Luke 12

Luke 12

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34 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.

35 "Be dressed for service and well prepared,

36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

37 There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return. I tell you, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat!

38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn.* But whenever he comes, there will be special favor for his servants who are ready!1

39 "Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would not permit the house to be broken into.

40 You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected."

41 Peter asked, "Lord, is this illustration just for us or for everyone?"

42 And the Lord replied, "I'm talking to any faithful, sensible servant to whom the master gives the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family.

43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

44 I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.

45 But if the servant thinks, `My master won't be back for a while,' and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk--

46 well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will tear the servant apart and banish him with the unfaithful.

47 The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.

48 "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.

49 "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and I wish that my task were already completed!

50 There is a terrible baptism ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.

51 Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to bring strife and division!

52 From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against--or the other way around.

53 There will be a division between father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law."

54 Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, "When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, `Here comes a shower.' And you are right.

55 When the south wind blows, you say, `Today will be a scorcher.' And it is.

56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but you can't interpret these present times.

57 "Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right?

58 If you are on the way to court and you meet your accuser, try to settle the matter before it reaches the judge, or you may be sentenced and handed over to an officer and thrown in jail.

59 And if that happens, you won't be free again until you have paid the last penny."

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1: Greek in the second or third watch.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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