Luke 12:32-59 New American Standard Bible

Treasure in Heaven

32  " Do not be afraid , little flock , for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom . 33  " Sell your possessions and give to charity ; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven , where no thief comes near nor moth destroys . 34  "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also .

Watchful Servants

35  " Be dressed in readiness , and keep your lamps lit . 36  "Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast , so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks . 37  "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes ; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38  " Whether he comes in the second watch , or even in the third , and finds them so , blessed are those slaves. 39  " But be sure of this , that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming , he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 40  " You too , be ready ; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect ."

The Unfaithful Servant

41  Peter said , "Lord , are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well ?" 42  And the Lord said , " Who then is the faithful and sensible steward , whom his master will put in charge of his servants , to give them their rations at the proper time ? 43  "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes . 44  "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions . 45  "But if that slave says in his heart , 'My master will be a long time in coming ,' and begins to beat the slaves e , both men and women , and to eat and drink and get drunk ; 46  the master of that slave 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 assign him a place with the unbelievers . 47  "And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will , will receive many lashes , 48  but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging , will receive but few . From everyone who has been given much , much will be required ; and to whom they entrusted much , of him they will ask all the more .

Jesus the Cause of Division

49  "I have come to cast fire upon the earth ; and how I wish it were already kindled ! 50  "But I have a baptism to undergo , and how distressed I am until it is accomplished ! 51  " Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth ? I tell you, no , but rather division ; 52  for from now on five members in one household will be 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 daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law ."

Discerning the Times

54  And He was also saying to the crowds , " When you see a cloud rising in the west , immediately you say , 'A shower is coming ,' and so it turns out. 55  "And when you see a south wind blowing , you say , 'It will be a hot day,' and it turns out that way. 56  "You hypocrites ! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky , but why do you not analyze this present time ?

Agree with Your Adversary

57  "And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right ? 58  "For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate , on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge , and the judge turn you over to the officer , and the officer throw you into prison . 59  "I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent ."

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