Bible: Luke 9-14
The Sending of the Twelve Apostles
9:1 After 1 Jesus 2 called 3 the twelve 4 together, he gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure 5 diseases, 9:2 and he sent 6 them out to proclaim 7 the kingdom of God 8 and to heal the sick. 9 9:3 He 10 said to them, “Take nothing for your 11 journey – no staff, 12 no bag, 13 no bread, no money, and do not take an extra tunic. 14 9:4 Whatever 15 house you enter, stay there 16 until you leave the area. 17 9:5 Wherever 18 they do not receive you, 19 as you leave that town, 20 shake the dust off 21 your feet as a testimony against them.” 9:6 Then 22 they departed and went throughout 23 the villages, proclaiming the good news 24 and healing people everywhere.
Herod’s Confusion about Jesus
9:7 Now Herod 25 the tetrarch 26 heard about everything that was happening, and he was thoroughly perplexed, 27 because some people were saying that John 28 had been raised from the dead, 9:8 while others were saying that Elijah 29 had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had risen. 30 9:9 Herod said, “I had John 31 beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” So Herod wanted to learn about Jesus. 32
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
9:10 When 33 the apostles returned, 34 they told Jesus 35 everything they had done. Then 36 he took them with him and they withdrew privately to a town 37 called Bethsaida. 38 9:11 But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He 39 welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, 40 and cured those who needed healing. 41 9:12 Now the day began to draw to a close, 42 so 43 the twelve came and said to Jesus, 44 “Send the crowd away, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging 45 and food, because we are in an isolated place.” 46 9:13 But he said to them, “You 47 give them something to eat.” They 48 replied, 49 “We have no more than five loaves and two fish – unless 50 we go 51 and buy food 52 for all these people.” 9:14 (Now about five thousand men 53 were there.) 54 Then 55 he said to his disciples, “Have 56 them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 9:15 So they did as Jesus directed, 57 and the people 58 all sat down.
9:16 Then 59 he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks 60 and broke them. He gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 9:17 They all ate and were satisfied, and what was left over 61 was picked up – twelve baskets of broken pieces.
9:18 Once 62 when Jesus 63 was praying 64 by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, 65 “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 66 9:19 They 67 answered, 68 “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; 69 and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 70 9:20 Then 71 he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter 72 answered, 73 “The Christ 74 of God.” 9:21 But he forcefully commanded 75 them not to tell this to anyone, 76 9:22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer 77 many things and be rejected by the elders, 78 chief priests, and experts in the law, 79 and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 80
A Call to Discipleship
9:23 Then 81 he said to them all, 82 “If anyone wants to become my follower, 83 he must deny 84 himself, take up his cross daily, 85 and follow me. 9:24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, 86 but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 9:25 For what does it benefit a person 87 if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 9:26 For whoever is ashamed 88 of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person 89 when he comes in his glory and in the glory 90 of the Father and of the holy angels. 9:27 But I tell you most certainly, 91 there are some standing here who will not 92 experience 93 death before they see the kingdom of God.” 94
9:28 Now 95 about eight days 96 after these sayings, Jesus 97 took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up the mountain to pray. 9:29 As 98 he was praying, 99 the appearance of his face was transformed, 100 and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white. 101 9:30 Then 102 two men, Moses and Elijah, 103 began talking with him. 104 9:31 They appeared in glorious splendor and spoke about his departure 105 that he was about to carry out 106 at Jerusalem. 107 9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 108 but as they became fully awake, 109 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 110 as the men 111 were starting to leave, 112 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 113 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying. 9:34 As 114 he was saying this, a cloud 115 came 116 and overshadowed 117 them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 9:35 Then 118 a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. 119 Listen to him!” 120 9:36 After 121 the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. So 122 they kept silent and told no one 123 at that time 124 anything of what they had seen.
Healing a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
9:37 Now on 125 the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 9:38 Then 126 a man from the crowd cried out, 127 “Teacher, I beg you to look at 128 my son – he is my only child! 9:39 A 129 spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams; 130 it throws him into convulsions 131 and causes him to foam at the mouth. It hardly ever leaves him alone, torturing 132 him severely. 9:40 I 133 begged 134 your disciples to cast it out, but 135 they could not do so.” 136 9:41 Jesus answered, 137 “You 138 unbelieving 139 and perverse generation! How much longer 140 must I be with you and endure 141 you? 142 Bring your son here.” 9:42 As 143 the boy 144 was approaching, the demon threw him to the ground 145 and shook him with convulsions. 146 But Jesus rebuked 147 the unclean 148 spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 9:43 Then 149 they were all astonished at the mighty power 150 of God.
Another Prediction of Jesus’ Suffering
But while the entire crowd 151 was amazed at everything Jesus 152 was doing, he said to his disciples, 9:44 “Take these words to heart, 153 for the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.” 154 9:45 But they did not understand this statement; its meaning 155 had been concealed 156 from them, so that they could not grasp it. Yet 157 they were afraid to ask him about this statement.
Concerning the Greatest
9:46 Now an argument started among the disciples 158 as to which of them might be 159 the greatest. 9:47 But when Jesus discerned their innermost thoughts, 160 he took a child, had him stand by 161 his side, 9:48 and said to them, “Whoever welcomes 162 this child 163 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me, for the one who is least among you all is the one who is great.” 164
On the Right Side
9:49 John answered, 165 “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop 166 him because he is not a disciple 167 along with us.” 9:50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Rejection in Samaria
9:51 Now when 168 the days drew near 169 for him to be taken up, 170 Jesus 171 set out resolutely 172 to go to Jerusalem. 173 9:52 He 174 sent messengers on ahead of him. 175 As they went along, 176 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 177 for him, 9:53 but the villagers 178 refused to welcome 179 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 180 9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 181 them?” 182 9:55 But Jesus 183 turned and rebuked them, 184 9:56 and they went on to another village.
Challenging Professed Followers
9:57 As 185 they were walking 186 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 187 9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 188 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 189 9:59 Jesus 190 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 191 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 192 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 193 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 194 9:61 Yet 195 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 196 9:62 Jesus 197 said to him, “No one who puts his 198 hand to the plow and looks back 199 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 200
The Mission of the Seventy-Two
10:1 After this 201 the Lord appointed seventy-two 202 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 203 and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 204 said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 205 to send out 206 workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 207 am sending you out like lambs 208 surrounded by wolves. 209 10:4 Do not carry 210 a money bag, 211 a traveler’s bag, 212 or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 213 10:5 Whenever 214 you enter a house, 215 first say, ‘May peace 216 be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 217 is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 218 10:7 Stay 219 in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 220 for the worker deserves his pay. 221 Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 222 you enter a town 223 and the people 224 welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 225 the sick in that town 226 and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 227 has come upon 228 you!’ 10:10 But whenever 229 you enter a town 230 and the people 231 do not welcome 232 you, go into its streets 233 and say, 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town 234 that clings to our feet we wipe off 235 against you. 236 Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 237 10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 238 than for that town! 239
10:13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 240 Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 241 the miracles 242 done in you had been done in Tyre 243 and Sidon, 244 they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 10:14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you! 10:15 And you, Capernaum, 245 will you be exalted to heaven? 246 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 247
10:17 Then 252 the seventy-two 253 returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 254 us in your name!” 255 10:18 So 256 he said to them, “I saw 257 Satan fall 258 like lightning 259 from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 260 on snakes and scorpions 261 and on the full force of the enemy, 262 and nothing will 263 hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 264 the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 265 that your names stand written 266 in heaven.”
10:21 On that same occasion 267 Jesus 268 rejoiced 269 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 270 you, Father, Lord 271 of heaven and earth, because 272 you have hidden these things from the wise 273 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 274 10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 275 No one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides 276 to reveal him.”
10:23 Then 277 Jesus 278 turned 279 to his 280 disciples and said privately, “Blessed 281 are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 282 what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
10:25 Now 283 an expert in religious law 284 stood up to test Jesus, 285 saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 286 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” 287 10:27 The expert 288 answered, “Love 289 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 290 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 291 10:28 Jesus 292 said to him, “You have answered correctly; 293 do this, and you will live.”
10:29 But the expert, 294 wanting to justify 295 himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 10:30 Jesus replied, 296 “A man was going down 297 from Jerusalem 298 to Jericho, 299 and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 300 him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 301 10:31 Now by chance 302 a priest was going down that road, but 303 when he saw the injured man 304 he passed by 305 on the other side. 306 10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 307 the place and saw him, 308 passed by on the other side. 10:33 But 309 a Samaritan 310 who was traveling 311 came to where the injured man 312 was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 313 10:34 He 314 went up to him 315 and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 316 and wine on them. Then 317 he put him on 318 his own animal, 319 brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The 320 next day he took out two silver coins 321 and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 322 10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 323 to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 10:37 The expert in religious law 324 said, “The one who showed mercy 325 to him.” So 326 Jesus said to him, “Go and do 327 the same.”
Jesus and Martha
10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 328 entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 329 10:39 She 330 had a sister named Mary, who sat 331 at the Lord’s feet 332 and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted 333 with all the preparations she had to make, 334 so 335 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 336 that my sister has left me to do all the work 337 alone? Tell 338 her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 339 answered her, 340 “Martha, Martha, 341 you are worried and troubled 342 about many things, 10:42 but one thing 343 is needed. Mary has chosen the best 344 part; it will not be taken away from her.”
Instructions on Prayer
11:1 Now 345 Jesus 346 was praying in a certain place. When 347 he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 348 taught 349 his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 350 say:
may your kingdom come. 353
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 354
11:4 and forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins 355 against us.
And do not lead us into temptation.” 356
11:5 Then 357 he said to them, “Suppose one of you 358 has a friend, and you go to him 359 at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 360 11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 361 and I have nothing to set before 362 him.’ 11:7 Then 363 he will reply 364 from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 365 I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 366 11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 367 will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 368 sheer persistence 369 he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 “So 370 I tell you: Ask, 371 and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 372 will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 373 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 374 will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 375 son asks for 376 a fish, will give him a snake 377 instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 378 11:13 If you then, although you are 379 evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 380 to those who ask him!”
Jesus and Beelzebul
11:14 Now 381 he was casting out a demon that was mute. 382 When 383 the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 384 and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 385 the ruler 386 of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 387 him, 388 began asking for 389 a sign 390 from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 391 realizing their thoughts, said to them, 392 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 393 and a divided household falls. 394 11:18 So 395 if 396 Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 397 you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 398 cast them 399 out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 400 of God, then the kingdom of God 401 has already overtaken 402 you. 11:21 When a strong man, 403 fully armed, guards his own palace, 404 his possessions are safe. 405 11:22 But 406 when a stronger man 407 attacks 408 and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 409 armor on which the man relied 410 and divides up 411 his plunder. 412 11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 413 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 414
Response to Jesus’ Work
11:24 “When an unclean spirit 415 goes out of a person, 416 it passes through waterless places 417 looking for rest but 418 not finding any. Then 419 it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 420 11:25 When it returns, 421 it finds the house 422 swept clean and put in order. 423 11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 424 the last state of that person 425 is worse than the first.” 426
11:27 As 427 he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 428 to him, “Blessed is the womb 429 that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!” 430 11:28 But he replied, 431 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 432 it!”
The Sign of Jonah
11:29 As 433 the crowds were increasing, Jesus 434 began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 435 but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 436 11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 437 so the Son of Man will be a sign 438 to this generation. 439 11:31 The queen of the South 440 will rise up at the judgment 441 with the people 442 of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 443 something greater 444 than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 445 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 446 – and now, 447 something greater than Jonah is here!
11:33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 448 or under a basket, 449 but on a lampstand, so that those who come in can see the light. 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, 450 your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 451 your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 452 that the light in you 453 is not darkness. 11:36 If 454 then 455 your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 456 it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 457
Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law
11:37 As he spoke, 458 a Pharisee 459 invited Jesus 460 to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 461 11:38 The 462 Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 463 did not first wash his hands 464 before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 465 the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 466 11:40 You fools! 467 Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 468 11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 469 and 470 then everything will be clean for you. 471
11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! 472 You give a tenth 473 of your mint, 474 rue, 475 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 476 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 477 11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 478 in the synagogues 479 and elaborate greetings 480 in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 481 You are like unmarked graves, and people 482 walk over them without realizing it!” 483
11:45 One of the experts in religious law 484 answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 485 us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 486 replied, 487 “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 488 You load people 489 down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 490 the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 491 the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 492 killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 493 the deeds of your ancestors, 494 because they killed the prophets 495 and you build their 496 tombs! 497 11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 498 of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 11:50 so that this generation may be held accountable 499 for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 500 of the world, 501 11:51 from the blood of Abel 502 to the blood of Zechariah, 503 who was killed 504 between the altar and the sanctuary. 505 Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 506 this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 507 the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 508 those who were going in.”
11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 509 and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 510 and to ask him hostile questions 511 about many things, 11:54 plotting against 512 him, to catch 513 him in something he might say.
Fear God, Not People
12:1 Meanwhile, 514 when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 515 began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 516 the yeast of the Pharisees, 517 which is hypocrisy. 518 12:2 Nothing is hidden 519 that will not be revealed, 520 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 521 whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 522 in private rooms 523 will be proclaimed from the housetops. 524
12:4 “I 525 tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 526 and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 527 you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 528 has authority to throw you 529 into hell. 530 Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 531 Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 12:7 In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; 532 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
12:8 “I 533 tell you, whoever acknowledges 534 me before men, 535 the Son of Man will also acknowledge 536 before God’s angels. 12:9 But the one who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. 12:10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 537 will not be forgiven. 538 12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 539 the 540 rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 541 or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 542 what you must say.” 543
The Parable of the Rich Landowner
12:13 Then 544 someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 545 my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 546 said to him, “Man, 547 who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 548 12:15 Then 549 he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 550 all types of greed, 551 because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 552 told them a parable: 553 “The land of a certain rich man produced 554 an abundant crop, 12:17 so 555 he thought to himself, 556 ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 557 12:18 Then 558 he said, ‘I 559 will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to myself, 560 “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 12:20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life 561 will be demanded back from 562 you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 563 12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 564 but is not rich toward God.”
Exhortation Not to Worry
12:22 Then 565 Jesus 566 said to his 567 disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 568 about your 569 life, what you will eat, or about your 570 body, what you will wear. 12:23 For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 12:24 Consider the ravens: 571 They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 572 them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 573 can add an hour to his life? 574 12:26 So if 575 you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 576 the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 577 grow; they do not work 578 or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 579 this is how God clothes the wild grass, 580 which is here 581 today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 582 how much more 583 will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 584 do not be overly concerned about 585 what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 586 12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 587 these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 588 his 589 kingdom, 590 and these things will be given to you as well.
12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 591 to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 592 and give to the poor. 593 Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 594 that never decreases, 595 where no thief approaches and no moth 596 destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 597 is, there your heart will be also.
Call to Faithful Stewardship
12:35 “Get dressed for service 598 and keep your lamps burning; 599 12:36 be like people 600 waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 601 so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 602 whom their master finds alert 603 when he returns! I tell you the truth, 604 he will dress himself to serve, 605 have them take their place at the table, 606 and will come 607 and wait on them! 608 12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 609 and finds them alert, 610 blessed are those slaves! 611 12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 612 was coming, he would not have let 613 his house be broken into. 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” 614
12:41 Then 615 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 616 12:42 The Lord replied, 617 “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 618 whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 619 to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 620 whom his master finds at work 621 when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 622 the master 623 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 624 that 625 slave should say to himself, 626 ‘My master is delayed 627 in returning,’ and he begins to beat 628 the other 629 slaves, both men and women, 630 and to eat, drink, and get drunk, 12:46 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, 631 and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 632 12:47 That 633 servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 634 will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 635 and did things worthy of punishment 636 will receive a light beating. 637 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 638 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 639 even more will be asked. 640
Not Peace, but Division
12:49 “I have come 641 to bring 642 fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 643 to undergo, 644 and how distressed I am until it is finished! 12:51 Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 645 12:52 For from now on 646 there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 647 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.”
Reading the Signs
12:54 Jesus 648 also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 649 you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 650 is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 651 blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 652 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 653 to interpret the present time?
Clear the Debts
12:57 “And 654 why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 655 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, 656 and the officer throw you into prison. 12:59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!” 657
A Call to Repent
13:1 Now 658 there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 659 13:2 He 660 answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 661 than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 662 you will all perish as well! 663 13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 664 when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 665 do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 666 13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 667 you will all perish as well!” 668
Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit
13:6 Then 669 Jesus 670 told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 671 planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 672 he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 673 three years 674 now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 675 I find none. Cut 676 it down! Why 677 should it continue to deplete 678 the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 679 answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 680 on it. 13:9 Then if 681 it bears fruit next year, 682 very well, 683 but if 684 not, you can cut it down.’”
Healing on the Sabbath
13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 685 on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 686 who had been disabled by a spirit 687 for eighteen years. She 688 was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 689 13:12 When 690 Jesus saw her, he called her to him 691 and said, “Woman, 692 you are freed 693 from your infirmity.” 694 13:13 Then 695 he placed his hands on her, and immediately 696 she straightened up and praised God. 13:14 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 697 should be done! 698 So come 699 and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 700 “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 701 and lead it to water? 702 13:16 Then 703 shouldn’t 704 this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 705 bound for eighteen long 706 years, be released from this imprisonment 707 on the Sabbath day?” 13:17 When 708 he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 709 but 710 the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 711 he was doing. 712
On the Kingdom of God
13:18 Thus Jesus 713 asked, 714 “What is the kingdom of God 715 like? 716 To 717 what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 718 that a man took and sowed 719 in his garden. It 720 grew and became a tree, 721 and the wild birds 722 nested in its branches.” 723
The Narrow Door
13:22 Then 729 Jesus 730 traveled throughout 731 towns 732 and villages, teaching and making his way toward 733 Jerusalem. 734 13:23 Someone 735 asked 736 him, “Lord, will only a few 737 be saved?” So 738 he said to them, 13:24 “Exert every effort 739 to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 740 the head of the house 741 gets up 742 and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 743 let us in!’ 744 But he will answer you, 745 ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 746 13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 747 13:27 But 748 he will reply, 749 ‘I don’t know where you come from! 750 Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 751 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 752 when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 753 and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 754 but you yourselves thrown out. 755 13:29 Then 756 people 757 will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 758 in the kingdom of God. 759 13:30 But 760 indeed, 761 some are last 762 who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Going to Jerusalem
13:31 At that time, 763 some Pharisees 764 came up and said to Jesus, 765 “Get away from here, 766 because Herod 767 wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 768 he said to them, “Go 769 and tell that fox, 770 ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 771 I will complete my work. 772 13:33 Nevertheless I must 773 go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 774 that a prophet should be killed 775 outside Jerusalem.’ 776 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 777 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 778 How often I have longed 779 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 780 you would have none of it! 781 13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 782 And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 783
Healing Again on the Sabbath
14:1 Now 784 one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 785 at the house of a leader 786 of the Pharisees, 787 they were watching 788 him closely. 14:2 There 789 right 790 in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 791 14:3 So 792 Jesus asked 793 the experts in religious law 794 and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 795 or not?” 14:4 But they remained silent. So 796 Jesus 797 took hold of the man, 798 healed him, and sent him away. 799 14:5 Then 800 he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 801 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 14:6 But 802 they could not reply 803 to this.
On Seeking Seats of Honor
14:7 Then 804 when Jesus 805 noticed how the guests 806 chose the places of honor, 807 he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 808 do not take 809 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 810 14:9 So 811 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 812 you will begin to move to the least important 813 place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 814 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 815 Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 816 the one who humbles 817 himself will be exalted.”
14:12 He 818 said also to the man 819 who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 820 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. 14:13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 821 invite the poor, the crippled, 822 the lame, and 823 the blind. 824 14:14 Then 825 you will be blessed, 826 because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 827 at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
14:15 When 828 one of those at the meal with Jesus 829 heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 830 who will feast 831 in the kingdom of God!” 832 14:16 But Jesus 833 said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 834 and invited 835 many guests. 836 14:17 At 837 the time for the banquet 838 he sent his slave 839 to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 840 began to make excuses. 841 The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 842 and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 843 14:19 Another 844 said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 845 and I am going out 846 to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 847 said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 848 14:21 So 849 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 850 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 851 to the streets and alleys of the city, 852 and bring in the poor, 853 the crippled, 854 the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 855 the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 856 14:23 So 857 the master said to his 858 slave, ‘Go out to the highways 859 and country roads 860 and urge 861 people 862 to come in, so that my house will be filled. 863 14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 864 who were invited 865 will taste my banquet!’” 866
Counting the Cost
14:25 Now large crowds 867 were accompanying Jesus, 868 and turning to them he said, 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate 869 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 870 he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 871 and follow 872 me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 873 first and compute the cost 874 to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 875 when he has laid 876 a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 877 all who see it 878 will begin to make fun of 879 him. 14:30 They will say, 880 ‘This man 881 began to build and was not able to finish!’ 882 14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 883 first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 884 the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 885 he will send a representative 886 while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 887 14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 888
14:34 “Salt 889 is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 890 how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 891 for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 892 The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 893