Luke 12 ©
Christ teacheth his disciples to avoid hypocrisy, and not to be fearful in publishing his doctrine: he refuseth to be judge in a civil cause, and warneth the people to beware of covetousness by the parable of a rich man, who boasted himself in his multiplied stores: he exhorteth not to be over anxious about the provisions of this life; but to seek the kingdom of God; to lay up treasure in heaven by giving alms; and to be always ready for our Lord's coming. By the parable of a good and a wicked steward he sheweth the duty of his ministers in particular: he foretelleth the divisions on account of the gospel: reproveth the people for not discerning the times: and sheweth the danger of neglecting the means of reconciliation offered them.
IN the mean time, awhen there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, bBeware ye of the *leaven of the Pharisees, which is chypocrisy.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in *closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
oAnd whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy *Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
And he said unto them, uTake heed, and beware of covetousness: vfor a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
pFear not, qlittle flock; for rit is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
And if he shall come in ethe *second watch, or come in the *third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
nThe lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and owill 3cut him *in sunder, and pwill appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father shall be divided against the son, and vthe son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And xwhen ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
¶bWhen thou goest with thine *adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he *hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.