Luke 12:1-31 Revised Standard Version

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 1  In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2  Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3  Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

Whom to Fear

4  "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5  But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him! 6  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7  Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  "And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; 9  but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10  And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11  And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer 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  One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me." 14  But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?" 15  And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16  And he told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; 17  and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' 18  And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull 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 ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' 20  But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' 21  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Care and Anxiety

22  And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. 23  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25  And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? 26  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27  Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28  But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith! 29  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. 30  For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. 31  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well.

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