12:1 In the meantime, when myriads of the multitude had come together, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples first: Beware you of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 But nothing is concealed which shall not be revealed, and hid which shall not be made known.
3 Wherefore, whatever things you have said in darkness, shall be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
4 But I say to you, my friends, be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after this have no more that they can do.
5 But I will show you whom you shall fear: Fear him who after he has killed has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I say to you, fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
7 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not: you are of more value than many sparrows.
8 But I say to you: Whoever confesses me before men, him also shall the Son of man confess before the angels of God;
9 but he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
10 And every one that shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but to him that blasphemes against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.
11 But when they bring you before synagogues, and rulers, and authorities, be not anxious how or what you shall answer in defense or what you shall say;
12 for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what things you ought to say.
13 But someone from the multitude said to him: Teacher, speak to my brother that he divide with me the inheritance.
14 But he said to him: Man, who appointed me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness, for no one has his life in the abundance of the things which he possesses.
16 And he spoke a parable to them, saying: The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.
17 And he reasoned within himself, saying: What shall I do, for I have not where I shall gather in my fruits?
18 And he said: This will I do; I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there will I gather in all my produce and my good things;
19 and I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast many good things laid up for many years: rest, eat, drink, be merry.
20 But God said to him: Senseless man, this night shall they require thy soul of thee: but the things that thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?
21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
22 And he said to his disciples: Therefore, I say to you, be not anxious for your life what you shall eat, neither for your body what you shall put on.
23 Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the clothing?
24 Consider the ravens, that they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor granary, and yet God feeds them: how much better you are than the birds.
25 But which of you by being anxious can add to his age one cubit?
26 If then you can do not even the least, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they neither spin nor weave; yet I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
28 And if God so clothes the grass that to-day is in the field, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith.
29 And you, seek not what you shall eat and what you shall drink, and be not of doubtful mind;
30 for all these things the nations of the world seek after; but your Father knows that you need these.
31 But seek his kingdom, and these things shall be given you in addition.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your possessions and give charity: make for yourselves purses that grow not old, a treasury unfailing in the heavens, where no thief comes near, neither moth corrupts.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning;
36 and be you like men awaiting their lord, when he shall return from the marriage, that when he comes and knocks they may immediately open to him.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: verily I say to you that he will gird himself and make them recline at table, and coming forth he will serve them.
38 And if in the second, and if in the third watch, he shall come and find them so, blessed are they.
39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not have permitted his house to be broken through.
40 And you, be ready, for at an hour at which you think not the Son of man comes.
41 But Peter said to him: Lord, to us dost thou speak this parable or also to all?
42 And the Lord said: Who then is the faithful steward, the prudent, whom the lord shall appoint over his company of servants to give the measure of food in season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord on coming shall find so doing.
44 Truly I say to you that he will set him over all his goods.
45 But if that servant shall say in his heart: My lord delays to come, and shall begin to smite the menservants and the maidservants, to eat also and to drink and to be drunken:
46 the lord of that servant will come in a day that he looks not for, and at an hour that he knows not, and will cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.
47 But that servant that knew his lord’s will, and did not prepare or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes;
48 but he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. And every one to whom much has been given, of him much shall be required, and to whom much has been committed, of him will they ask the more.
49 A fire came I to throw upon the earth, and what would I if it were already kindled?
50 A baptism have I to be baptized with, and how am I in pain till it be accomplished.
51 Think you that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you no, but rather division.
52 For there shall be, from this time, five in one house divided; three against two and two against three
53 shall they be divided, father 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 said also to the multitudes: When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say that a shower is coming, and so it comes to pass;
55 and when you see the south wind blowing, you say that there will be heat, and it comes to pass.
56 Hypocrites, you know how to judge of the face of the earth and of the heaven, but how do you not judge of this time?
57 And why also do you not of yourselves judge that which is right?
58 For as thou goest with thy opponent-at-law to the ruler, on the way endeavor to be delivered from him, lest perhaps he drag thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the collector, and the collector throw thee into prison.
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not come out thence till thou shalt have paid even the last farthing.