The Leaven of the Pharisees
(Matthew 16:5–12; Mark 8:14–21)
1 In the meantime, a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling one another. Jesus began to speak first to His disciples:
Fear God Alone
4 I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, after you have been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. a Yes, I tell you, fear Him!
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? b Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
8 I tell you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God. 9 But whoever 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 whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
11 When you are brought before synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say. 12 For at that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.”
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 But Jesus replied,
16 Then He told them a parable:
20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’
21 This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Do Not Worry
22 Then Jesus said to His disciples,
27 Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin. d Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!
29 And do not be concerned about what you will eat or drink. Do not worry about it. 30 For the Gentiles of the world strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek His e kingdom, and these things will be added unto you.
Treasures in Heaven
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Readiness at Any Hour
(Matthew 24:36–51; Mark 13:32–37)
35 Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning. 36 Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them. 38 Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night f and finds them alert, those servants will be blessed.
39 But understand this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, g he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”
41 “Lord,” said Peter, “are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?”
42 And the Lord answered,
45 But suppose that servant says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and he begins to beat the menservants and maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not anticipate. Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 That servant who knows his master’s will but does not get ready or follow his instructions will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who unknowingly does things worthy of punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded.
Not Peace but Division
(Micah 7:1–6;Matthew 10:34–39)
51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on, five in one household will be 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 daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law. h”
Interpreting the Present Time
(Matthew 16:1–4; Mark 8:11–13)
54 Then Jesus said to the crowds,
Reconciling with an Adversary
57 And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 Make every effort to reconcile with your adversary while you are on your way to the magistrate. Otherwise, he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and the officer may throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the very last penny. i”
5 a Greek Gehenna
6 b Greek two assaria ; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1-16 of a denarius.
25 c Or a single cubit to his height ; a cubit was approximately 18 inches or 45 centimeters.
27 d NE and Tischendorf Consider the lilies: They do not spin or weave.
31 e BYZ and TR God’s ; see Matthew 6:33.
38 f That is, between nine at night and three in the morning
39 g BYZ and TR include he would have stayed awake, and
53 h See Micah 7:6.
59 i Greek lepton ; that is, a Jewish coin of bronze or copper worth about 1-128 of a denarius