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Lucas 12

1 InThe faithful teachers of God's word, who are appointed by him for his people, must both take good heed of those who corrupt the purity of doctrine with smooth speech, and also take pains through the help of God to set forth sincere doctrine, openly and without fear.the mean time, when there were gathered togetherLiterally, «ten thousand of people», a certain number which is given for an uncertain innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

2 For there is nothing couered, that shall not bee reueiled: neither hidde, that shall not be knowen.

3 Wherefore whatsoeuer yee haue spoken in darkenesse, it shall be heard in the light: and that which ye haue spoken in the eare, in secret places, shall be preached on the houses.

4 Although hypocrites have princes to execute their cruelty, yet there is no reason why we should be afraid of them, even by the smallest amount that may be, seeing that they can do nothing except that which pleases God, and God does not will anything that may be against the salvation of his elect.And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

5 But I willHe warns them of dangers that presently hang over their heads, for those that come upon one suddenly make a greater wound.forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

6 Are not fiue sparowes bought for two farthings, and yet not one of them is forgotten before God?

7 Yea, and all the heares of your head are nombred: feare not therefore: yee are more of value then many sparowes.

8 Great is the reward of a constant confession: and horrible is the punishment for denying Christ; yea, it will be impossible to call the punishment back again, if on purpose, both with mouth and heart we blaspheme a known truth.Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

9 But hee that shall denie mee before men, shall be denied before the Angels of God.

10 And whosoeuer shall speake a woorde against the Sonne of man, it shall be forgiuen him: but vnto him, that shal blaspheme ye holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiuen.

11 It is a great and difficult conflict to confess the truth, yet God who can do all things and is almighty will provide strength to the weakest who struggle greatly and do battle in God's appointed time.And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and [unto] magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

12 For the holy Ghost shall teache you in the same houre, what yee ought to say.

13 For three reasons Christ would not be a judge to divide an inheritance. First, because he would not support and uphold the fleshly opinion that the Jews had of Messiah: secondly, because he wanted to distinguish the civil government from the ecclesiastical: thirdly, to teach us to beware of those which abuse the show of the gospel, and also the name of ministers, for their own private well-being.And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.

14 And he said vnto him, Man, who made me a iudge, or a deuider ouer you?

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware ofBy covetousness is meant that greedy desire to get, commonly causing hurt to other men.covetousness: for a man's lifeGod is the author and preserver of man's life; goods are not.consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 There are none more mad than rich men who depend upon their riches.And he spake a parable unto them, saying, TheOr rather country, for here is set forth a man that possesses not only a piece of ground, but a whole country, as they do who join house to house, and field to field; (Isa_5:8).ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And heReckoned with himself, which is the characteristic of covetous surly men who spend their life in those trifles.thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This wil I do, I wil pul downe my barnes, and builde greater, and therein will I gather all my fruites, and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and]Be merry and make good merry.

20 But God said vnto him, O foole, this night wil they fetch away thy soule fro thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast prouided?

21 So [is] he that layeth up treasureCaring for no man but for himself, and making sure to trust in himself.for himself, and is not rich toward God.

22 Earnestly thinking upon the providence of God is a present remedy for this life against the most foolish and wasting worry of men.And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more then meate: and the body more then the raiment.

24 Consider the rauens: for they neither sowe nor reape: which neither haue storehouse nor barne, & yet God feedeth them: how much more are yee better then foules?

25 And which of you with taking thought, can adde to his stature one cubite?

26 If yee then bee not able to doe the least thing, why take yee thought for the remnant?

27 Consider the lilies howe they growe: they labour not, neither spin they: yet I say vnto you, that Solomon himselfe in all his royaltie was not clothed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grasse which is to day in the field, and to morowe is cast into the ouen, howe much more will he clothe you, O yee of litle faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neitherA metaphor taken of things that hang in the air, for those that care too much for this worldly life, and rely upon the arm of man, always have wavering and doubtful minds, swaying sometimes this way, and sometimes that ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all such things the people of the world seeke for: and your Father knoweth that ye haue neede of these things.

31 They will lack nothing who are diligent for the kingdom of heaven.But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

32 It is a foolish thing not to look for small things at the hands of him who freely gives us the greatest things.Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

33 A godly bountifulness is a proper way to get true riches.Sell that ye have, and giveThis is the figure of speech metonymy, for by this word «alms» is meant that compassion and friendliness of a heart that cares tenderly for the misery and poor condition of a man, and shows this feeling by some gift, and has the name given to it in the Greek language of mercy and compassion: and therefore he is said to give alms who gives something to another, and gives to the poor, showing by this that he pities their poor condition.alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

34 For where your treasure is, there will your hearts be also.

35 The life of the faithful servants of God in this world is certainly a diligent journey, having the light of the word going before the journey.Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning;

36 And ye your selues like vnto men that waite for their master, when he will returne from the wedding, that when he commeth and knocketh, they may open vnto him immediatly.

37 Blessed are those seruants, whom the Lord when he commeth shall finde waking: verely I say vnto you, he will girde himselfe about, and make them to sit downe at table, and will come forth, and serue them.

38 And if he come in the seconde watch, or come in the third watch, and shall finde them so, blessed are those seruants.

39 Nowe vnderstand this, that if the good man of the house had knowen at what houre the theefe would haue come, he would haue watched, and would not haue suffered his house to be digged through.

40 None need to watch more than they that have some degree of honour in the household of God.Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

41 Then Peter saide vnto him, Master, tellest thou this parable vnto vs, or euen to all?

42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their]That is, every month the measure of corn that was given to them.portion of meat in due season?

43 Blessed is that seruant, whom his master when he commeth, shall finde so doing.

44 Of a trueth I say vnto you, that he wil make him ruler ouer all that he hath.

45 But if that seruant say in his heart, My master doeth deferre his comming, and ginne to smite the seruants, and maydens, and to eate, and drinke, and to be drunken,

46 The master of that seruant will come in a day when he thinketh not, and at an houre when he is not ware of, and will cut him off, and giue him his portion with the vnbeleeuers.

47 And that seruant that knewe his masters will, and prepared not himselfe, neither did according to his will, shalbe beaten with many stripes.

48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will askMore than the one who did not receive as much.the more.

49 The gospel is the only reason of peace between the godly, and so it is the occasion of great trouble among the wicked.I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

50 Notwithstanding I must be baptized with a baptisme, & how am I grieued, till it be ended?

51 Thinke ye that I am come to giue peace on earth? I tell you, nay, but rather debate.

52 For from hencefoorth there shall be fiue in one house deuided, three against two, and two against three.

53 The father shalbe deuided against ye sonne, and the sonne against the father: the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother: the mother in lawe against her daughter in lawe, and the daughter in lawe against her mother in lawe.

54 Men who are very quick to see with regard to earthly things are blind with regard to those things which pertain to the heavenly life, and this through their own malice.And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloudWhich appears, and gathers itself together in that part of the air.rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

55 And when ye see the South winde blowe, ye say, that it wilbe hoate: & it commeth to passe.

56 Hypocrites, ye can discerne the face of the earth, and of the skie: but why discerne ye not this time?

57 Men that are blinded with the love of themselves, and therefore are detestable and stubborn, will bear the punishment of their folly.Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

58 When 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 theTo him that has to demand and gather the fines from those who were fined at the discretion of the court, people who had wrongly troubled men: moreover, the magistrate's officers make those who are condemned pay what they owe, yea and often if they are obstinate, they not only take the fine, but also imprison them.officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.

59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast payed the vtmost mite.

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