Bible: Luke 9:51-18:14
Rejection in Samaria
9:51 Now when 1 the days drew near 2 for him to be taken up, 3 Jesus 4 set out resolutely 5 to go to Jerusalem. 6 9:52 He 7 sent messengers on ahead of him. 8 As they went along, 9 they entered a Samaritan village to make things ready in advance 10 for him, 9:53 but the villagers 11 refused to welcome 12 him, because he was determined to go to Jerusalem. 13 9:54 Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume 14 them?” 15 9:55 But Jesus 16 turned and rebuked them, 17 9:56 and they went on to another village.
Challenging Professed Followers
9:57 As 18 they were walking 19 along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 9:58 Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky 21 have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 22 9:59 Jesus 23 said to another, “Follow me.” But he replied, 24 “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 9:60 But Jesus 25 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, 26 but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 27 9:61 Yet 28 another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” 29 9:62 Jesus 30 said to him, “No one who puts his 31 hand to the plow and looks back 32 is fit for the kingdom of God.” 33
The Mission of the Seventy-Two
10:1 After this 34 the Lord appointed seventy-two 35 others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town 36 and place where he himself was about to go. 10:2 He 37 said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest 38 to send out 39 workers into his harvest. 10:3 Go! I 40 am sending you out like lambs 41 surrounded by wolves. 42 10:4 Do not carry 43 a money bag, 44 a traveler’s bag, 45 or sandals, and greet no one on the road. 46 10:5 Whenever 47 you enter a house, 48 first say, ‘May peace 49 be on this house!’ 10:6 And if a peace-loving person 50 is there, your peace will remain on him, but if not, it will return to you. 51 10:7 Stay 52 in that same house, eating and drinking what they give you, 53 for the worker deserves his pay. 54 Do not move around from house to house. 10:8 Whenever 55 you enter a town 56 and the people 57 welcome you, eat what is set before you. 10:9 Heal 58 the sick in that town 59 and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God 60 has come upon 61 you!’ 10:10 But whenever 62 you enter a town 63 and the people 64 do not welcome 65 you, go into its streets 66 and say, 10:11 ‘Even the dust of your town 67 that clings to our feet we wipe off 68 against you. 69 Nevertheless know this: The kingdom of God has come.’ 70 10:12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom 71 than for that town! 72
10:13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! 73 Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if 74 the miracles 75 done in you had been done in Tyre 76 and Sidon, 77 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, 78 will you be exalted to heaven? 79 No, you will be thrown down to Hades! 80
10:17 Then 85 the seventy-two 86 returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to 87 us in your name!” 88 10:18 So 89 he said to them, “I saw 90 Satan fall 91 like lightning 92 from heaven. 10:19 Look, I have given you authority to tread 93 on snakes and scorpions 94 and on the full force of the enemy, 95 and nothing will 96 hurt you. 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that 97 the spirits submit to you, but rejoice 98 that your names stand written 99 in heaven.”
10:21 On that same occasion 100 Jesus 101 rejoiced 102 in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise 103 you, Father, Lord 104 of heaven and earth, because 105 you have hidden these things from the wise 106 and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. 107 10:22 All things have been given to me by my Father. 108 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 109 to reveal him.”
10:23 Then 110 Jesus 111 turned 112 to his 113 disciples and said privately, “Blessed 114 are the eyes that see what you see! 10:24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings longed to see 115 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 116 an expert in religious law 117 stood up to test Jesus, 118 saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 119 10:26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” 120 10:27 The expert 121 answered, “Love 122 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, 123 and love your neighbor as yourself.” 124 10:28 Jesus 125 said to him, “You have answered correctly; 126 do this, and you will live.”
10:29 But the expert, 127 wanting to justify 128 himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 10:30 Jesus replied, 129 “A man was going down 130 from Jerusalem 131 to Jericho, 132 and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat 133 him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 134 10:31 Now by chance 135 a priest was going down that road, but 136 when he saw the injured man 137 he passed by 138 on the other side. 139 10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to 140 the place and saw him, 141 passed by on the other side. 10:33 But 142 a Samaritan 143 who was traveling 144 came to where the injured man 145 was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 146 10:34 He 147 went up to him 148 and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil 149 and wine on them. Then 150 he put him on 151 his own animal, 152 brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The 153 next day he took out two silver coins 154 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.’ 155 10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor 156 to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 10:37 The expert in religious law 157 said, “The one who showed mercy 158 to him.” So 159 Jesus said to him, “Go and do 160 the same.”
Jesus and Martha
10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus 161 entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. 162 10:39 She 163 had a sister named Mary, who sat 164 at the Lord’s feet 165 and listened to what he said. 10:40 But Martha was distracted 166 with all the preparations she had to make, 167 so 168 she came up to him and said, “Lord, don’t you care 169 that my sister has left me to do all the work 170 alone? Tell 171 her to help me.” 10:41 But the Lord 172 answered her, 173 “Martha, Martha, 174 you are worried and troubled 175 about many things, 10:42 but one thing 176 is needed. Mary has chosen the best 177 part; it will not be taken away from her.”
Instructions on Prayer
11:1 Now 178 Jesus 179 was praying in a certain place. When 180 he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John 181 taught 182 his disciples.” 11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 183 say:
may your kingdom come. 186
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread, 187
11:4 and forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins 188 against us.
And do not lead us into temptation.” 189
11:5 Then 190 he said to them, “Suppose one of you 191 has a friend, and you go to him 192 at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 193 11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, 194 and I have nothing to set before 195 him.’ 11:7 Then 196 he will reply 197 from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. 198 I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 199 11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside 200 will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s 201 sheer persistence 202 he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 “So 203 I tell you: Ask, 204 and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door 205 will be opened for you. 11:10 For everyone who asks 206 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door 207 will be opened. 11:11 What father among you, if your 208 son asks for 209 a fish, will give him a snake 210 instead of a fish? 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 211 11:13 If you then, although you are 212 evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit 213 to those who ask him!”
Jesus and Beelzebul
11:14 Now 214 he was casting out a demon that was mute. 215 When 216 the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute began to speak, 217 and the crowds were amazed. 11:15 But some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, 218 the ruler 219 of demons, he casts out demons.” 11:16 Others, to test 220 him, 221 began asking for 222 a sign 223 from heaven. 11:17 But Jesus, 224 realizing their thoughts, said to them, 225 “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, 226 and a divided household falls. 227 11:18 So 228 if 229 Satan too is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? I ask you this because 230 you claim that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 11:19 Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons 231 cast them 232 out? Therefore they will be your judges. 11:20 But if I cast out demons by the finger 233 of God, then the kingdom of God 234 has already overtaken 235 you. 11:21 When a strong man, 236 fully armed, guards his own palace, 237 his possessions are safe. 238 11:22 But 239 when a stronger man 240 attacks 241 and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s 242 armor on which the man relied 243 and divides up 244 his plunder. 245 11:23 Whoever is not with me is against me, 246 and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 247
Response to Jesus’ Work
11:24 “When an unclean spirit 248 goes out of a person, 249 it passes through waterless places 250 looking for rest but 251 not finding any. Then 252 it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 253 11:25 When it returns, 254 it finds the house 255 swept clean and put in order. 256 11:26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 257 the last state of that person 258 is worse than the first.” 259
11:27 As 260 he said these things, a woman in the crowd spoke out 261 to him, “Blessed is the womb 262 that bore you and the breasts at which you nursed!” 263 11:28 But he replied, 264 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey 265 it!”
The Sign of Jonah
11:29 As 266 the crowds were increasing, Jesus 267 began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 268 but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 269 11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 270 so the Son of Man will be a sign 271 to this generation. 272 11:31 The queen of the South 273 will rise up at the judgment 274 with the people 275 of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 276 something greater 277 than Solomon is here! 11:32 The people 278 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 279 – and now, 280 something greater than Jonah is here!
11:33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a hidden place 281 or under a basket, 282 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, 283 your whole body is full of light, but when it is diseased, 284 your body is full of darkness. 11:35 Therefore see to it 285 that the light in you 286 is not darkness. 11:36 If 287 then 288 your whole body is full of light, with no part in the dark, 289 it will be as full of light as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” 290
Rebuking the Pharisees and Experts in the Law
11:37 As he spoke, 291 a Pharisee 292 invited Jesus 293 to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table. 294 11:38 The 295 Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus 296 did not first wash his hands 297 before the meal. 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean 298 the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 299 11:40 You fools! 300 Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well? 301 11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, 302 and 303 then everything will be clean for you. 304
11:42 “But woe to you Pharisees! 305 You give a tenth 306 of your mint, 307 rue, 308 and every herb, yet you neglect justice 309 and love for God! But you should have done these things without neglecting the others. 310 11:43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the best seats 311 in the synagogues 312 and elaborate greetings 313 in the marketplaces! 11:44 Woe to you! 314 You are like unmarked graves, and people 315 walk over them without realizing it!” 316
11:45 One of the experts in religious law 317 answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult 318 us too.” 11:46 But Jesus 319 replied, 320 “Woe to you experts in religious law as well! 321 You load people 322 down with burdens difficult to bear, yet you yourselves refuse to touch 323 the burdens with even one of your fingers! 11:47 Woe to you! You build 324 the tombs of the prophets whom your ancestors 325 killed. 11:48 So you testify that you approve of 326 the deeds of your ancestors, 327 because they killed the prophets 328 and you build their 329 tombs! 330 11:49 For this reason also the wisdom 331 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 332 for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning 333 of the world, 334 11:51 from the blood of Abel 335 to the blood of Zechariah, 336 who was killed 337 between the altar and the sanctuary. 338 Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against 339 this generation. 11:52 Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away 340 the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered 341 those who were going in.”
11:53 When he went out from there, the experts in the law 342 and the Pharisees began to oppose him bitterly, 343 and to ask him hostile questions 344 about many things, 11:54 plotting against 345 him, to catch 346 him in something he might say.
Fear God, Not People
12:1 Meanwhile, 347 when many thousands of the crowd had gathered so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus 348 began to speak first to his disciples, “Be on your guard against 349 the yeast of the Pharisees, 350 which is hypocrisy. 351 12:2 Nothing is hidden 352 that will not be revealed, 353 and nothing is secret that will not be made known. 12:3 So then 354 whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered 355 in private rooms 356 will be proclaimed from the housetops. 357
12:4 “I 358 tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, 359 and after that have nothing more they can do. 12:5 But I will warn 360 you whom you should fear: Fear the one who, after the killing, 361 has authority to throw you 362 into hell. 363 Yes, I tell you, fear him! 12:6 Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? 364 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; 365 you are more valuable than many sparrows.
12:8 “I 366 tell you, whoever acknowledges 367 me before men, 368 the Son of Man will also acknowledge 369 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 370 will not be forgiven. 371 12:11 But when they bring you before the synagogues, 372 the 373 rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you should make your defense 374 or what you should say, 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment 375 what you must say.” 376
The Parable of the Rich Landowner
12:13 Then 377 someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell 378 my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 12:14 But Jesus 379 said to him, “Man, 380 who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 381 12:15 Then 382 he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from 383 all types of greed, 384 because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 12:16 He then 385 told them a parable: 386 “The land of a certain rich man produced 387 an abundant crop, 12:17 so 388 he thought to himself, 389 ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 390 12:18 Then 391 he said, ‘I 392 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, 393 “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 394 will be demanded back from 395 you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 396 12:21 So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, 397 but is not rich toward God.”
Exhortation Not to Worry
12:22 Then 398 Jesus 399 said to his 400 disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 401 about your 402 life, what you will eat, or about your 403 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: 404 They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds 405 them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 12:25 And which of you by worrying 406 can add an hour to his life? 407 12:26 So if 408 you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about 409 the rest? 12:27 Consider how the flowers 410 grow; they do not work 411 or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 12:28 And if 412 this is how God clothes the wild grass, 413 which is here 414 today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 415 how much more 416 will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 12:29 So 417 do not be overly concerned about 418 what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 419 12:30 For all the nations of the world pursue 420 these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 12:31 Instead, pursue 421 his 422 kingdom, 423 and these things will be given to you as well.
12:32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased 424 to give you the kingdom. 12:33 Sell your possessions 425 and give to the poor. 426 Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven 427 that never decreases, 428 where no thief approaches and no moth 429 destroys. 12:34 For where your treasure 430 is, there your heart will be also.
Call to Faithful Stewardship
12:35 “Get dressed for service 431 and keep your lamps burning; 432 12:36 be like people 433 waiting for their master to come back from the wedding celebration, 434 so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 12:37 Blessed are those slaves 435 whom their master finds alert 436 when he returns! I tell you the truth, 437 he will dress himself to serve, 438 have them take their place at the table, 439 and will come 440 and wait on them! 441 12:38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night 442 and finds them alert, 443 blessed are those slaves! 444 12:39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief 445 was coming, he would not have let 446 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.” 447
12:41 Then 448 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?” 449 12:42 The Lord replied, 450 “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, 451 whom the master puts in charge of his household servants, 452 to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? 12:43 Blessed is that slave 453 whom his master finds at work 454 when he returns. 12:44 I tell you the truth, 455 the master 456 will put him in charge of all his possessions. 12:45 But if 457 that 458 slave should say to himself, 459 ‘My master is delayed 460 in returning,’ and he begins to beat 461 the other 462 slaves, both men and women, 463 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, 464 and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 465 12:47 That 466 servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked 467 will receive a severe beating. 12:48 But the one who did not know his master’s will 468 and did things worthy of punishment 469 will receive a light beating. 470 From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, 471 and from the one who has been entrusted with much, 472 even more will be asked. 473
Not Peace, but Division
12:49 “I have come 474 to bring 475 fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 I have a baptism 476 to undergo, 477 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! 478 12:52 For from now on 479 there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. 12:53 They will be divided, 480 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 481 also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, 482 you say at once, ‘A rainstorm 483 is coming,’ and it does. 12:55 And when you see the south wind 484 blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. 12:56 You hypocrites! 485 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how 486 to interpret the present time?
Clear the Debts
12:57 “And 487 why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 12:58 As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, 488 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, 489 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!” 490
A Call to Repent
13:1 Now 491 there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 492 13:2 He 493 answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 494 than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 495 you will all perish as well! 496 13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 497 when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 498 do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 499 13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 500 you will all perish as well!” 501
Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit
13:6 Then 502 Jesus 503 told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 504 planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 505 he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 506 three years 507 now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 508 I find none. Cut 509 it down! Why 510 should it continue to deplete 511 the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 512 answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 513 on it. 13:9 Then if 514 it bears fruit next year, 515 very well, 516 but if 517 not, you can cut it down.’”
Healing on the Sabbath
13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 518 on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 519 who had been disabled by a spirit 520 for eighteen years. She 521 was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 522 13:12 When 523 Jesus saw her, he called her to him 524 and said, “Woman, 525 you are freed 526 from your infirmity.” 527 13:13 Then 528 he placed his hands on her, and immediately 529 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 530 should be done! 531 So come 532 and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 533 “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 534 and lead it to water? 535 13:16 Then 536 shouldn’t 537 this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 538 bound for eighteen long 539 years, be released from this imprisonment 540 on the Sabbath day?” 13:17 When 541 he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 542 but 543 the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 544 he was doing. 545
On the Kingdom of God
13:18 Thus Jesus 546 asked, 547 “What is the kingdom of God 548 like? 549 To 550 what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 551 that a man took and sowed 552 in his garden. It 553 grew and became a tree, 554 and the wild birds 555 nested in its branches.” 556
The Narrow Door
13:22 Then 562 Jesus 563 traveled throughout 564 towns 565 and villages, teaching and making his way toward 566 Jerusalem. 567 13:23 Someone 568 asked 569 him, “Lord, will only a few 570 be saved?” So 571 he said to them, 13:24 “Exert every effort 572 to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 573 the head of the house 574 gets up 575 and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 576 let us in!’ 577 But he will answer you, 578 ‘I don’t know where you come from.’ 579 13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 580 13:27 But 581 he will reply, 582 ‘I don’t know where you come from! 583 Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 584 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 585 when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 586 and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 587 but you yourselves thrown out. 588 13:29 Then 589 people 590 will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 591 in the kingdom of God. 592 13:30 But 593 indeed, 594 some are last 595 who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Going to Jerusalem
13:31 At that time, 596 some Pharisees 597 came up and said to Jesus, 598 “Get away from here, 599 because Herod 600 wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 601 he said to them, “Go 602 and tell that fox, 603 ‘Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 604 I will complete my work. 605 13:33 Nevertheless I must 606 go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 607 that a prophet should be killed 608 outside Jerusalem.’ 609 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 610 you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 611 How often I have longed 612 to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 613 you would have none of it! 614 13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 615 And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 616
Healing Again on the Sabbath
14:1 Now 617 one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 618 at the house of a leader 619 of the Pharisees, 620 they were watching 621 him closely. 14:2 There 622 right 623 in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 624 14:3 So 625 Jesus asked 626 the experts in religious law 627 and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 628 or not?” 14:4 But they remained silent. So 629 Jesus 630 took hold of the man, 631 healed him, and sent him away. 632 14:5 Then 633 he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 634 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 14:6 But 635 they could not reply 636 to this.
On Seeking Seats of Honor
14:7 Then 637 when Jesus 638 noticed how the guests 639 chose the places of honor, 640 he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 641 do not take 642 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 643 14:9 So 644 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 645 you will begin to move to the least important 646 place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 647 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 648 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 649 the one who humbles 650 himself will be exalted.”
14:12 He 651 said also to the man 652 who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 653 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, 654 invite the poor, the crippled, 655 the lame, and 656 the blind. 657 14:14 Then 658 you will be blessed, 659 because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 660 at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
14:15 When 661 one of those at the meal with Jesus 662 heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 663 who will feast 664 in the kingdom of God!” 665 14:16 But Jesus 666 said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 667 and invited 668 many guests. 669 14:17 At 670 the time for the banquet 671 he sent his slave 672 to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 673 began to make excuses. 674 The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 675 and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 676 14:19 Another 677 said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 678 and I am going out 679 to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 680 said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 681 14:21 So 682 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 683 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 684 to the streets and alleys of the city, 685 and bring in the poor, 686 the crippled, 687 the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 688 the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 689 14:23 So 690 the master said to his 691 slave, ‘Go out to the highways 692 and country roads 693 and urge 694 people 695 to come in, so that my house will be filled. 696 14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 697 who were invited 698 will taste my banquet!’” 699
Counting the Cost
14:25 Now large crowds 700 were accompanying Jesus, 701 and turning to them he said, 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate 702 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 703 he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 704 and follow 705 me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 706 first and compute the cost 707 to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 708 when he has laid 709 a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 710 all who see it 711 will begin to make fun of 712 him. 14:30 They will say, 713 ‘This man 714 began to build and was not able to finish!’ 715 14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 716 first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 717 the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 718 he will send a representative 719 while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 720 14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 721
14:34 “Salt 722 is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 723 how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 724 for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 725 The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 726
The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin
15:1 Now all the tax collectors 727 and sinners were coming 728 to hear him. 15:2 But 729 the Pharisees 730 and the experts in the law 731 were complaining, 732 “This man welcomes 733 sinners and eats with them.”
15:3 So 734 Jesus 735 told them 736 this parable: 737 15:4 “Which one 738 of you, if he has a hundred 739 sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 740 and go look for 741 the one that is lost until he finds it? 742 15:5 Then 743 when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 744 home, he calls together 745 his 746 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 747 who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 748 who have no need to repent. 749
15:8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 750 and loses 751 one of them, 752 does not light a lamp, sweep 753 the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 754 when she has found it, she calls together her 755 friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 756 with me, for I have found the coin 757 that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 758 over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Compassionate Father
15:11 Then 759 Jesus 760 said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 761 younger of them said to his 762 father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 763 that will belong 764 to me.’ So 765 he divided his 766 assets between them. 767 15:13 After 768 a few days, 769 the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 770 his wealth 771 with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 772 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 773 one of the citizens of that country, who 774 sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 775 15:16 He 776 was longing to eat 777 the carob pods 778 the pigs were eating, but 779 no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 780 he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 781 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 782 against heaven 783 and against 784 you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 785 like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 786 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 787 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 788 he ran and hugged 789 his son 790 and kissed him. 15:21 Then 791 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 792 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 793 15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 794 ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, 795 and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 796 and sandals 797 on his feet! 15:23 Bring 798 the fattened calf 799 and kill it! Let us eat 800 and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 801 So 802 they began to celebrate.
15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As 803 he came and approached the house, he heard music 804 and dancing. 15:26 So 805 he called one of the slaves 806 and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 807 ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 808 because he got his son 809 back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 810 became angry 811 and refused 812 to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 813 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 814 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 815 you never gave me even a goat 816 so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 817 came back, who has devoured 818 your assets with prostitutes, 819 you killed the fattened calf 820 for him!’ 15:31 Then 821 the father 822 said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 823 to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 824 was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’” 825
The Parable of the Clever Steward
16:1 Jesus 826 also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 827 that his manager 828 was wasting 829 his assets. 16:2 So 830 he called the manager 831 in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 832 Turn in the account of your administration, 833 because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 834 the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 835 away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 836 and I’m too ashamed 837 to beg. 16:4 I know 838 what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 839 16:5 So 840 he contacted 841 his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 842 replied, ‘A hundred measures 843 of olive oil.’ The manager 844 said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 845 16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 846 replied, ‘A hundred measures 847 of wheat.’ The manager 848 said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 849 16:8 The 850 master commended the dishonest 851 manager because he acted shrewdly. 852 For the people 853 of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 854 than the people 855 of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 856 so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 857 into the eternal homes. 858
16:10 “The one who is faithful in a very little 859 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 860 in handling worldly wealth, 861 who will entrust you with the true riches? 862 16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 863 with someone else’s property, 864 who will give you your own 865 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 866 the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 867 the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 868
More Warnings about the Pharisees
16:14 The Pharisees 869 (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 870 him. 16:15 But 871 Jesus 872 said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 873 but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 874 among men is utterly detestable 875 in God’s sight.
16:16 “The law and the prophets were in force 876 until John; 877 since then, 878 the good news of the kingdom of God 879 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 880 16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 881 in the law to become void. 882
16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 883 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 884 and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 885 every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 886 a poor man named Lazarus 887 whose body was covered with sores, 888 16:21 who longed to eat 889 what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 890 came and licked 891 his sores.
16:22 “Now 892 the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 893 The 894 rich man also died and was buried. 895 16:23 And in hell, 896 as he was in torment, 897 he looked up 898 and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 899 16:24 So 900 he called out, 901 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 902 to dip the tip of his finger 903 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 904 in this fire.’ 905 16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 906 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. 907 16:26 Besides all this, 908 a great chasm 909 has been fixed between us, 910 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 911 the rich man 912 said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 913 to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 914 them so that they don’t come 915 into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 916 ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 917 them.’ 16:30 Then 918 the rich man 919 said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 920 goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 921 replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 922 Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” 923
Sin, Forgiveness, Faith, and Service
17:1 Jesus 924 said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe 925 to the one through whom they come! 17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone 926 tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea 927 than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 928 17:3 Watch 929 yourselves! If 930 your brother 931 sins, rebuke him. If 932 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 933 him.”
17:5 The 934 apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 935 17:6 So 936 the Lord replied, 937 “If 938 you had faith the size of 939 a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry 940 tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ 941 and it would obey 942 you.
17:7 “Would any one of you say 943 to your slave 944 who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? 945 17:8 Won’t 946 the master 947 instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready 948 to serve me while 949 I eat and drink. Then 950 you may eat and drink’? 17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, 951 will he? 952 17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; 953 we have only done what was our duty.’” 954
The Grateful Leper
17:11 Now on 955 the way to Jerusalem, 956 Jesus 957 was passing along 958 between Samaria and Galilee. 17:12 As 959 he was entering 960 a village, ten men with leprosy 961 met him. They 962 stood at a distance, 17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy 963 on us.” 17:14 When 964 he saw them he said, “Go 965 and show yourselves to the priests.” 966 And 967 as they went along, they were cleansed. 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising 968 God with a loud voice. 17:16 He 969 fell with his face to the ground 970 at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. 971 (Now 972 he was a Samaritan.) 973 17:17 Then 974 Jesus said, 975 “Were 976 not ten cleansed? Where are the other 977 nine? 17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 978 17:19 Then 979 he said to the man, 980 “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.” 981
The Coming of the Kingdom
17:20 Now at one point 982 the Pharisees 983 asked Jesus 984 when the kingdom of God 985 was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs 986 to be observed, 17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is 987 in your midst.” 988
The Coming of the Son of Man
17:22 Then 989 he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days 990 of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people 991 will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ 992 or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 993 17:24 For just like the lightning flashes 994 and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 995 17:25 But first he must 996 suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just 997 as it was 998 in the days of Noah, 999 so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People 1000 were eating, 1001 they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then 1002 the flood came and destroyed them all. 1003 17:28 Likewise, just as it was 1004 in the days of Lot, people 1005 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. 1006 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, 1007 with his goods in the house, must not come down 1008 to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back. 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife! 1009 17:33 Whoever tries to keep 1010 his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life 1011 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. 1012 17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; 1013 one will be taken and the other left.”17:36 [[EMPTY]] 1014
Prayer and the Parable of the Persistent Widow
18:1 Then 1022 Jesus 1023 told them a parable to show them they should always 1024 pray and not lose heart. 1025 18:2 He said, 1026 “In a certain city 1027 there was a judge 1028 who neither feared God nor respected people. 1029 18:3 There was also a widow 1030 in that city 1031 who kept coming 1032 to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 18:4 For 1033 a while he refused, but later on 1034 he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 1035 18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 1036 by her unending pleas.’” 1037 18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 1038 18:7 Won’t 1039 God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 1040 to him day and night? 1041 Will he delay 1042 long to help them? 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 1043 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 1044 on earth?”
The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector
18:9 Jesus 1045 also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 1046 on everyone else. 18:10 “Two men went up 1047 to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 1048 and the other a tax collector. 1049 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 1050 ‘God, I thank 1051 you that I am not like other people: 1052 extortionists, 1053 unrighteous people, 1054 adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 1055 18:12 I fast twice 1056 a week; I give a tenth 1057 of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood 1058 far off and would not even look up 1059 to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 1060 to me, sinner that I am!’ 1061 18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 1062 rather than the Pharisee. 1063 For everyone who exalts 1064 himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”