very little thing , why do you worry about other matters ? 27 "Consider the lilies , how they grow : they neither toil nor spin ; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these . 28 "But if God so clothes the grass in the field , which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace , how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith ! 29 "And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink , and do not keep worrying . 30 "For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek ; but your Father knows that you need these things . 31 "But seek His kingdom , and these things will be added to you.