12 Meanwhile, 1 when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 2 began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 3 the yeast of the Pharisees, 4 which is hypocrisy. 5 2 Nothing is hidden 6 that will not be revealed, 7 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 3 So then 8 whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 9 in private rooms 10 will be proclaimed from the housetops. 11
4 “I 12 tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 13 and after that have nothing more they can do. 5 But I will warn 14 you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 15 has authority to throw you 16 into hell. 17 Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 18 Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; 19 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
8 “I 20 tell you, whoever acknowledges 21 me before men, 22 the Son of Man will also acknowledge 23 before God’s angels. 9 But the one who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 24 will not be forgiven. 25 11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 26 the 27 rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 28 or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 29 what you must say.” 30
13 Then 31 someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 32 my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But Jesus 33 said to him, “Man, 34 who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 35 15 Then 36 he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 37 all types of greed, 38 because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 He then 39 told them a parable: 40 “The land of a certain rich man produced 41 an abundant crop, 17 so 42 he thought to himself, 43 ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 44 18 Then 45 he said, ‘I 46 will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to myself, 47 “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 48 will be demanded back from 49 you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 50 21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 51 but is not rich toward God.”
22 Then 52 Jesus 53 said to his 54 disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 55 about your 56 life, what you will eat, or about your 57 body, what you will wear. 23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: 58 They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 59 them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying 60 can add an hour to his life? 61 26 So if 62 you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 63 the rest? 27 Consider how the flowers 64 grow; they do not work 65 or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 28 And if 66 this is how God clothes the wild grass, 67 which is here 68 today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 69 how much more 70 will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 29 So 71 do not be overly concerned about 72 what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 73 30 For all the nations of the world pursue 74 these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, pursue 75 his 76 kingdom, 77 and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 78 to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions 79 and give to the poor. 80 Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 81 that never decreases, 82 where no thief approaches and no moth 83 destroys. 34 For where your treasure 84 is, there your heart will be also.
35 “Get dressed for service 85 and keep your lamps burning; 86 36 be like people 87 waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 88 so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 Blessed are those slaves 89 whom their master finds alert 90 when he returns! I tell you the truth, 91 he will dress himself to serve, 92 have them take their place at the table, 93 and will come 94 and wait on them! 95 38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 96 and finds them alert, 97 blessed are those slaves! 98 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 99 was coming, he would not have let 100 his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 101
41 Then 102 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 103 42 The Lord replied, 104 “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 105 whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 106 to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that slave 107 whom his master finds at work 108 when he returns. 44 I tell you the truth, 109 the master 110 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if 111 that 112 slave should say to himself, 113 ‘My master is delayed 114 in returning,’ and he begins to beat 115 the other 116 slaves, both men and women, 117 and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 46 then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, 118 and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 119 47 That 120 servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 121 will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 122 and did things worthy of punishment 123 will receive a light beating. 124 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 125 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 126 even more will be asked. 127
49 “I have come 128 to bring 129 fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism 130 to undergo, 131 and how distressed I am until it is finished! 51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 132 52 For from now on 133 there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, 134 father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 Jesus 135 also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 136 you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 137 is coming,’ and it does. 55 And when you see the south wind 138 blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 56 You hypocrites! 139 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 140 to interpret the present time?
57 “And 141 why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 142 make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, 143 and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!” 144
13 Now 1 there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 2 He 3 answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 4 than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 5 you will all perish as well! 6 4 Or those eighteen who were killed 7 when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 8 do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 9 5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 10 you will all perish as well!” 11
6 Then 12 Jesus 13 told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 14 planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So 15 he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 16 three years 17 now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 18 I find none. Cut 19 it down! Why 20 should it continue to deplete 21 the soil?’ 8 But the worker 22 answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 23 on it. 9 Then if 24 it bears fruit next year, 25 very well, 26 but if 27 not, you can cut it down.’”
10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 28 on the Sabbath, 11 and a woman was there 29 who had been disabled by a spirit 30 for eighteen years. She 31 was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 32 12 When 33 Jesus saw her, he called her to him 34 and said, “Woman, 35 you are freed 36 from your infirmity.” 37 13 Then 38 he placed his hands on her, and immediately 39 she straightened up and praised God. 14 But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work 40 should be done! 41 So come 42 and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, 43 “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 44 and lead it to water? 45 16 Then 46 shouldn’t 47 this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 48 bound for eighteen long 49 years, be released from this imprisonment 50 on the Sabbath day?” 17 When 51 he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 52 but 53 the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 54 he was doing. 55
18 Thus Jesus 56 asked, 57 “What is the kingdom of God 58 like? 59 To 60 what should I compare it? 19 It is like a mustard seed 61 that a man took and sowed 62 in his garden. It 63 grew and became a tree, 64 and the wild birds 65 nested in its branches.” 66
20 Again 67 he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 68 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 69 three measures 70 of flour until all the dough had risen.” 71
22 Then 72 Jesus 73 traveled throughout 74 towns 75 and villages, teaching and making his way toward 76 Jerusalem. 77 23 Someone 78 asked 79 him, “Lord, will only a few 80 be saved?” So 81 he said to them, 24 “Exert every effort 82 to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once 83 the head of the house 84 gets up 85 and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 86 let us in!’ 87 But he will answer you, 88 ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 89 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 90 27 But 91 he will reply, 92 ‘I don’t know where you come from! 93 Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 94 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 95 when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 96 and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 97 but you yourselves thrown out. 98 29 Then 99 people 100 will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 101 in the kingdom of God. 102 30 But 103 indeed, 104 some are last 105 who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
31 At that time, 106 some Pharisees 107 came up and said to Jesus, 108 “Get away from here, 109 because Herod 110 wants to kill you.” 32 But 111 he said to them, “Go 112 and tell that fox, 113 ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 114 I will complete my work. 115 33 Nevertheless I must 116 go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 117 that a prophet should be killed 118 outside Jerusalem.’ 119 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 120 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 121 How often I have longed 122 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 123 you would have none of it! 124 35 Look, your house is forsaken! 125 And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 126
14 Now 1 one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 2 at the house of a leader 3 of the Pharisees, 4 they were watching 5 him closely. 2 There 6 right 7 in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 8 3 So 9 Jesus asked 10 the experts in religious law 11 and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 12 or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So 13 Jesus 14 took hold of the man, 15 healed him, and sent him away. 16 5 Then 17 he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 18 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 But 19 they could not reply 20 to this.
7 Then 21 when Jesus 22 noticed how the guests 23 chose the places of honor, 24 he told them a parable. He said to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 25 do not take 26 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 27 9 So 28 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 29 you will begin to move to the least important 30 place. 10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 31 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 32 Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 33 the one who humbles 34 himself will be exalted.”
12 He 35 said also to the man 36 who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 37 don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 38 invite the poor, the crippled, 39 the lame, and 40 the blind. 41 14 Then 42 you will be blessed, 43 because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 44 at the resurrection of the righteous.”
15 When 45 one of those at the meal with Jesus 46 heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 47 who will feast 48 in the kingdom of God!” 49 16 But Jesus 50 said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 51 and invited 52 many guests. 53 17 At 54 the time for the banquet 55 he sent his slave 56 to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 18 But one after another they all 57 began to make excuses. 58 The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 59 and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 60 19 Another 61 said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 62 and I am going out 63 to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another 64 said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 65 21 So 66 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 67 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 68 to the streets and alleys of the city, 69 and bring in the poor, 70 the crippled, 71 the blind, and the lame.’ 22 Then 72 the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 73 23 So 74 the master said to his 75 slave, ‘Go out to the highways 76 and country roads 77 and urge 78 people 79 to come in, so that my house will be filled. 80 24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 81 who were invited 82 will taste my banquet!’” 83
25 Now large crowds 84 were accompanying Jesus, 85 and turning to them he said, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate 86 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 87 he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 88 and follow 89 me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 90 first and compute the cost 91 to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 Otherwise, 92 when he has laid 93 a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 94 all who see it 95 will begin to make fun of 96 him. 30 They will say, 97 ‘This man 98 began to build and was not able to finish!’ 99 31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 100 first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 101 the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot succeed, 102 he will send a representative 103 while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 104 33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 105
34 “Salt 106 is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 107 how can its flavor be restored? 35 It is of no value 108 for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 109 The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 110