Beware of Hypocrisy
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.
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.
Jesus Teaches the Fear of God
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!
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.
Confess Christ Before Men
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him
the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of
But he who denies Me before men will be denied before
the angels of God.
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.
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.
the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what
you ought to say.”
The Parable of the Rich
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.”
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.”’
God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be
required of you; then whose will those things be which
you have provided?’
is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not
rich toward God.”
Do Not Worry
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.
is more than food, and the body is more than
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?
which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his
If you then are not able to do the least, why are
you anxious for the rest?
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.
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
do not seek what you should eat or what you should
drink, nor have an anxious mind.
all these things the nations of the world seek after,
and your Father knows that you need these things.
seek the kingdom of God, and all these things
shall be added to you.
not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good
pleasure to give you the kingdom.
what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money
bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens
that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
The Faithful Servant and the Evil
35 “Let your waist be girded
and your lamps burning;
you yourselves be like men who wait for their master,
when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes
and knocks they may open to him immediately.
Blessed are those servants whom the master, when
he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you
that he will gird himself and have them sit down to
eat, and will come and serve them.
38 And if
he should come in the second watch, or come in the third
watch, and find them so, blessed are those
But know this, that if the master of the house had known
what hour the thief would come, he would have watched
and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is
coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable
only to us, or to all people?”
the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise
steward, whom his master will make ruler over his
household, to give them their portion of food in
due season? 43
Blessed is that servant whom his master will find
so doing when he comes.
I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that
he has. 45
But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is
delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and
female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,
master of that servant will come on a day when he is not
looking for him, and at an hour when he is not
aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him
his portion with the unbelievers.
that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not
prepare himself or do according to his will,
shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he
who did not know, yet committed things deserving of
stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom
much is given, from him much will be required; and to
whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the
Christ Brings Division
“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it
were already kindled!
50 But I
have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I
am till it is accomplished!
you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I
tell you, not at all, but rather division.
from now on five in one house will be divided: three
against two, and two against three.
will be divided 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 her mother-in-law.”
Discern the Time
54 Then He also said to the
multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out
of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’;
and so it is.
55 And when you see the south wind blow,
you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is.
Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of
the earth, but how is it you do not discern this
Make Peace with Your Adversary
57 “Yes, and why, even of
yourselves, do you not judge what is right?
you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every
effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag
you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer,
and the officer throw you into prison.
59 I tell
you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid
the very last mite.”