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OCT

LUKE 20:1-47

1. One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2. and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3. He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4. was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5. And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6. But if we say, ‘From man,’all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7. So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 9. And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11. And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12. And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14. But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15. And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16. He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17. But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “ ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 18. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 19. The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23. But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24. “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25. He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26. And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. 27. There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28. and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30. And the second 31. and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32. Afterward the woman also died. 33. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34. And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35. but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36. for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39. Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40. For they no longer dared to ask him any question. 41. But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? 42. For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 43. until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 44. David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” 45. And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46. “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47. who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

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OCT

LUKE 19:1-48

1. He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2. And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. 4. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6. So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8. And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9. And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 11. As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14. But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15. When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17. And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18. And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19. And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20. Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21. for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22. He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24. And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25. And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26. ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 27. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’ ” 28. And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, 30. saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’ ” 32. So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. 33. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34. And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35. And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36. And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38. saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39. And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40. He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 41. And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42. saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44. and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” 45. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46. saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’but you have made it a den of robbers.” 47. And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48. but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

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LUKE 18:1-43

1. And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4. For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5. yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ ” 6. And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8. I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 9. He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10. “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13. But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” 15. Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 18. And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19. And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 20. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” 21. And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” 22. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 23. But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25. For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26. Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27. But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” 28. And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29. And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30. who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” 31. And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” 34. But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. 35. As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38. And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39. And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40. And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41. “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42. And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43. And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

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OCT

LUKE 17:1-37

1. And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3. Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4. and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’you must forgive him.” 5. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6. And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’and it would obey you. 7. “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8. Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9. Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10. So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’ ” 11. On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13. and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14. When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16. and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18. Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19. And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 20. Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21. nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’or ‘There!’for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” 22. And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23. And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’or ‘Look, here!’Do not go out or follow them. 24. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29. but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30. so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32. Remember Lot’s wife. 33. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” 37. And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

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LUKE 16:1-31

1. He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3. And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5. So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6. He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7. Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8. The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12. And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13. No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 14. The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. 16. “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. 17. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. 18. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. 19. “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21. who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23. and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25. But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27. And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28. for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29. But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30. And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31. He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”

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LUKE 15:1-32

1. Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3. So he told them this parable: 4. “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5. And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8. “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9. And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10. Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 11. And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. 17. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18. I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’ 20. And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22. But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’And they began to celebrate. 25. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28. But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29. but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31. And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’ ”

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LUKE 14:1-35

1. One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4. But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6. And they could not reply to these things. 7. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9. and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 12. He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14. and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 15. When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16. But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18. But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19. And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20. And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21. So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22. And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23. And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’ ” 25. Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29. Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30. saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31. Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32. And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35. It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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LUKE 13:1-35

1. There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3. No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5. No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 6. And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8. And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ” 10. Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11. And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13. And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15. Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16. And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17. As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. 18. He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19. It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20. And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21. It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” 22. He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24. “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26. Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27. But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” 31. At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32. And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33. Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35. Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

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LUKE 12:1-59

1. In 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. 2. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3. Therefore 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. 4. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. 5. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! 6. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. 8. “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9. but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11. And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12. for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” 13. Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14. But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15. And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16. And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17. and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18. And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20. But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21. So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” 22. And 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. 23. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24. Consider 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! 25. And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26. If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27. Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28. But 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! 29. And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31. Instead, seek his 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. 33. Sell 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. 34. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 35. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36. and 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. 37. Blessed are those servants 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. 38. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39. But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 41. Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42. And 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? 43. Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45. But 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, 46. the 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. 47. And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48. But 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! 50. I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51. Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53. They 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.” 54. He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’And so it happens. 55. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’and it happens. 56. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? 57. “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58. As 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. 59. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”

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