Bible: Luke 11:14-13:35

Jesus and Beelzebul

11:14 Now 1  he was casting out a demon that was mute. 2  When 3  the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 4  and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 5  the ruler 6  of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 7  him, 8  began asking for 9  a sign 10  from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 11  realizing their thoughts, said to them, 12 Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 13  and a divided household falls. 14  11:18 So 15  if 16  Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 17  you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 18  cast them 19  out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 20  of God, then the kingdom of God 21  has already overtaken 22  you. 11:21 When a strong man, 23  fully armed, guards his own palace, 24  his possessions are safe. 25  11:22 But 26  when a stronger man 27  attacks 28  and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 29  armor on which the man relied 30  and divides up 31  his plunder. 32  11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 33  and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 34 

Response to Jesus’ Work

11:24When an unclean spirit 35  goes out of a person, 36  it passes through waterless places 37  looking for rest but 38  not finding any. Then 39  it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 40  11:25 When it returns, 41  it finds the house 42  swept clean and put in order. 43  11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 44  the last state of that person 45  is worse than the first.” 46 

11:27 As 47  he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 48  to him, “Blessed is the womb 49  that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed! 50  11:28 But he replied, 51 Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 52  it!

The Sign of Jonah

11:29 As 53  the crowds were increasing, Jesus 54  began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 55  but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 56  11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 57  so the Son of Man will be a sign 58  to this generation. 59  11:31 The queen of the South 60  will rise up at the judgment 61  with the people 62  of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 63  something greater 64  than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 65  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 66  – and now, 67  something greater than Jonah is here!

Internal Light

11:33No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 68  or under a basket, 69  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, 70  your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 71  your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 72  that the light in you 73  is not darkness. 11:36 If 74  then 75  your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 76  it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 77 

Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law

11:37 As he spoke, 78  a Pharisee 79  invited Jesus 80  to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 81  11:38 The 82  Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 83  did not first wash his hands 84  before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 85  the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 86  11:40 You fools! 87  Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 88  11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 89  and 90  then everything will be clean for you. 91 

11:42But woe to you Pharisees! 92  You give a tenth 93  of your mint, 94  rue, 95  and every herb, yet you neglect justice 96  and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 97  11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 98  in the synagogues 99  and elaborate greetings 100  in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 101  You are like unmarked graves, and people 102  walk over them without realizing it! 103 

11:45 One of the experts in religious law 104  answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 105  us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 106  replied, 107 Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 108  You load people 109  down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 110  the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 111  the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 112  killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 113  the deeds of your ancestors, 114  because they killed the prophets 115  and you build their 116  tombs! 117  11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 118  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 119  for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 120  of the world, 121  11:51 from the blood of Abel 122  to the blood of Zechariah, 123  who was killed 124  between the altar and the sanctuary. 125  Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 126  this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 127  the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 128  those who were going in.”

11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 129  and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 130  and to ask him hostile questions 131  about many things, 11:54 plotting against 132  him, to catch 133  him in something he might say.

Fear God, Not People

12:1 Meanwhile, 134  when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 135  began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 136  the yeast of the Pharisees, 137  which is hypocrisy. 138  12:2 Nothing is hidden 139  that will not be revealed, 140  and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 141  whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 142  in private rooms 143  will be proclaimed from the housetops. 144 

12:4I 145  tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 146  and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 147  you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 148  has authority to throw you 149  into hell. 150  Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 151  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; 152  you are more valuable than many sparrows.

12:8I 153  tell you, whoever acknowledges 154  me before men, 155  the Son of Man will also acknowledge 156  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 157  will not be forgiven. 158  12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 159  the 160  rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 161  or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 162  what you must say.” 163 

The Parable of the Rich Landowner

12:13 Then 164  someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 165  my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 166  said to him, “Man, 167  who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two? 168  12:15 Then 169  he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 170  all types of greed, 171  because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 172  told them a parable: 173  “The land of a certain rich man produced 174  an abundant crop, 12:17 so 175  he thought to himself, 176 What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 177  12:18 Then 178  he said, ‘I 179  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, 180 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 181  will be demanded back from 182  you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 183  12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 184  but is not rich toward God.”

Exhortation Not to Worry

12:22 Then 185  Jesus 186  said to his 187  disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 188  about your 189  life, what you will eat, or about your 190  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: 191  They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 192  them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 193  can add an hour to his life? 194  12:26 So if 195  you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 196  the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 197  grow; they do not work 198  or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 199  this is how God clothes the wild grass, 200  which is here 201  today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 202  how much more 203  will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 204  do not be overly concerned about 205  what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 206  12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 207  these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 208  his 209  kingdom, 210  and these things will be given to you as well.

12:32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 211  to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 212  and give to the poor. 213  Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 214  that never decreases, 215  where no thief approaches and no moth 216  destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 217  is, there your heart will be also.

Call to Faithful Stewardship

12:35Get dressed for service 218  and keep your lamps burning; 219  12:36 be like people 220  waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 221  so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 222  whom their master finds alert 223  when he returns! I tell you the truth, 224  he will dress himself to serve, 225  have them take their place at the table, 226  and will come 227  and wait on them! 228  12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 229  and finds them alert, 230  blessed are those slaves! 231  12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 232  was coming, he would not have let 233  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.” 234 

12:41 Then 235  Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone? 236  12:42 The Lord replied, 237 Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 238  whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 239  to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 240  whom his master finds at work 241  when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 242  the master 243  will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 244  that 245  slave should say to himself, 246 My master is delayed 247  in returning,’ and he begins to beat 248  the other 249  slaves, both men and women, 250  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, 251  and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 252  12:47 That 253  servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 254  will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 255  and did things worthy of punishment 256  will receive a light beating. 257  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 258  and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 259  even more will be asked. 260 

Not Peace, but Division

12:49I have come 261  to bring 262  fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 263  to undergo, 264  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! 265  12:52 For from now on 266  there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 267  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 268  also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 269  you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 270  is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 271  blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 272  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 273  to interpret the present time?

Clear the Debts

12:57And 274  why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 275  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, 276  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!” 277 

A Call to Repent

13:1 Now 278  there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 279  13:2 He 280  answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 281  than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 282  you will all perish as well! 283  13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 284  when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 285  do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 286  13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 287  you will all perish as well! 288 

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

13:6 Then 289  Jesus 290  told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 291  planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 292  he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 293  three years 294  now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 295  I find none. Cut 296  it down! Why 297  should it continue to deplete 298  the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 299  answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 300  on it. 13:9 Then if 301  it bears fruit next year, 302  very well, 303  but if 304  not, you can cut it down.’

Healing on the Sabbath

13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 305  on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 306  who had been disabled by a spirit 307  for eighteen years. She 308  was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 309  13:12 When 310  Jesus saw her, he called her to him 311  and said, “Woman, 312  you are freed 313  from your infirmity.” 314  13:13 Then 315  he placed his hands on her, and immediately 316  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 317  should be done! 318  So come 319  and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 320 You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 321  and lead it to water? 322  13:16 Then 323  shouldn’t 324  this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 325  bound for eighteen long 326  years, be released from this imprisonment 327  on the Sabbath day? 13:17 When 328  he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 329  but 330  the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 331  he was doing. 332 

On the Kingdom of God

13:18 Thus Jesus 333  asked, 334 What is the kingdom of God 335  like? 336  To 337  what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 338  that a man took and sowed 339  in his garden. It 340  grew and became a tree, 341  and the wild birds 342  nested in its branches.” 343 

13:20 Again 344  he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 345  13:21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 346  three measures 347  of flour until all the dough had risen.” 348 

The Narrow Door

13:22 Then 349  Jesus 350  traveled throughout 351  towns 352  and villages, teaching and making his way toward 353  Jerusalem. 354  13:23 Someone 355  asked 356  him, “Lord, will only a few 357  be saved?” So 358  he said to them, 13:24 Exert every effort 359  to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 360  the head of the house 361  gets up 362  and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 363  let us in!’ 364  But he will answer you, 365 I don’t know where you come from.’ 366  13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 367  13:27 But 368  he will reply, 369 I don’t know where you come from! 370  Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 371  13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 372  when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 373  and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 374  but you yourselves thrown out. 375  13:29 Then 376  people 377  will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 378  in the kingdom of God. 379  13:30 But 380  indeed, 381  some are last 382  who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Going to Jerusalem

13:31 At that time, 383  some Pharisees 384  came up and said to Jesus, 385 Get away from here, 386  because Herod 387  wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 388  he said to them, “Go 389  and tell that fox, 390 Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 391  I will complete my work. 392  13:33 Nevertheless I must 393  go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 394  that a prophet should be killed 395  outside Jerusalem.’ 396  13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 397  you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 398  How often I have longed 399  to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 400  you would have none of it! 401  13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 402  And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 403 

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