Luke 18:1-8

18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart.
18:2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people.
18:3 There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
18:4 For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people,
18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’”
18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says!
18:7 Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them?
18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

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Luke 17:20-37

17:20 Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed,
17:21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

17:22 Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
17:23 Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them.
17:24 For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.
17:25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
17:26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage – right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
17:28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot, people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building;
17:29 but on the day Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
17:30 It will be the same on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
17:31 On that day, anyone who is on the roof, with his goods in the house, must not come down to take them away, and likewise the person in the field must not turn back.
17:32 Remember Lot’s wife!
17:33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 17:34 I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
17:35 There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”

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17:37 Then the disciples said to him, “Where, Lord?” He replied to them, “Where the dead body is, there the vultures will gather.”

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Matthew 20:1-16

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
20:2 And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work.
20:4 He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ 20:5 So they went. When he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, he did the same thing.
20:6 And about five o’clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’
20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’
20:8 When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.’
20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay.
20:10 And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage.
20:11 When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner,
20:12 saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’
20:13 And the landowner replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage?
20:14 Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. 20:15 Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

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Luke 17:1-19

17:1 Jesus said to his disciples, “Stumbling blocks are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!
17:2 It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
17:3 Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.
17:4 Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times returns to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
17:6 So the Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled out by the roots and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

17:7 “Would any one of you say to your slave who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’?
17:8 Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’?
17:9 He won’t thank the slave because he did what he was told, will he?
17:10 So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, ‘We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.’”

17:11 Now on the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee.
17:12 As he was entering a village, ten men with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance,
17:13 raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
17:14 When he saw them he said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went along, they were cleansed.
17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.
17:16 He fell with his face to the ground at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. (Now he was a Samaritan.)
17:17 Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
17:18 Was no one found to turn back and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
17:19 Then he said to the man, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

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Luke 16:16-31

16:16 “The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it.
16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter in the law to become void.

16:18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

16:19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
16:20 But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, 16:21 who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores.

16:22 “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
16:23 And in hell, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side.
16:24 So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’
16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish.
16:26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’
16:29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ 16:30 Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
16:31 He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

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Luke 16:1-15

16:1 Jesus also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations that his manager was wasting his assets.
16:2 So he called the manager in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in the account of your administration, because you can no longer be my manager.’
16:3 Then the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m too ashamed to beg.
16:4 I know what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’
16:5 So he contacted his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
16:6 The man replied, ‘A hundred measures of olive oil.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’
16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man replied, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ The manager said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 16:8 The master commended the dishonest manager because he acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries than the people of light.
16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the eternal homes.

16:10 “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will entrust you with the true riches?
16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you your own?
16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

16:14 The Pharisees (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed him.
16:15 But Jesus said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized among men is utterly detestable in God’s sight.

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Luke 15:21-32

15:21 Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
15:22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet!
15:23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate,
15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.

15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
15:26 So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening.
15:27 The slave replied, ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.’
15:28 But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him,
15:29 but he answered his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends!
15:30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’
15:31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours.
15:32 It was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’”

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