Luke 12:1-31 World English Bible

A Warning against Hypocrisy

12 1  Meanwhile, when a multitude of many thousands had gathered together, so much so that they trampled on each other, he began to tell his disciples first of all, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2  But there is nothing covered up, that will not be revealed, nor hidden, that will not be known. 3  Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What you have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Whom to Fear

4  “I tell you, my friends, don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5  But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into Gehenna. [1] Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6  “Aren’t five sparrows sold for two assaria coins [2]? Not one of them is forgotten by God. 7  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

Confessing Christ before Men

8  “I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God; 9  but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God. 10  Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11  When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don’t be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say; 12  for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that same hour what you must say.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13  One of the multitude 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  He said to them, “Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.” 16  He spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly. 17  He reasoned within himself, saying, ‘What will I do, because I don’t have room to store my crops?’ 18  He said, ‘This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19  I will tell my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20  “But God said to him, ‘You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which 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  He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear. 23  Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24  Consider the ravens: they don’t sow, they don’t reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds! 25  Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? 26  If then you aren’t able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest? 27  Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28  But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith? 29  Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. 30  For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. 31  But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.


[1] 12:5 or, Hell

[2] 12:6 An assarion was a small copper coin worth about an hour’s wages for an agricultural laborer.

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