1Meanwhile, as a crowd in the tens of thousands gathered so closely as to trample each other down, Yeshua began to say to his talmidim first, “Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim, by which I mean their hypocrisy. 2There is nothing covered up that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not become known. 3What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops.
4“My friends, I tell you: don’t fear those who kill the body but then have nothing more they can do. 5I will show you whom to fear: fear him who after killing you has authority to throw you into Gei-Hinnom! Yes, I tell you, this is the one to fear! 6Aren’t sparrows sold for next to nothing, five for two assarions? And not one of them has been forgotten by God. 7Why, every hair on your head has been counted! Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.
8“Moreover, I tell you, whoever acknowledges me in the presence of others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. 9But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before God’s angels. 10Also, everyone who says something against the Son of Man will have it forgiven him; but whoever has blasphemed the Ruach HaKodesh will not be forgiven.
11“When they bring you before the synagogues and the ruling powers and the authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourself or what you will say; 12because when the time comes, the Ruach HaKodesh will teach you what you need to say.”
13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Rabbi, tell my brother to share with me the property we inherited.” 14But Yeshua answered him, “My friend, who appointed me judge or arbitrator over you?” 15Then to the people he said, “Be careful to guard against all forms of greed, because even if someone is rich, his life does not consist in what he owns.” 16And he gave them this illustration: “There was a man whose land was very productive. 17He debated with himself, ‘What should I do? I haven’t enough room for all my crops.’ 18Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and I’ll store all my wheat and other goods there. 19Then I’ll say to myself, “You’re a lucky man! You have a big supply of goods laid up that will last many years. Start taking it easy! Eat! Drink! Enjoy yourself!”’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you will die! And the things you prepared — whose will they be?’ 21That’s how it is with anyone who stores up wealth for himself without being rich toward God.”
22To his talmidim Yeshua said, “Because of this I tell you, don’t worry about your life — what you will eat or drink; or about your body — what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24Think about the ravens! They neither plant nor harvest, they have neither storerooms nor barns, yet God feeds them. You are worth much more than the birds! 25Can any of you by worrying add an hour to his life? 26If you can’t do a little thing like that, why worry about the rest? 27Think about the wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread; yet, I tell you, not even Shlomo in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. 28If this is how God clothes grass, which is alive in the field today and thrown in the oven tomorrow, how much more will he clothe you! What little trust you have!
29“In other words, don’t strive after what you will eat and what you will drink — don’t be anxious. 30For all the pagan nations in the world set their hearts on these things. Your Father knows that you need them too. 31Rather, seek his Kingdom; and these things will be given to you as well. 32Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has resolved to give you the Kingdom! 33Sell what you own and do tzedakah — make for yourselves purses that don’t wear out, riches in heaven that never fail, where no burglar comes near, where no moth destroys. 34For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.
35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit, 36like people waiting for their master’s return after a wedding feast; so that when he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him without delay. 37Happy the slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes! Yes! I tell you he will put on his work clothes, seat them at the table, and come serve them himself! 38Whether it is late at night or early in the morning, if this is how he finds them, those slaves are happy.
39“But notice this: no house-owner would let his house be broken into if he knew when the thief was coming. 40You too, be ready! For the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him.”
41Kefa said, “Sir, are you telling this parable for our benefit only or for everyone’s?” 42The Lord replied, “Nu, who is the faithful and sensible manager whose master puts him in charge of the household staff to give them their share of food at the proper time? 43It will go well with that servant if he is found doing his job when his master comes. 44Yes, I tell you he will put him in charge of all he owns. 45But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking his time coming,’ and starts bullying the men- and women-servants, and eating and drinking, getting drunk, 46then his master will come on a day when the servant isn’t expecting him, at a time he doesn’t know in advance; his master will cut him in two and put him with the disloyal. 47Now the servant who knew what his master wanted but didn’t prepare or act according to his will, will be whipped with many lashes; 48however, the one who did what deserves a beating, but didn’t know, will receive few lashes. From him who has been given much, much will be demanded — from someone to whom people entrust much, they ask still more.
49“I have come to set fire to the earth! And how I wish it were already kindled! 50I have an immersion to undergo — how pressured I feel till it’s over! 51Do you think that I have come to bring peace in the Land? Not peace, I tell you, but division! 52For from now on, a household of five will be divided, three against two, two against three.
53Father will be divided 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.”
54Then to the crowds Yeshua said, “When you see a cloud-bank rising in the west, at once you say that a rainstorm is coming; 55and when the wind is from the south, you say there will be a heat wave, and there is. 56Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky — how is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? 57Why don’t you decide for yourselves what is the right course to follow? 58If someone brings a lawsuit against you, take pains to settle with him first; otherwise he will take the matter to court, and the judge will turn you over to the bailiff, and the bailiff will throw you in jail. 59I tell you, you won’t get out of there till you have paid the last penny!”