Luke 12:1-31 New King James Version

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2  For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3  Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Whom to Fear

4  "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! 6  Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9  But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10  And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. 11  Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should 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  Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14  But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" 15  And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." 16  Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17  And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' 18  So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19  And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry." ' 20  But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' 21  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Care and Anxiety

22  Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23  Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25  And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26  If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28  If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29  And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31  But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

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