Bible: Luke 10-17

The Mission of the Seventy-Two

10:1 After this 1  the Lord appointed seventy-two 2  others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 3  and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 4  said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 5  to send out 6  workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 7  am sending you out like lambs 8  surrounded by wolves. 9  10:4 Do not carry 10  a money bag, 11  a traveler’s bag, 12  or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 13  10:5 Whenever 14  you enter a house, 15  first say, ‘May peace 16  be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 17  is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 18  10:7 Stay 19  in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 20  for the worker deserves his pay. 21  Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 22  you enter a town 23  and the people 24  welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 25  the sick in that town 26  and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 27  has come upon 28  you!’ 10:10 But whenever 29  you enter a town 30  and the people 31  do not welcome 32  you, go into its streets 33  and say, 10:11 Even the dust of your town 34  that clings to our feet we wipe off 35  against you. 36  Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 37  10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 38  than for that town! 39 

10:13Woe to you, Chorazin! 40  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 41  the miracles 42  done in you had been done in Tyre 43  and Sidon, 44  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, 45  will you be exalted to heaven? 46  No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 47 

10:16The one who listens 48  to you listens to me, 49  and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects 50  the one who sent me.” 51 

10:17 Then 52  the seventy-two 53  returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 54  us in your name! 55  10:18 So 56  he said to them, “I saw 57  Satan fall 58  like lightning 59  from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 60  on snakes and scorpions 61  and on the full force of the enemy, 62  and nothing will 63  hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 64  the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 65  that your names stand written 66  in heaven.”

10:21 On that same occasion 67  Jesus 68  rejoiced 69  in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 70  you, Father, Lord 71  of heaven and earth, because 72  you have hidden these things from the wise 73  and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 74  10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 75  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 76  to reveal him.”

10:23 Then 77  Jesus 78  turned 79  to his 80  disciples and said privately, “Blessed 81  are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 82  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 83  an expert in religious law 84  stood up to test Jesus, 85  saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? 86  10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it? 87  10:27 The expert 88  answered, “Love 89  the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 90  and love your neighbor as yourself.” 91  10:28 Jesus 92  said to him, “You have answered correctly; 93  do this, and you will live.”

10:29 But the expert, 94  wanting to justify 95  himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor? 10:30 Jesus replied, 96 A man was going down 97  from Jerusalem 98  to Jericho, 99  and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 100  him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 101  10:31 Now by chance 102  a priest was going down that road, but 103  when he saw the injured man 104  he passed by 105  on the other side. 106  10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 107  the place and saw him, 108  passed by on the other side. 10:33 But 109  a Samaritan 110  who was traveling 111  came to where the injured man 112  was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 113  10:34 He 114  went up to him 115  and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 116  and wine on them. Then 117  he put him on 118  his own animal, 119  brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The 120  next day he took out two silver coins 121  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.’ 122  10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 123  to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? 10:37 The expert in religious law 124  said, “The one who showed mercy 125  to him.” So 126  Jesus said to him, “Go and do 127  the same.”

Jesus and Martha

10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 128  entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 129  10:39 She 130  had a sister named Mary, who sat 131  at the Lord’s feet 132  and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted 133  with all the preparations she had to make, 134  so 135  she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 136  that my sister has left me to do all the work 137  alone? Tell 138  her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 139  answered her, 140 Martha, Martha, 141  you are worried and troubled 142  about many things, 10:42 but one thing 143  is needed. Mary has chosen the best 144  part; it will not be taken away from her.”

Instructions on Prayer

11:1 Now 145  Jesus 146  was praying in a certain place. When 147  he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 148  taught 149  his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 150  say:

Father, 151  may your name be honored; 152 

may your kingdom come. 153 

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 154 

11:4 and forgive us our sins,

for we also forgive everyone who sins 155  against us.

And do not lead us into temptation.” 156 

11:5 Then 157  he said to them, “Suppose one of you 158  has a friend, and you go to him 159  at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 160  11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 161  and I have nothing to set before 162  him.’ 11:7 Then 163  he will reply 164  from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 165  I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 166  11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 167  will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 168  sheer persistence 169  he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

11:9So 170  I tell you: Ask, 171  and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 172  will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 173  receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 174  will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 175  son asks for 176  a fish, will give him a snake 177  instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 178  11:13 If you then, although you are 179  evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 180  to those who ask him!

Jesus and Beelzebul

11:14 Now 181  he was casting out a demon that was mute. 182  When 183  the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 184  and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 185  the ruler 186  of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 187  him, 188  began asking for 189  a sign 190  from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 191  realizing their thoughts, said to them, 192 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 193  and a divided household falls. 194  11:18 So 195  if 196  Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 197  you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 198  cast them 199  out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 200  of God, then the kingdom of God 201  has already overtaken 202  you. 11:21 When a strong man, 203  fully armed, guards his own palace, 204  his possessions are safe. 205  11:22 But 206  when a stronger man 207  attacks 208  and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 209  armor on which the man relied 210  and divides up 211  his plunder. 212  11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 213  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 214 

Response to Jesus’ Work

11:24When an unclean spirit 215  goes out of a person, 216  it passes through waterless places 217  looking for rest but 218  not finding any. Then 219  it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 220  11:25 When it returns, 221  it finds the house 222  swept clean and put in order. 223  11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 224  the last state of that person 225  is worse than the first.” 226 

11:27 As 227  he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 228  to him, “Blessed is the womb 229  that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed! 230  11:28 But he replied, 231 Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 232  it!

The Sign of Jonah

11:29 As 233  the crowds were increasing, Jesus 234  began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 235  but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 236  11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 237  so the Son of Man will be a sign 238  to this generation. 239  11:31 The queen of the South 240  will rise up at the judgment 241  with the people 242  of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 243  something greater 244  than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 245  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 246  – and now, 247  something greater than Jonah is here!

Internal Light

11:33No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 248  or under a basket, 249  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, 250  your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 251  your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 252  that the light in you 253  is not darkness. 11:36 If 254  then 255  your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 256  it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 257 

Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law

11:37 As he spoke, 258  a Pharisee 259  invited Jesus 260  to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 261  11:38 The 262  Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 263  did not first wash his hands 264  before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 265  the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 266  11:40 You fools! 267  Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 268  11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 269  and 270  then everything will be clean for you. 271 

11:42But woe to you Pharisees! 272  You give a tenth 273  of your mint, 274  rue, 275  and every herb, yet you neglect justice 276  and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 277  11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 278  in the synagogues 279  and elaborate greetings 280  in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 281  You are like unmarked graves, and people 282  walk over them without realizing it! 283 

11:45 One of the experts in religious law 284  answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 285  us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 286  replied, 287 Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 288  You load people 289  down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 290  the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 291  the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 292  killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 293  the deeds of your ancestors, 294  because they killed the prophets 295  and you build their 296  tombs! 297  11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 298  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 299  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 300  of the world, 301  11:51 from the blood of Abel 302  to the blood of Zechariah, 303  who was killed 304  between the altar and the sanctuary. 305  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 306  this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 307  the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 308  those who were going in.”

11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 309  and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 310  and to ask him hostile questions 311  about many things, 11:54 plotting against 312  him, to catch 313  him in something he might say.

Fear God, Not People

12:1 Meanwhile, 314  when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 315  began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 316  the yeast of the Pharisees, 317  which is hypocrisy. 318  12:2 Nothing is hidden 319  that will not be revealed, 320  and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 321  whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 322  in private rooms 323  will be proclaimed from the housetops. 324 

12:4I 325  tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 326  and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 327  you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 328  has authority to throw you 329  into hell. 330  Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 331  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; 332  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

12:8I 333  tell you, whoever acknowledges 334  me before men, 335  the Son of Man will also acknowledge 336  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 337  will not be forgiven. 338  12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 339  the 340  rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 341  or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 342  what you must say.” 343 

The Parable of the Rich Landowner

12:13 Then 344  someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 345  my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 346  said to him, “Man, 347  who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two? 348  12:15 Then 349  he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 350  all types of greed, 351  because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 352  told them a parable: 353  “The land of a certain rich man produced 354  an abundant crop, 12:17 so 355  he thought to himself, 356 What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 357  12:18 Then 358  he said, ‘I 359  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, 360 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 361  will be demanded back from 362  you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 363  12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 364  but is not rich toward God.”

Exhortation Not to Worry

12:22 Then 365  Jesus 366  said to his 367  disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 368  about your 369  life, what you will eat, or about your 370  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: 371  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 372  them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 373  can add an hour to his life? 374  12:26 So if 375  you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 376  the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 377  grow; they do not work 378  or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 379  this is how God clothes the wild grass, 380  which is here 381  today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 382  how much more 383  will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 384  do not be overly concerned about 385  what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 386  12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 387  these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 388  his 389  kingdom, 390  and these things will be given to you as well.

12:32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 391  to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 392  and give to the poor. 393  Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 394  that never decreases, 395  where no thief approaches and no moth 396  destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 397  is, there your heart will be also.

Call to Faithful Stewardship

12:35Get dressed for service 398  and keep your lamps burning; 399  12:36 be like people 400  waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 401  so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 402  whom their master finds alert 403  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 404  he will dress himself to serve, 405  have them take their place at the table, 406  and will come 407  and wait on them! 408  12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 409  and finds them alert, 410  blessed are those slaves! 411  12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 412  was coming, he would not have let 413  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.” 414 

12:41 Then 415  Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone? 416  12:42 The Lord replied, 417 Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 418  whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 419  to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 420  whom his master finds at work 421  when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 422  the master 423  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 424  that 425  slave should say to himself, 426 My master is delayed 427  in returning,’ and he begins to beat 428  the other 429  slaves, both men and women, 430  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, 431  and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 432  12:47 That 433  servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 434  will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 435  and did things worthy of punishment 436  will receive a light beating. 437  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 438  and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 439  even more will be asked. 440 

Not Peace, but Division

12:49I have come 441  to bring 442  fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 443  to undergo, 444  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! 445  12:52 For from now on 446  there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 447  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 448  also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 449  you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 450  is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 451  blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 452  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 453  to interpret the present time?

Clear the Debts

12:57And 454  why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 455  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, 456  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!” 457 

A Call to Repent

13:1 Now 458  there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 459  13:2 He 460  answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 461  than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 462  you will all perish as well! 463  13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 464  when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 465  do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 466  13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 467  you will all perish as well! 468 

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

13:6 Then 469  Jesus 470  told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 471  planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 472  he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 473  three years 474  now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 475  I find none. Cut 476  it down! Why 477  should it continue to deplete 478  the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 479  answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 480  on it. 13:9 Then if 481  it bears fruit next year, 482  very well, 483  but if 484  not, you can cut it down.’

Healing on the Sabbath

13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 485  on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 486  who had been disabled by a spirit 487  for eighteen years. She 488  was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 489  13:12 When 490  Jesus saw her, he called her to him 491  and said, “Woman, 492  you are freed 493  from your infirmity.” 494  13:13 Then 495  he placed his hands on her, and immediately 496  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 497  should be done! 498  So come 499  and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 500 You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 501  and lead it to water? 502  13:16 Then 503  shouldn’t 504  this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 505  bound for eighteen long 506  years, be released from this imprisonment 507  on the Sabbath day? 13:17 When 508  he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 509  but 510  the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 511  he was doing. 512 

On the Kingdom of God

13:18 Thus Jesus 513  asked, 514 What is the kingdom of God 515  like? 516  To 517  what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 518  that a man took and sowed 519  in his garden. It 520  grew and became a tree, 521  and the wild birds 522  nested in its branches.” 523 

13:20 Again 524  he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 525  13:21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 526  three measures 527  of flour until all the dough had risen.” 528 

The Narrow Door

13:22 Then 529  Jesus 530  traveled throughout 531  towns 532  and villages, teaching and making his way toward 533  Jerusalem. 534  13:23 Someone 535  asked 536  him, “Lord, will only a few 537  be saved?” So 538  he said to them, 13:24 Exert every effort 539  to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 540  the head of the house 541  gets up 542  and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 543  let us in!’ 544  But he will answer you, 545 I don’t know where you come from.’ 546  13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 547  13:27 But 548  he will reply, 549 I don’t know where you come from! 550  Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 551  13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 552  when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 553  and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 554  but you yourselves thrown out. 555  13:29 Then 556  people 557  will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 558  in the kingdom of God. 559  13:30 But 560  indeed, 561  some are last 562  who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Going to Jerusalem

13:31 At that time, 563  some Pharisees 564  came up and said to Jesus, 565 Get away from here, 566  because Herod 567  wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 568  he said to them, “Go 569  and tell that fox, 570 Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 571  I will complete my work. 572  13:33 Nevertheless I must 573  go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 574  that a prophet should be killed 575  outside Jerusalem.’ 576  13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 577  you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 578  How often I have longed 579  to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 580  you would have none of it! 581  13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 582  And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 583 

Healing Again on the Sabbath

14:1 Now 584  one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 585  at the house of a leader 586  of the Pharisees, 587  they were watching 588  him closely. 14:2 There 589  right 590  in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 591  14:3 So 592  Jesus asked 593  the experts in religious law 594  and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 595  or not? 14:4 But they remained silent. So 596  Jesus 597  took hold of the man, 598  healed him, and sent him away. 599  14:5 Then 600  he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 601  or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out? 14:6 But 602  they could not reply 603  to this.

On Seeking Seats of Honor

14:7 Then 604  when Jesus 605  noticed how the guests 606  chose the places of honor, 607  he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 608  do not take 609  the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 610  14:9 So 611  the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 612  you will begin to move to the least important 613  place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 614  approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 615  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 616  the one who humbles 617  himself will be exalted.”

14:12 He 618  said also to the man 619  who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 620  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, 621  invite the poor, the crippled, 622  the lame, and 623  the blind. 624  14:14 Then 625  you will be blessed, 626  because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 627  at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 628  one of those at the meal with Jesus 629  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 630  who will feast 631  in the kingdom of God! 632  14:16 But Jesus 633  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 634  and invited 635  many guests. 636  14:17 At 637  the time for the banquet 638  he sent his slave 639  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 640  began to make excuses. 641  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 642  and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 643  14:19 Another 644  said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 645  and I am going out 646  to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 647  said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 648  14:21 So 649  the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 650  and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 651  to the streets and alleys of the city, 652  and bring in the poor, 653  the crippled, 654  the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 655  the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 656  14:23 So 657  the master said to his 658  slave, ‘Go out to the highways 659  and country roads 660  and urge 661  people 662  to come in, so that my house will be filled. 663  14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 664  who were invited 665  will taste my banquet!’ 666 

Counting the Cost

14:25 Now large crowds 667  were accompanying Jesus, 668  and turning to them he said, 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate 669  his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 670  he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 671  and follow 672  me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 673  first and compute the cost 674  to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 675  when he has laid 676  a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 677  all who see it 678  will begin to make fun of 679  him. 14:30 They will say, 680 This man 681  began to build and was not able to finish!’ 682  14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 683  first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 684  the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 685  he will send a representative 686  while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 687  14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 688 

14:34Salt 689  is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 690  how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 691  for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 692  The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 693 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

15:1 Now all the tax collectors 694  and sinners were coming 695  to hear him. 15:2 But 696  the Pharisees 697  and the experts in the law 698  were complaining, 699 This man welcomes 700  sinners and eats with them.”

15:3 So 701  Jesus 702  told them 703  this parable: 704  15:4 Which one 705  of you, if he has a hundred 706  sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 707  and go look for 708  the one that is lost until he finds it? 709  15:5 Then 710  when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 711  home, he calls together 712  his 713  friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 714  who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 715  who have no need to repent. 716 

15:8Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 717  and loses 718  one of them, 719  does not light a lamp, sweep 720  the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 721  when she has found it, she calls together her 722  friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 723  with me, for I have found the coin 724  that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 725  over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 726  Jesus 727  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 728  younger of them said to his 729  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 730  that will belong 731  to me.’ So 732  he divided his 733  assets between them. 734  15:13 After 735  a few days, 736  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 737  his wealth 738  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 739  after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for 740  one of the citizens of that country, who 741  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 742  15:16 He 743  was longing to eat 744  the carob pods 745  the pigs were eating, but 746  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 747  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 748  enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 749  against heaven 750  and against 751  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 752  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 753  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 754  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 755  he ran and hugged 756  his son 757  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 758  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 759  and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 760  15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 761 Hurry! Bring the best robe, 762  and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 763  and sandals 764  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 765  the fattened calf 766  and kill it! Let us eat 767  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 768  So 769  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 770  he came and approached the house, he heard music 771  and dancing. 15:26 So 772  he called one of the slaves 773  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 774 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 775  because he got his son 776  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 777  became angry 778  and refused 779  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 780  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 781  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 782  you never gave me even a goat 783  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 784  came back, who has devoured 785  your assets with prostitutes, 786  you killed the fattened calf 787  for him!’ 15:31 Then 788  the father 789  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 790  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 791  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 792 

The Parable of the Clever Steward

16:1 Jesus 793  also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 794  that his manager 795  was wasting 796  his assets. 16:2 So 797  he called the manager 798  in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 799  Turn in the account of your administration, 800  because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 801  the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 802  away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 803  and I’m too ashamed 804  to beg. 16:4 I know 805  what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 806  16:5 So 807  he contacted 808  his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 809  replied, ‘A hundred measures 810  of olive oil.’ The manager 811  said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 812  16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 813  replied, ‘A hundred measures 814  of wheat.’ The manager 815  said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 816  16:8 The 817  master commended the dishonest 818  manager because he acted shrewdly. 819  For the people 820  of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 821  than the people 822  of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 823  so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 824  into the eternal homes. 825 

16:10The one who is faithful in a very little 826  is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 827  in handling worldly wealth, 828  who will entrust you with the true riches? 829  16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 830  with someone else’s property, 831  who will give you your own 832 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 833  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 834  the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 835 

More Warnings about the Pharisees

16:14 The Pharisees 836  (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 837  him. 16:15 But 838  Jesus 839  said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 840  but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 841  among men is utterly detestable 842  in God’s sight.

16:16The law and the prophets were in force 843  until John; 844  since then, 845  the good news of the kingdom of God 846  has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 847  16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 848  in the law to become void. 849 

16:18Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 850  someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

16:19There was a rich man who dressed in purple 851  and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 852  every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 853  a poor man named Lazarus 854  whose body was covered with sores, 855  16:21 who longed to eat 856  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 857  came and licked 858  his sores.

16:22Now 859  the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 860  The 861  rich man also died and was buried. 862  16:23 And in hell, 863  as he was in torment, 864  he looked up 865  and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 866  16:24 So 867  he called out, 868 Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 869  to dip the tip of his finger 870  in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 871  in this fire.’ 872  16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 873  remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 874  16:26 Besides all this, 875  a great chasm 876  has been fixed between us, 877  so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So 878  the rich man 879  said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 880  to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 881  them so that they don’t come 882  into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 883 They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 884  them.’ 16:30 Then 885  the rich man 886  said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 887  goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 888  replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 889  Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 890 

Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service

17:1 Jesus 891  said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 892  to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 893  tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 894  than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 895  17:3 Watch 896  yourselves! If 897  your brother 898  sins, rebuke him. If 899  he repents, forgive him. 17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive 900  him.”

17:5 The 901  apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith! 902  17:6 So 903  the Lord replied, 904 If 905  you had faith the size of 906  a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 907  tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 908  and it would obey 909  you.

17:7Would any one of you say 910  to your slave 911  who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal? 912  17:8 Won’t 913  the master 914  instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 915  to serve me while 916  I eat and drink. Then 917  you may eat and drink? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 918  will he? 919  17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 920  we have only done what was our duty.’ 921 

The Grateful Leper

17:11 Now on 922  the way to Jerusalem, 923  Jesus 924  was passing along 925  between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 926  he was entering 927  a village, ten men with leprosy 928  met him. They 929  stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 930  on us.” 17:14 When 931  he saw them he said, “Go 932  and show yourselves to the priests.” 933  And 934  as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 935  God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 936  fell with his face to the ground 937  at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 938  (Now 939  he was a Samaritan.) 940  17:17 Then 941  Jesus said, 942 Were 943  not ten cleansed? Where are the other 944  nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner? 945  17:19 Then 946  he said to the man, 947 Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 948 

The Coming of the Kingdom

17:20 Now at one point 949  the Pharisees 950  asked Jesus 951  when the kingdom of God 952  was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 953  to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 954  in your midst.” 955 

The Coming of the Son of Man

17:22 Then 956  he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 957  of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 958  will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 959  or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 960  17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 961  and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 962  17:25 But first he must 963  suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 964  as it was 965  in the days of Noah, 966  so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 967  were eating, 968  they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 969  the flood came and destroyed them all. 970  17:28 Likewise, just as it was 971  in the days of Lot, people 972  were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; 17:29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 973  17:30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 17:31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, 974  with his goods in the house, must not come down 975  to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 976  17:33 Whoever tries to keep 977  his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 978  will preserve it. 17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 979  17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 980  one will be taken and the other left.”

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17:37 Then 982  the disciples 983  said 984  to him, “Where, 985  Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body 986  is, there the vultures 987  will gather.” 988 

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