Day 56

Luke 12

12:1 Meanwhile, when a multitude of many thousands had gathered together, so much so that they trampled on each other, he began to tell his disciples first of all, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 

12:2 But there is nothing covered up, that will not be revealed, nor hidden, that will not be known.

 

12:3 Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light. What you have spoken in the ear in the inner chambers will be proclaimed on the housetops.

 

12:4 "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

 

12:5 But I will warn you whom you should fear. Fear him, who after he has killed, has power to cast into hell.  Yes, I tell you, fear him.

 

12:6 "Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God.

 

12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows.

 

12:8 "I tell you, everyone who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God;

 

12:9 but he who denies me in the presence of men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God.

 

12:10 Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

 

12:11 When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, don't be anxious how or what you will answer, or what you will say;

 

12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that same hour what you must say."

 

12:13 One of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

 

12:14 But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or an arbitrator over you?"

 

12:15 He said to them, "Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses."

 

12:16 He spoke a parable to them, saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

 

12:17 He reasoned within himself, saying, 'What will I do, because I don't have room to store my crops?'

 

12:18 He said, 'This is what I will do. I will pull down my barns, and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

 

12:19 I will tell my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years. Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry."'

 

12:20 "But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared--whose will they be?'

 

12:21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

 

12:22 He said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.

 

12:23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

 

12:24 Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!

 

12:25 Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?

 

12:26 If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?

 

12:27 Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 

12:28 But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?

 

12:29 Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.

 

12:30 For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.

 

12:31 But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.

 

12:32 Don't be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

 

12:33 Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn't fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys.

 

12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

12:35 "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning.

 

12:36 Be like men watching for their lord, when he returns from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.

 

12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them.

 

12:38 They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so.

 

12:39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into.

 

12:40 Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don't expect him."

 

12:41 Peter said to him, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everybody?"

 

12:42 The Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the right times?

 

12:43 Blessed is that servant whom his lord will find doing so when he comes.

 

12:44 Truly I tell you, that he will set him over all that he has.

 

12:45 But if that servant says in his heart, 'My lord delays his coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink, and to be drunk,

 

12:46 then the lord of that servant will come in a day when he isn't expecting him, and in an hour that he doesn't know, and will cut him in two, and place his portion with the unfaithful.

 

12:47 That servant, who knew his lord's will, and didn't prepare, nor do what he wanted, will be beaten with many stripes,

 

12:48 but he who didn't know, and did things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. To whoever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.

 

12:49 "I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.

 

12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!

 

12:51 Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.

 

12:52 For from now on, there will be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

 

12:53 They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

 

12:54 He said to the multitudes also, "When you see a cloud rising from the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it happens.

 

12:55 When a south wind blows, you say, 'There will be a scorching heat,' and it happens.

 

12:56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you don't interpret this time?

 

12:57 Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?

 

12:58 For when you are going with your adversary before the magistrate, try diligently on the way to be released from him, lest perhaps he drag you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.

 

12:59 I tell you, you will by no means get out of there, until you have paid the very last penny.

 

2 Timothy 1

 

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, according to the promise of the life which is in Christ Jesus,

 

1:2 to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1:3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did, with a pure conscience. How unceasing is my memory of you in my petitions, night and day

 

1:4 longing to see you, remembering your tears, that I may be filled with joy;

 

1:5 having been reminded of the unfeigned faith that is in you; which lived first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and, I am persuaded, in you also.

 

1:6 For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

 

1:7 For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

 

1:8 Therefore don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God,

 

1:9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

 

1:10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.

 

1:11 For this, I was appointed as a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

 

1:12 For this cause I also suffer these things. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.

 

1:13 Hold the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

 

1:14 That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

 

1:15 This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.

 

1:16 May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain,

 

1:17 but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me

 

1:18 (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

 

2 Timothy 2

 

2:1 You therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 

2:2 The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

 

2:3 You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

 

2:4 No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life, that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.

 

2:5 Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules.

 

2:6 The farmers who labor must be the first to get a share of the crops.

 

2:7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

 

2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my Good News,

 

2:9 in which I suffer hardship to the point of chains as a criminal. But God's word isn't chained.

 

2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the chosen ones' sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 

2:11 This saying is faithful: "For if we died with him, we will also live with him.

 

2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us.

 

2:13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful. He can't deny himself."

 

2:14 Remind them of these things, charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they don't argue about words, to no profit, to the subverting of those who hear.

 

2:15 Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth.

 

2:16 But shun empty chatter, for they will proceed further in ungodliness,

 

2:17 and their word will consume like gangrene, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 

2:18 men who have erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past, and overthrowing the faith of some.

 

2:19 However God's firm foundation stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness."

 

2:20 Now in a large house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay. Some are for honor, and some for dishonor.

 

2:21 If anyone therefore purges himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, prepared for every good work.

 

2:22 Flee from youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

2:23 But refuse foolish and ignorant questionings, knowing that they generate strife.

 

2:24 The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient,

 

2:25 in gentleness correcting those who oppose him: perhaps God may give them repentance leading to a full knowledge of the truth,


2:26 and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.