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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)


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Beware of Hypocrisy


1 In athe meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, b“Beware of the 1leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 a“For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.
3 “Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

4 a“And I say to you, bMy friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, afear Him!
6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two 1copper coins? And anot one of them is forgotten before God.
7 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Confess Christ Before Men

8 a“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me bbefore men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.
9 “But he who adenies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 “And aanyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
11 a“Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aMark 8:15
bMatt. 16:12
2 aMatt. 10:26;
[1 Cor. 4:5] 4 aIs. 51:7, 8,
12, 13 b[John
15:13–15] 5 aPs. 119:120
6 aMatt. 6:26
1Gr. assarion,
a coin worth
about 1⁄16 of a
8 aMatt. 10:32
bPs. 119:46
9 aMatt. 10:33
10 a[Matt.
12:31, 32] 11 aMark
12 a[John
14:26] 14 a[John
18:36] 15 a[1 Tim.
6:6–10] 1NU
all covetousness
19 aEccl. 11:9
b[Eccl. 2:24;
3:13; 5:18;
8:15] 20 aPs. 52:7
bPs. 39:6
21 a[James 2:5;
5:1–5] 22 aMatt.
24 aJob 38:41
26 1do you
27 a1 Kin.
28 aMatt. 6:30;
8:26; 14:31;

or what you should answer, or what you should say.
12 “For the Holy Spirit will ateach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, a“Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”
15 And He said to them, a“Take heed and beware of 1covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
17 “And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
18 “So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
19 ‘And I will say to my soul, a“Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; beat, drink, and be merry.” ’
20 “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night ayour soul will be required of you; bthen whose will those things be which you have provided?’
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, aand is not rich toward God.”

Do Not Worry

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, ado not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
23 “Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and aGod feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
25 “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature ?
26 “If you then are not able to do the least, why 1are you anxious for the rest?
27 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even aSolomon in all his glory was not 1arrayed like one of these.
28 “If then God so clothes the grass,which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of alittle faith?
29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
30 “For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your

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Father aknows that you need these things.
31 a“But seek 1the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
32 “Do not fear, little flock, for ait is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 a“Sell what you have and give balms; cprovide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

35 a“Let your waist be girded and byour lamps burning;
36 “and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
37 a“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.
38 “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 a“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would 1have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
40 a“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?”
42 And the Lord said, a“Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food 1in due season?
43 “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.
44 a“Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
45 a“But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,
46 “the master of that servant will come on a aday when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 “And athat servant who bknew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 a“But he who did not know, yet

30 aMatt. 6:31,
31 aMatt. 6:33
1NU His kingdom,
these things
32 a[Matt.
11:25, 26] 33 aMatt. 19:21
bLuke 11:41
cMatt. 6:20
35 a[1 Pet.
1:13] b[Matt.
25:1–13] 37 aMatt. 24:46
39 aRev. 3:3;
16:15 1NU not
have allowed
40 aMark
42 aMatt.
24:45, 46;
25:21 1at the
right time
44 aMatt.
24:47; 25:21
45 a2 Pet.
3:3, 4
46 a1 Thess.
47 aDeut. 25:2
b[James 4:17] 48 a[Lev. 5:17] 49 aLuke 12:51
50 aMark
10:38 bJohn
12:27; 19:30
51 aMatt.
bJohn 7:43;
9:16; 10:19
52 aMark
53 aMatt.
10:21, 36
54 aMatt.
16:2, 3
55 aJob 37:17
56 aLuke
58 aProv. 25:8
b[Is. 55:6]

CHAPTER 13 References

1 1mixed

LUKE 13:4

committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Christ Brings Division

49 a“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
50 “But aI have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is baccomplished!
51 a“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, bbut rather division.
52 a“For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.
53 a“Father 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 her mother-in- law.”

Discern the Time

54 Then He also said to the multitudes, a“Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is.
55 “And when you see the asouth wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is.
56 “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern athis time?

Make Peace with Your Adversary

57 “Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?
58 a“When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort balong the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
59 “I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”
Repent or Perish


1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had 1mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
3 “I tell you, no; 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

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LUKE 13:5

sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6 He also spoke this parable: a“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7 “Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it 1use up the ground?’
8 “But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
9 1‘And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can acut it down.’ ”

A Spirit of Infirmity

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way 1raise herself up.
12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your ainfirmity.”
13 aAnd He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had ahealed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, b“There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and cnot on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, 1“Hypocrite! aDoes not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?
16 “So ought not this woman, abeing a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were adone by Him.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18 aThen He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
19 “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a 1large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

The Parable of the Leaven

20 And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?

6 aMatt. 21:19
7 1waste
9 a[John 15:2] 1NU And if it
bears fruit after
that, well.
But if not,
you can
11 1straighten
12 aLuke 7:21;
13 aActs 9:17
14 a[Luke
6:6–11; 14:1–6] bEx. 20:9;
23:12 cMark
15 aLuke 14:5
1NU, M Hypocrites
16 aLuke 19:9
17 aMark 5:19,
18 aMark
19 1NU omits
21 aMatt. 13:33
1yeast 2Gr.
sata, same as
Heb. seah; approximately
pecks in all
22 aMark 6:6
23 a[Matt.
7:14; 20:16] 24 a[Matt.
7:13] b[John
7:34; 8:21;
13:33] 25 aIs. 55:6
bMatt. 25:10
cLuke 6:46
dMatt. 7:23;
27 a[Matt.
7:23; 25:41] bPs. 6:8
28 aMatt. 8:12;
13:42; 24:51
bMatt. 8:11
30 a[Matt.
19:30; 20:16] 31 1NU In that
very hour
32 a[Heb. 2:10;
5:9; 7:28] 1Resurrected
34 aMatt.
35 aLev. 26:31,
32 bPs. 118:26;
Matt. 21:9
1NU, M omit

21 “It is like 1leaven, which a woman took and hid in three ameasures2 of meal till it was all leavened.”

The Narrow Way

22 aAnd He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there afew who are saved?” And He said to them,
24 a“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for bmany, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25 a“When once the Master of the house has risen up and bshut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, c‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, d‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
26 “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
27 a“But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. bDepart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.
28 a“There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, bwhen you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
29 “They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 a“And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”
31 1On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day aI shall be 1perfected.’
33 “Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

34 a“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
35 “See! aYour house is left to you desolate; and 1assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, b‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

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Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

1 OH, agive thanks to the LORD, for He is good! bFor His mercy endures forever.

2 aLet Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

5 aI called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and bset me in a broad place.
6 aThe LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
7 aThe LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore bI shall see my desire on those who hate me.
8 aIt is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
9 aIt is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me, But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
11 They asurrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
12 They surrounded me alike bees; They were quenched blike a fire of thorns; For in the name of the LORD I will 1destroy them.
13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the LORD helped me.
14 aThe LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

PSALM 118 References

1 a1 Chr. 16:8,
34; Jer. 33:11
b2 Chr. 5:13;
7:3; Ezra 3:11;
[Ps. 136:1–26] 2 a[Ps. 115:9] 5 aPs. 120:1
bPs. 18:19
6 aPs. 27:1;
56:9; [Rom.
8:31; Heb.
13:6] 7 aPs. 54:4 bPs.
8 a2 Chr. 32:7,
8; Ps. 40:4; Is.
31:1, 3; 57:13;
Jer. 17:5
9 aPs. 146:3
11 aPs. 88:17
12 aDeut. 1:44
bEccl. 7:6;
Nah. 1:10 1cut
them off
14 aEx. 15:2;
Is. 12:2
16 aEx. 15:6
17 a[Ps. 6:5];
Hab. 1:12 bPs.
18 aPs. 73:14;
Jer. 31:18;
[1 Cor. 11:32];
2 Cor. 6:9
19 aIs. 26:2
20 aPs. 24:7
bIs. 35:8; [Rev.
21:27; 22:14,
15] 21 aPs. 116:1
22 aMatt.
21:42; Mark
12:10, 11;
Luke 20:17;
Acts 4:11;
[Eph. 2:20;
1 Pet. 2:7, 8] 23 1Lit. This is
from the
26 aMatt. 21:9;
23:39; Mark
11:9; Luke
13:35; 19:38
27 aEsth. 8:16;
[1 Pet. 2:9] 28 aEx. 15:2;
Is. 25:1

16 aThe right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
17 aI shall not die, but live, And bdeclare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD has achastened1 me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

19 aOpen to me the gates of righteousness;
I will go through them, And I will praise the LORD.
20 aThis is the gate of the LORD, bThrough which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise You, For You have aanswered me, And have become my salvation.

22 aThe stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 1This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 aBlessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, And He has given us alight; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise You; aYou are my God, I will exalt You.

29 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.



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