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Luke 12 1 Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and crushing each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees--beware of their hypocrisy.
Luke 12 2 The time is coming when everything will be revealed; all that is secret will be made public.
Luke 12 3 Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!
Luke 12 4 "Dear friends, don't be afraid of those who want to kill you. They can only kill the body; they cannot do any more to you.
Luke 12 5 But I'll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill people and then throw them into hell.
Luke 12 6 "What is the price of five sparrows? A couple of pennies? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.
Luke 12 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.
Luke 12 8 "And I assure you of this: If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I, the Son of Man, will openly acknowledge that person in the presence of God's angels.
Luke 12 9 But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before God's angels.
Luke 12 10 Yet those who speak against the Son of Man may be forgiven, but anyone who speaks blasphemies against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven.
Luke 12 11 "And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don't worry about what to say in your defense,
Luke 12 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you what needs to be said even as you are standing there."
Luke 12 13 Then someone called from the crowd, "Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father's estate with me."
Luke 12 14 Jesus replied, "Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?"
Luke 12 15 Then he said, "Beware! Don't be greedy for what you don't have. Real life is not measured by how much we own."
Luke 12 16 And he gave an illustration: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.
Luke 12 17 In fact, his barns were full to overflowing.
Luke 12 18 So he said, 'I know! I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I'll have room enough to store everything.
Luke 12 19 And I'll sit back and say to myself, My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!'
Luke 12 20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get it all?'
Luke 12 21 "Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God."
Luke 12 22 Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life--whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear.
Luke 12 23 For life consists of far more than food and clothing.
Luke 12 24 Look at the ravens. They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
Luke 12 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not!
Luke 12 26 And if worry can't do little things like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?
Luke 12 27 "Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Luke 12 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
Luke 12 29 And don't worry about food--what to eat and drink. Don't worry whether God will provide it for you.
Luke 12 30 These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs.
Luke 12 31 He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
Luke 12 32 "So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
Luke 12 33 "Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe--no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
Luke 12 34 Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.
Luke 12 35 "Be dressed for service and well prepared,
Luke 12 36 as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.
Luke 12 37 There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return. I tell you, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat!
Luke 12 38 He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, there will be special favor for his servants who are ready!
Luke 12 39 "Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar was coming would not permit the house to be broken into.
Luke 12 40 You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected."
Luke 12 41 Peter asked, "Lord, is this illustration just for us or for everyone?"
Luke 12 42 And the Lord replied, "I'm talking to any faithful, sensible servant to whom the master gives the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family.
Luke 12 43 If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.
Luke 12 44 I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns.
Luke 12 45 But if the servant thinks, 'My master won't be back for a while,' and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk--
Luke 12 46 well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will tear the servant apart and banish him with the unfaithful.
Luke 12 47 The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.
Luke 12 48 "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.
Luke 12 49 "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and I wish that my task were already completed!
Luke 12 50 There is a terrible baptism ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.
Luke 12 51 Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to bring strife and division!
Luke 12 52 From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against--or the other way around.
Luke 12 53 There will be a division between father and son, mother and daughter, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law."
Luke 12 54 Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, "When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, 'Here comes a shower.' And you are right.
Luke 12 55 When the south wind blows, you say, 'Today will be a scorcher.' And it is.
Luke 12 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but you can't interpret these present times.
Luke 12 57 "Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right?
Luke 12 58 If you are on the way to court and you meet your accuser, try to settle the matter before it reaches the judge, or you may be sentenced and handed over to an officer and thrown in jail.
Luke 12 59 And if that happens, you won't be free again until you have paid the last penny."
Luke 13 1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Luke 13 2 "Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than other people from Galilee?" he asked. "Is that why they suffered?
Luke 13 3 Not at all! And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God.
Luke 13 4 And what about the eighteen men who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?
Luke 13 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will also perish."
Luke 13 6 Then Jesus used this illustration: "A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed.
Luke 13 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I've waited three years, and there hasn't been a single fig! Cut it down. It's taking up space we can use for something else.'
Luke 13 8 "The gardener answered, 'Give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I'll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.
Luke 13 9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, you can cut it down.'"
Luke 13 10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue,
Luke 13 11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.
Luke 13 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are healed of your sickness!"
Luke 13 13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised and thanked God!
Luke 13 14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. "There are six days of the week for working," he said to the crowd. "Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath."
Luke 13 15 But the Lord replied, "You hypocrite! You work on the Sabbath day! Don't you untie your ox or your donkey from their stalls on the Sabbath and lead them out for water?
Luke 13 16 Wasn't it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?"
Luke 13 17 This shamed his enemies. And all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.
Luke 13 18 Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it?
Luke 13 19 It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among its branches."
Luke 13 20 He also asked, "What else is the Kingdom of God like?
Luke 13 21 It is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough."
Luke 13 22 Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.
Luke 13 23 Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He replied,
Luke 13 24 "The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, because many will try to enter,
Luke 13 25 but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. Then you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Lord, open the door for us!' But he will reply, 'I do not know you.'
Luke 13 26 You will say, 'But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'
Luke 13 27 And he will reply, 'I tell you, I don't know you. Go away, all you who do evil.'
Luke 13 28 "And there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets within the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out.
Luke 13 29 Then people will come from all over the world to take their places in the Kingdom of God.
Luke 13 30 And note this: Some who are despised now will be greatly honored then; and some who are greatly honored now will be despised then. "
Luke 13 31 A few minutes later some Pharisees said to him, "Get out of here if you want to live, because Herod Antipas wants to kill you!"
Luke 13 32 Jesus replied, "Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and doing miracles of healing today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose.
Luke 13 33 Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn't do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!
Luke 13 34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.
Luke 13 35 And now look, your house is left to you empty. And you will never see me again until you say, 'Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!'"
Luke 14 1 One Sabbath day Jesus was in the home of a leader of the Pharisees. The people were watching him closely,
Luke 14 2 because there was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.
Luke 14 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, "Well, is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?"
Luke 14 4 When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away.
Luke 14 5 Then he turned to them and asked, "Which of you doesn't work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don't you proceed at once to get him out?"
Luke 14 6 Again they had no answer.
Luke 14 7 When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:
Luke 14 8 "If you are invited to a wedding feast, don't always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also been invited?
Luke 14 9 The host will say, 'Let this person sit here instead.' Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
Luke 14 10 "Do this instead--sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, 'Friend, we have a better place than this for you!' Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.
Luke 14 11 For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored."
Luke 14 12 Then he turned to his host. "When you put on a luncheon or a dinner," he said, "don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back.
Luke 14 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Luke 14 14 Then at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you."
Luke 14 15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, "What a privilege it would be to have a share in the Kingdom of God!"
Luke 14 16 Jesus replied with this illustration: "A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.
Luke 14 17 When all was ready, he sent his servant around to notify the guests that it was time for them to come.
Luke 14 18 But they all began making excuses. One said he had just bought a field and wanted to inspect it, so he asked to be excused.
Luke 14 19 Another said he had just bought five pair of oxen and wanted to try them out.
Luke 14 20 Another had just been married, so he said he couldn't come.
Luke 14 21 "The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was angry and said, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the city and invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.'
Luke 14 22 After the servant had done this, he reported, 'There is still room for more.'
Luke 14 23 So his master said, 'Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.
Luke 14 24 For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them.'"
Luke 14 25 Great crowds were following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,
Luke 14 26 "If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14 27 And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me.
Luke 14 28 "But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills?
Luke 14 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you!
Luke 14 30 They would say, 'There's the person who started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!'
Luke 14 31 "Or what king would ever dream of going to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of ten thousand is strong enough to defeat the twenty thousand soldiers who are marching against him?
Luke 14 32 If he is not able, then while the enemy is still far away, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace.
Luke 14 33 So no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me.
Luke 14 34 "Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?
Luke 14 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for fertilizer. It is thrown away. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!"
Luke 15 1 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.
Luke 15 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people--even eating with them!
Luke 15 3 So Jesus used this illustration:
Luke 15 4 "If you had one hundred sheep, and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn't you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it?
Luke 15 5 And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders.
Luke 15 6 When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found.
Luke 15 7 In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!
Luke 15 8 "Or suppose a woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it?
Luke 15 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she has found her lost coin.
Luke 15 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels when even one sinner repents."
Luke 15 11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons.
Luke 15 12 The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
Luke 15 13 "A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living.
Luke 15 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.
Luke 15 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs.
Luke 15 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
Luke 15 17 "When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger!
Luke 15 18 I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,
Luke 15 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man."'
Luke 15 20 "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
Luke 15 21 His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. '
Luke 15 22 "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet.
Luke 15 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast,
Luke 15 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.
Luke 15 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house,
Luke 15 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on.
Luke 15 27 'Your brother is back,' he was told, 'and your father has killed the calf we were fattening and has prepared a great feast. We are celebrating because of his safe return.'
Luke 15 28 "The older brother was angry and wouldn't go in. His father came out and begged him,
Luke 15 29 but he replied, 'All these years I've worked hard for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends.
Luke 15 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the finest calf we have.'
Luke 15 31 "His father said to him, 'Look, dear son, you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours.
Luke 15 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'"
Luke 16 1 Jesus told this story to his disciples: "A rich man hired a manager to handle his affairs, but soon a rumor went around that the manager was thoroughly dishonest.
Luke 16 2 So his employer called him in and said, 'What's this I hear about your stealing from me? Get your report in order, because you are going to be dismissed.'
Luke 16 3 "The manager thought to himself, 'Now what? I'm through here, and I don't have the strength to go out and dig ditches, and I'm too proud to beg.
Luke 16 4 I know just the thing! And then I'll have plenty of friends to take care of me when I leave!'
Luke 16 5 "So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe him?'
Luke 16 6 The man replied, 'I owe him eight hundred gallons of olive oil.' So the manager told him, 'Tear up that bill and write another one for four hundred gallons. '
Luke 16 7 "'And how much do you owe my employer?' he asked the next man. 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' was the reply. 'Here,' the manager said, 'take your bill and replace it with one for only eight hundred bushels. '
Luke 16 8 "The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the citizens of this world are more shrewd than the godly are.
Luke 16 9 I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.
Luke 16 10 "Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.
Luke 16 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
Luke 16 12 And if you are not faithful with other people's money, why should you be trusted with money of your own?
Luke 16 13 "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Luke 16 14 The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, naturally scoffed at all this.
Luke 16 15 Then he said to them, "You like to look good in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God.
Luke 16 16 "Until John the Baptist began to preach, the laws of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But now the Good News of the Kingdom of God is preached, and eager multitudes are forcing their way in.
Luke 16 17 But that doesn't mean that the law has lost its force in even the smallest point. It is stronger and more permanent than heaven and earth.
Luke 16 18 "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
Luke 16 19 Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed and who lived each day in luxury.
Luke 16 20 At his door lay a diseased beggar named Lazarus.
Luke 16 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.
Luke 16 22 Finally, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,
Luke 16 23 and his soul went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.
Luke 16 24 "The rich man shouted, 'Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in these flames.'
Luke 16 25 "But Abraham said to him, 'Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish.
Luke 16 26 And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. Anyone who wanted to cross over to you from here is stopped at its edge, and no one there can cross over to us.'
Luke 16 27 "Then the rich man said, 'Please, Father Abraham, send him to my father's home.
Luke 16 28 For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them about this place of torment so they won't have to come here when they die.'
Luke 16 29 "But Abraham said, 'Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read their writings anytime they want to.'
Luke 16 30 "The rich man replied, 'No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.'
Luke 16 31 "But Abraham said, 'If they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't listen even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Luke 17 1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "There will always be temptations to sin, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting.
Luke 17 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck than to face the punishment in store for harming one of these little ones.
Luke 17 3 I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him.
Luke 17 4 Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him."
Luke 17 5 One day the apostles said to the Lord, "We need more faith; tell us how to get it."
Luke 17 6 "Even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed," the Lord answered, "you could say to this mulberry tree, 'May God uproot you and throw you into the sea,' and it would obey you!
Luke 17 7 "When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn't just sit down and eat.
Luke 17 8 He must first prepare his master's meal and serve him his supper before eating his own.
Luke 17 9 And the servant is not even thanked, because he is merely doing what he is supposed to do.
Luke 17 10 In the same way, when you obey me you should say, 'We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty.'"
Luke 17 11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria.
Luke 17 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,
Luke 17 13 crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
Luke 17 14 He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, their leprosy disappeared.
Luke 17 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God, I'm healed!"
Luke 17 16 He fell face down on the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Luke 17 17 Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?
Luke 17 18 Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?"
Luke 17 19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has made you well."
Luke 17 20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the Kingdom of God come?" Jesus replied, "The Kingdom of God isn't ushered in with visible signs.
Luke 17 21 You won't be able to say, 'Here it is!' or 'It's over there!' For the Kingdom of God is among you. "
Luke 17 22 Later he talked again about this with his disciples. "The time is coming when you will long to share in the days of the Son of Man, but you won't be able to," he said.
Luke 17 23 "Reports will reach you that the Son of Man has returned and that he is in this place or that. Don't believe such reports or go out to look for him.
Luke 17 24 For when the Son of Man returns, you will know it beyond all doubt. It will be as evident as the lightning that flashes across the sky.
Luke 17 25 But first the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation.
Luke 17 26 "When the Son of Man returns, the world will be like the people were in Noah's day.
Luke 17 27 In those days before the flood, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came to destroy them all.
Luke 17 28 "And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business--eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building--
Luke 17 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
Luke 17 30 Yes, it will be 'business as usual' right up to the hour when the Son of Man returns.
Luke 17 31 On that day a person outside the house must not go into the house to pack. A person in the field must not return to town.
Luke 17 32 Remember what happened to Lot's wife!
Luke 17 33 Whoever clings to this life will lose it, and whoever loses this life will save it.
Luke 17 34 That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken away, and the other will be left.
Luke 17 35 Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. "
Luke 17 36 See Footnote
Luke 17 37 "Lord, where will this happen?" the disciples asked. Jesus replied, "Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near."