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
10:13 “Woe 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
10:17 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:
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.
11:9 “So 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
11:24 “When 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!
11:33 “No 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
11:42 “But 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
12:4 “I 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.
12:8 “I 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.
12:32 “Do 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
12:35 “Get 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
12:49 “I 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
12:57 “And 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
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
14:34 “Salt 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
15:8 “Or 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.
15:25 “Now 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
16:10 “The 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.
16:16 “The 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
16:18 “Everyone 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
16:19 “There 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.
16:22 “Now 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.
17:7 “Would 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.”17:36 [[EMPTY]] 981