1 1 Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. He began to speak, first to his disciples, ＂Beware of the leaven--that is, the hypocrisy--of the Pharisees.
2 2 ＂There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
5 I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; 3 yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? 4 Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
7 Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
10 5 ＂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.
20 But God said to him,‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?'
21 Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.＂ 7
26 If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?
32 Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
35 8 ＂Gird your loins and light your lamps
38 And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.
45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,' 9 and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,
46 then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
48 and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
49 10 ＂I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!
50 11 There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
53 a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.＂
54 He also said to the crowds, ＂When you see (a) cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain--and so it does;
58 If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison.
59 I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.＂ 12
2 [2-9] Luke presents a collection of sayings of Jesus exhorting his followers to acknowledge him and his mission fearlessly and assuring them of God's protection even in times of persecution. They are paralleled in Matthew 10:26-33.
5 [10-12] The sayings about the holy Spirit are set in the context of fearlessness in the face of persecution (Luke 12:2-9; cf Matthew 12:31-32). The holy Spirit will be presented in Luke's second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, as the power responsible for the guidance of the Christian mission and the source of courage in the face of persecution.
6 [13-34] Luke has joined together sayings contrasting those whose focus and trust in life is on material possessions, symbolized here by the rich fool of the parable (Luke 12:16-21), with those who recognize their complete dependence on God (Luke 12:21), those whose radical detachment from material possessions symbolizes their heavenly treasure (Luke 12:33-34).
7  Rich in what matters to God: literally, ＂rich for God.＂
8 [35-48] This collection of sayings relates to Luke's understanding of the end time and the return of Jesus. Luke emphasizes for his readers the importance of being faithful to the instructions of Jesus in the period before the parousia.
9  My master is delayed in coming: this statement indicates that early Christian expectations for the imminent return of Jesus had undergone some modification. Luke cautions his readers against counting on such a delay and acting irresponsibly. Cf the similar warning in Matthew 24:48.
10 [49-53] Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom is a refining and purifying fire. His message that meets with acceptance or rejection will be a source of conflict and dissension even within families.
11  Baptism: i.e., his death.