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1 Under these circumstances, after 1so many thousands of 2people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “aBeware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 “aBut there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
4 “I say to you, aMy friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
7 “aIndeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
8 “And I say to you, everyone who aconfesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;
12 for athe Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
13 Someone 1in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, “aMan, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
15 Then He said to them, “aBeware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, ayou have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.” ’
21 “So is the man who astores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
27 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even aSolomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
28 “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? aYou men of little faith!
29 “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not akeep worrying.
30 “For 1all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.
31 “But seek His kingdom, and athese things will be added to you.
34 “For awhere your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
37 “Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find aon the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that bhe will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
41 Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or ato everyone else as well?”
45 “But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master 1will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
47 “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will areceive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not aknow it, and committed deeds worthy of 1a flogging, will receive but few. bFrom everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
51 “aDo you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;
53 “They will be divided, afather against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “aWhen you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.
55 “And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a ahot day,’ and it turns out that way.
57 “And awhy do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
58 “For awhile you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to 1settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
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