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12:1As the crowd grew to tens of thousands, to the point that they were stepping on each other, Jesus turned to speak only to his disciples: “Beware of the ‘yeast’ of the Pharisees, which is their pedantry.12:2Everything that has been covered up will surely be revealed, and everything that has been concealed will surely be made known.12:3For whatever you say in the dark will be heard in the light, and whatever you whisper in the back rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.

12:4”Now I say to you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body but can do no more beyond that.12:5Let me show you who you should fear: the One who, after killing the body, has the jurisdiction to throw you into Gehenna!1 Yes, I tell you, fear this One!

12:6“Aren’t five sparrows sold for dirt cheap? Yet not one of them passes from God’s sight.12:7In fact, even the hairs on your head are counted! So don’t be afraid; you are worth so much more than many sparrows.

12:8“Now I say this to you all: Whoever acknowledges me in front of other people is the one the Human will acknowledge in front of the Messengers of God.12:9Yet whoever renounces me in front of other people will be completely renounced in front of the Messengers of God.12:10Everyone who speaks against the Human will be forgiven, but everyone who slanders the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.12:11So whenever they may bring you before the synagogues and their rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you should say,12:12because the Holy Spirit will teach you what to say at that time.”

12:13Now someone from the crowd said, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the estate with me!”12:14But Jesus replied, “You there— who appointed me as the judge or executor of your estate?”12:15And then he said to them, “Watch and be on your guard against all kinds of greed, because your life is not found in the abundance of your possessions.”

12:16Then he gave them this parable: “There was a rich person whose farm produced a bumper crop.12:17And he began to think to himself, ‘What will I do with all this? I have no place to put it.’12:18Then he said, ‘I know… I’ll demolish the existing barns and build bigger ones! Then I will fill them with all my grain and possessions,12:19and say to myself, “Man, you have it made for many years to come. Let the party begin!”’12:20But God said to him, ‘Dimwit! This very night your life will be demanded back from you; then who will benefit from all your preparations?’12:21And so it will also be for those who store up only for themselves but are not rich with the things of God.”

12:22Then he turned back toward his disciples and said, “This is why I tell you not to worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear.12:23For your life is more than its food, and your body is more than its clothing.12:24Take a good look at the ravens; they don’t plant or harvest, and they have no barns. But God feeds them, and you are so much more valuable than birds!12:25Yet which of you by worrying can add an hour to your life?212:26So if you can’t do such a little thing as that, then why worry about the rest?

12:27“Consider how the lilies grow: they don’t toil or weave cloth, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his majesty was as nicely dressed as one of these!12:28And if God so clothes the grass of the field which is here one day and burned up the next, then how much more will he also clothe you, you skeptics?12:29So don’t focus on what you will eat or drink; don’t keep in suspense about these things.12:30All the other people in the world do this, but your Father is aware that you need them.12:31Focus instead on his kingdom, and all these other things will be added to you.

12:32“Don’t be afraid, little flock, for your Father delighted in giving you the kingdom.12:33Sell your possessions and donate them to the poor. Make for yourselves money pouches that don’t wear out, a limitless treasure in the heavens where the thief cannot come near and the moth cannot cause decay.12:34For wherever your treasure is, that’s where your thoughts will be.

12:35“Prepare yourselves for travel, light your lamps!12:36Be like people who are anticipating their master after he leaves a wedding, so that when he comes and knocks they can quickly open the door for him.12:37Happy are those slaves the master finds in a state of alertness! I tell you truly that he will dress himself like a servant and wait on them at the table.12:38Those servants will be happy if he finds them ready, even if he doesn’t come until the middle of the night or the early morning hours.

12:39“But understand this: if the homeowner knew what time the thief would arrive, he wouldn’t let his house be broken into.12:40So you too must be ready, because the Human will come when you’re not expecting him.”12:41Then Peter asked him, “Master, are you giving this parable to us or to everyone?”

12:42But Jesus continued: “So then, who is the trustworthy and thoughtful house manager, the one the master sets over the rest of the household help to give them their regular meals?12:43Blessed is that slave if the master comes and finds them doing their job!12:44I tell you truly that they will be put in charge of all the master’s possessions.

12:45“But suppose the slave takes the attitude ‘my master is not coming for a long time’, and begins to beat the household help, eat all the food, and get drunk?12:46Then the master will come on a day the slave didn’t expect and couldn’t anticipate— and that slave will be cut in two and suffer the same fate as the unfaithful!12:47A slave who knows what their master wants but doesn’t prepare or perform their assigned duties will be severely beaten.12:48On the other hand, a slave who does not know what their master wants only deserves a light beating. Much will be required from those to whom much is given; much will be expected from those of whom much was asked.

12:49“I have come to throw fire on the earth, and oh how I wish it were already kindled!12:50But there is an immersion I must undergo, and oh the pressure I’m under until it is completed!12:51You assume that I came to bring peace to the earth; yet I tell you, it is not peace but division.12:52From now on, five people in one household will be divided three against two and two against three;12:53father 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.”

12:54Then he said to the crowd, “Whenever you see the clouds accumulating in the west, you instinctively know that a thunderstorm is coming.12:55Likewise, whenever the south wind blows, you know that the day will be a scorcher.12:56Pedants! You know how to interpret the earth and sky, so how can you not interpret this era?

12:57“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?12:58If someone is pressing charges against you and is taking you to court, try to settle the dispute along the way. Otherwise they may drag you in front of the judge, the judge will hand you over to the police, and the police will throw you into prison.12:59I tell you, you will certainly not be released until you have paid the last little bit!”

  1. 1Gehenna was the literal trash dump that was always burning due to a constant supply of material. But clearly the context in which Jesus is using it is metaphorical, with the eternal fire they could see representing the one they could not see.
  2. 2Though the literal phrase is “add a cubit to your stature,” the context here seems to be more about the length of one’s life.