Neno: Bibilia Takatifu
Yesu Awaonya Na Kuwafariji Wanafunzi
12 Wakati huo, maelfu ya watu walipokuwa wamekusanyika hata wakawa wanakanyagana, Yesu alizungumza na wanafunzi wake kwanza, akawaambia: “Jihadharini na chachu ya Mafarisayo, yaani, unafiki wao.
2 “Hakuna jambo lililofunikwa ambalo halitafunuliwa au siri iliyofichwa ambayo haitajulikana. 3 Kwa hiyo, yote mliyosema gizani yatasikiwa mchana: na yote mliyonong’onezana mkiwa mmeji fungia chumbani, yatatangazwa hadharani.
4 “Nawambieni rafiki zangu, msiwaogope wale wauao mwili, na halafu basi. 5 Lakini nitawaambia nani wa kumwogopa: mwogopeni yule ambaye baada ya kumwua mtu ana mamlaka ya kumtupa motoni. Naam: huyo, mwogopeni! 6 Mnajua kwamba mbayuwayu watano huuzwa kwa bei ndogo sana. Lakini Mungu anamjali kila mmoja wao. 7 Mungu anafahamu hata idadi ya nywele zilizoko katika vichwa vyenu. Kwa hiyo msiogope: ninyi mna thamani zaidi kuliko mbayuwayu wengi. 8 “Ninawaambia, kila atakayenikiri mbele za watu, pia mimi Mwana wa Adamu nitamkiri mbele ya malaika wa Mungu. 9 Lakini kila anayenikana mbele za watu, pia mimi Mwana wa Adamu nitamkana mbele ya malaika wa Mungu. 10 Na kila atakayesema neno baya kunihusu mimi Mwana wa Adamu atasamehewa. Lakini mtu anayemkufuru Roho Mtakatifu hatasamehewa. 11 “Na watakapowapeleka katika masinagogi mbele ya watawala na mamlaka, msiwe na wasiwasi kuhusu mtakavyojitetea au mtakavyosema: 12 kwa maana wakati huo Roho Mtakatifu atawafundisha mnachopaswa kusema.”
Mtakatifu atawafundisha mnachopaswa kusema.”
13 Na mtu mmoja katika umati akasema, “Bwana, mwambie ndugu yangu anigawie urithi aliotuachia baba yetu.” 14 Yesu akamwam bia, Rafiki, ni nani aliyenifanya mimi niwe hakimu wenu au mga wanyaji wa urithi wenu?” 15 Ndipo akawaambia, “Jihadharini na jilindeni na aina zote za choyo. Kwa maana uhai wa mtu hautokani na wingi wa mali aliyo nayo.”
16 Kisha akawaambia mfano, “Shamba la tajiri mmoja lilizaa sana. 17 Akawaza moyoni mwake, ‘Nifanye nini? Maana sina mahali pa kuweka mavuno yangu.’ 18 Kisha akasema, ‘Nitafanya hivi: nitabomoa maghala yangu na kujenga maghala makubwa zaidi na huko nitaweka mavuno yangu yote na vitu vyangu. 19 Na nitasema moy oni, ‘Hakika nina bahati! Ninayo mali ya kunitosha kwa miaka mingi. Sasa nitapumzika: nile, ninywe na kustarehe.’ 20 Lakini Mungu akamwambia, ‘Mjinga wewe! Usiku huu huu utakufa! Sasa hivyo vitu ulivyojiwekea vitakuwa vya nani?’ 21 Hivi ndivyo itakavy okuwa kwa mtu ye yote anayehangaika kujikusanyia utajiri duniani lakini si tajiri mbinguni kwa Mungu.”
22 Kisha akawaambia wanafunzi wake, “Kwa hiyo ninawaambia, msihangaikie maisha yenu, kwamba mtakula nini; au miili yenu kwamba mtavaa nini. 23 Uhai ni zaidi ya chakula; na mwili ni zaidi ya mavazi. 24 Chukueni mfano wa kunguru! Wao hawapandi wala hawavuni; hawana ghala wala po pote pa kuweka nafaka, lakini Mungu anawalisha. Ninyi ni bora zaidi kuliko ndege! 25 Na ni nani kati yenu ambaye kwa kujihangaisha anaweza kujiongezea urefu wa maisha yake hata kwa saa moja? 26 Kama hamwezi kufanya jambo dogo kama hilo; kwa nini basi mhangaikie hayo mengine? 27 Yata zameni maua yanavyostawi: hayafanyi kazi, wala kujitengenezea nguo; lakini ninawaambia, hata Sulemani katika ufahari wake wote, hakuwahi kuvishwa vizuri kama ua mojawapo! 28 Ikiwa Mungu huyav isha hivi majani ambayo leo yapo shambani na kesho yanachomwa moto; ataachaje kuwavisha ninyi hata zaidi? Mbona mna imani ndogo! 29 Wala msihangaike mtakula nini au mtakunywa nini. Msiwe na wasiwasi juu ya haya. 30 Watu wasiomjua Mungu huhan gaika sana juu ya vitu hivi. Lakini Baba yenu wa mbinguni anajua kuwa mnavihitaji. 31 Basi, tafuteni Ufalme wa Mungu; na hivyo vyote atawapatia.”
32 “Ninyi kundi dogo, msiogope kwa maana Mungu amependa mtawale naye katika ufalme wake. 33 Uzeni mali zenu muwape mas kini; ili mjipatie mikoba isiyochakaa, na kujiwekea hazina mbin guni ambapo mwizi hafiki wala nondo haharibu. 34 Kwa maana unapoiweka akiba yako ndipo na moyo wako utakapokuwa.”
35 “Muwe tayari mkiwa mmevaa, na taa zenu zikiwaka. 36 Muwe kama watumishi wanaomngojea bwana wao arudi kutoka haru sini, ili atakapokuja na kugonga mlango wamfungulie mara moja. 37 Itakuwa ni heri kwa wale watumishi ambao bwana wao akija ata wakuta wanamngoja. Nawaambieni kweli, atajiandaa na kuwaketisha karamuni awahudumie. 38 Itakuwa ni furaha kubwa kwao ikiwa ata wakuta tayari hata kama atakuja usiku wa manane au alfajiri.
39 Fahamuni kwamba kama mwenye nyumba angalijua ni saa ngapi mwizi atakuja, angalijiandaa asiiachie nyumba yake ivunjwe. 40 Kwa hiyo, ninyi pia mkae tayari, kwa maana mimi Mwana wa Adamu nita kuja saa ambayo hamnitegemei.”
Mtumishi Mwaminifu Na Asiye mwaminifu
41 Ndipo Petro akamwambia, “Bwana, mfano huu unatuambia sisi peke yetu au watu wote?” 42 Yesu akamwambia, “Ni yupi wakili mwaminifu na mwenye busara? Ni yule ambaye bwana wake atamfanya mtawala juu ya nyumba yake yote naye awape watumishi wengine chakula chao wakati unaofaa. 43 Itakuwa ni furaha kwa mtumishi yule ambaye bwana wake atakaporudi atamkuta akifanya hivyo. 44 Ninawahakikishia kwamba atampa mamlaka juu ya vyote alivyo navyo. 45 Lakini kwa mfano, kama yule mtumishi atawaza moyoni mwake, ‘Bwana wangu anachelewa kurudi,’ halafu aanze kuwa piga wale watumishi wa kiume na wa kike, na kula na kunywa na kulewa, 46 bwana wake atarudi siku ambayo hakumtazamia, na saa asiyoijua. Huyo bwana wake atamwadhibu vikali pamoja na wote wasiotii. 47 Na mtumishi ambaye anafahamu mapenzi ya bwana wake na asijiandae wala kufanya kama apendavyo bwana wake, pia ataad hibiwa vikali. 48 Lakini mtumishi ambaye hafahamu anachotakiwa kufanya na akafanya kitu kinachostahili adhabu, atapata adhabu ndogo. Mungu atatarajia vingi kutoka kwa mtu aliyepewa vipawa vingi; na mtu aliyekabidhiwa vingi zaidi, atadaiwa zaidi pia.”
49 “Nimekuja kuleta moto duniani! Laiti kama dunia inge kuwa tayari imeshawaka! 50 Lakini kuna ubatizo ambao lazima niu pokee na dhiki yangu ni kuu mpaka ubatizo huo utakapokamilika.
51 “Mnadhani nimekuja kuleta amani duniani? Nawaambieni sivyo; nimekuja kuleta mafarakano. 52 Kuanzia sasa, katika nyumba ya watu watano kutakuwa na mgawanyiko: watatu wakipingana na wawili, na wawili wakipingana na watatu. 53 Baba atapingana na mwanae na mwana atapingana na babaye; mama atapingana na bin tiye na binti atapingana na mamaye; mama mkwe atapingana na mke wa mwanae ambaye naye atapingana na mama mkwe wake.”
54 Kisha Yesu akawaambia watu, “Mkiona wingu likitokea mag haribi, mara moja mnasema, ‘Mvua hiyo inakuja!’ na inakuwa hivyo. 55 Na mnapouona upepo wa kusi ukivuma, mnasema, ‘Kutakuwa na joto!’ Na linakuwepo. 56 Enyi wanafiki! Mnaweza kutambua dalili za hali ya hewa; kwa nini basi hamtambui maana ya mambo yanayoto kea sasa? 57 Kwa nini hamuamui lililo haki kutenda? 58 Kama mtu akikushtaki mahakamani, jitahidi sana kupatana na mshtaki wako wakati mkiwa mnaenda mahakamani, ili asikufikishe mbele ya hakimu, na hakimu akakukabidhi kwa polisi, na polisi wakakutia gerezani. 59 Nakuhakikishia kwamba, hutatoka huko gerezani mpaka umelipa faini yote.”
New International Version
Warnings and Encouragements(A)
12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[a] on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.(B) 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.(C) 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
4 “I tell you, my friends,(D) 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 him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.(E) 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.(F) Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(G)
8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.(H) 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned(I) before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man(J) will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.(K)
11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,(L) 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”(M)
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 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”(N)
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”(R)
Do Not Worry(S)
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.(T) And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor(U) was dressed 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 fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!(V) 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father(W) knows that you need them.(X) 31 But seek his kingdom,(Y) and these things will be given to you as well.(Z)
32 “Do not be afraid,(AA) little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.(AB) 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor.(AC) Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven(AD) that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.(AE) 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(AF)
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.(AI) Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.(AJ) 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief(AK) was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready,(AL) because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”
42 The Lord(AM) answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.(AN) He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.(AO) 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.(AP) From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Not Peace but Division(AQ)
49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism(AR) to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!(AS) 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, 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.”(AT)
Interpreting the Times
54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does.(AU) 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! 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?(AV)
57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.(AW) 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”(AX)