1In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
3Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
22And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?3
26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,4 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.
30For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31Instead, seek his5 kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
32“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35“Stay dressed for action6 and keep your lamps burning,
36and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
37Blessed are those servants7 whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
38If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!
39But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he8 would not have left his house to be broken into.
40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?”
42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
43Blessed is that servant9 whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
44Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.
45But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk,
46the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful.
47And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.
48But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
49“I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!
50I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!
51Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
52For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three.
53They will be divided, 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.”
57“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
58As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.
59I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”10
1 Greek Gehenna
2 Greek two assaria; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
3 Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
4 Some manuscripts Consider the lilies; they neither spin nor weave
5 Some manuscripts God’s
6 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11
7 Greek bondservants
8 Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake and
9 Greek bondservant; also verses 45, 46, 47
10 Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)