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12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
12:9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
12:14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.

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Everything King James Bible:Luke

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Luke
Book: Luke
Chapter: 12

Overview:
Christ reproves the interpreters of the Law. (1-12) A caution
against Covetousness The Parable of the rich Man. (13-21)
Worldly care reproved. (22-40) Watchfulness enforced. (41-53) A
warning to be reconciled to God. (54-59)

1-12 A firm belief of the doctrine of God's universal
Providence, and the extent of it, would satisfy us when in
peril, and encourage us to trust God in the way of duty.
Providence takes notice of the meanest creatures, even of the
sparrows, and therefore of the smallest interests of the
disciples of Christ. Those who confess Christ now, shall be
owned By him in the great Day, before the angels of God. To
deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways,
we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may
thus save Life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom By it,
will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them,
will not own them, nor show them favour. But let No trembling,
penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far
different from the determined Enmity that is Blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven, because it will
never be repented of.

13-21 Christ's kingdom is spiritual, and not of this world.
Christianity does not meddle with politics; it obliges all to do
justly, but worldly dominion is not founded in Grace. It does not
encourage expectations of worldly advantages By religion. The
rewards of Christ's disciples are of another nature.
Covetousness is a Sin we need constantly to be warned against;
for happiness and comfort do not depend On the wealth of this
world. The things of the world will not satisfy the desires of a
soul. Here is a Parable, which shows the folly of Carnal
worldlings while they live, and their misery when they die. The
character drawn is exactly that of a prudent, worldly Man, who
has No grateful regard to the Providence of God, nor any right
thought of the uncertainty of human affairs, the worth of his
soul, or the importance of eternity. How many, even among
professed Christians, point out similar characters as models for
imitation, and proper persons to form connections with! We
mistake if we think that thoughts are hid, and thoughts are
free. When he saw a great crop upon his ground, instead of
thanking God for it, or rejoicing to be able to do more good, he
afflicts himself. What shall I do now? The poorest beggar in the
country could not have said a more anxious Word. The more men
have, the more perplexity they have with it. It was folly for
him to think of making No other use of his plenty, than to
indulge the Flesh and gratify the sensual appetites, without any
thought of doing good to others. Carnal worldlings are fools;
and the Day is coming when God will Call them By their own name,
and they will Call themselves So. The Death of such persons is
miserable in itself, and terrible to them. Thy soul shall be
required. He is loath to part with it; but God shall require it,
shall require an account of it, require it as a guilty soul to
be punished without delay. It is the folly of most men, to mind
and pursue that which is for the body and for time only, more
than that for the soul and eternity.

22-40 Christ largely insisted upon this caution not to give way
to disquieting, perplexing cares, Mt 6:25-34. The arguments
here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God,
which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, So in our
state, it is our Wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious
pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill
becomes the disciples of Christ. Fears must not prevail; when we
frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come, and Put
ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it. If we value the
beauty of Holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of Life. Let
us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ
is our Master, and we are his servants; not only working
servants, but waiting servants. We must be as men that wait for
their Lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to
receive him. In this Christ alluded to his own Ascension to
Heaven, his coming to Call his people to him By Death, and his
return to Judge the world. We are uncertain as to the time of
his coming to us, we should therefore be always ready. If men
thus take care of their houses, let us be thus Wise for our
souls. Be ye therefore ready also; as ready as the good Man of
the House would be, if he knew at what Hour the thief would
come.

41-53 All are to take to themselves what Christ says in his
Word, and to inquire concerning it. No one is left So ignorant
as not to know many things to be wrong which he does, and many
things to be right which he neglects; therefore all are without
excuse in their Sin. The bringing in the Gospel Dispensation
would occasion desolations. Not that this would be the tendency
of Christ's religion, which is pure, peaceable, and loving; but
the effect of its being contrary to men's pride and lusts. There
was to be a wide publication of the Gospel. But before that took
place, Christ had a Baptism to be baptized with, far different
from that of water and the Holy Spirit. He must endure
sufferings and Death. It agreed not with his plan to preach the
Gospel more widely, till this Baptism was completed. We should
be zealous in making known the Truth, for though divisions will
be stirred up, and a Man's own household may be his foes, yet
sinners will be converted, and God will be glorified.

54-59 Christ would have the people to be as Wise in the
concerns of their souls as they are in outward affairs. Let them
hasten to obtain peace with God before it is too late. If any
Man has found that God has set himself against him concerning
his sins, let him apply to him as God in Christ reconciling the
world to himself. While we are alive, we are in the way, and now
is our time.

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