Luke Chapter Six

LUKE CHAPTER SIX

1 One Sabbath Jesus walked through grainfields, and

His followers began to pick some heads

Of grain, rub them off in their hands and eat

 

The kernels. 2 But some Pharisees said, “That’s

Illegal! They can’t do that on the Sabbath!”

3 Jesus replied to them, “Have you not read

 

What David did when he and his companions

Were hungry? 4 He went in the house of God,

Removed the consecrated bread, and ate

 

It, giving some to his companions, though

It’s lawful only for the priests to eat.”

5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man

 

Is master even of the Sabbath.” 6 On

Another Sabbath, when he went into

The synagogue to teach, a man was there

 

Whose right hand was deformed. 7 The Pharisees

And teachers of the law were looking for

A reason to accuse him, so they watched

 

Him closely to observe if he would heal

Upon the Sabbath. 8 Jesus knew what they

Were thinking, and he told the man who had

 

A shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front

Of everyone.” He rose and stood there. 9 Then

Jesus told them, “I have a question. Which

 

Is lawful on the Sabbath: To do good

Or to do evil, to save life or to

Destroy it?” 10 He looked ‘round and met their eyes,

 

Then told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did

So, and his hand was thoroughly restored.

11 But they were furious and started to

 

Discuss with one another how to deal

With Jesus. 12 One of those days Jesus went

Out to a mountainside to pray, and spent

 

The night praying to God. 13 When morning came,

He called his followers to him and chose

Twelve of them, whom he also designated

 

Apostles: 14 Simon (Jesus named him Peter),

His brother Andrew, James, John, Philip and

Bartholomew and 15 Matthew, Thomas, James

 

Son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called

The Zealot, 16 Judas (James’s son), and Judas

Iscariot, who would become a traitor.

 

17 He went on down with them and stood upon

A level place. A group of his disciples

Was there and many people from all over

 

Judea, from Jerusalem, and from

The coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come

To hear him and be healed of their afflictions.

 

Even those troubled by the evil spirits

Were cured, 19 and people all attempted to

Touch him, for power emanated from

 

Him, healing them all. 20 He looked up at his

Disciples and said: “Blessed are you who

Are poor, because God’s kingdom’s yours, 21 and blessed

 

Are you who hunger now, for you will be

Satisfied, and how blessed are you who

Weep now, for you will laugh. 22 How blessed are

 

You when men hate you, and exclude you from

Their company, and when they slander you

And insult you, due to the Son of Man.

 

23 Rejoice when that occurs and leap for joy,

For great is your reward in heaven. For

That’s how their fathers acted toward the prophets.

 

24 But oh, the sorrows that await you rich,

For you’ve already had your comfort. 25 How

Awful for those of you well fed now, for

 

You will go hungry, and how sorrowful

For you who laugh now, for you’ll mourn and weep.

26 How dismal for you when all men speak well

 

Of you, for that is how their fathers were

Toward the false prophets, 27 but I say to all

Of you who’ll hear me: Love your enemies,

 

Do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who

Curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.

29 If someone punches you on one cheek, turn

 

The other to him too. If someone takes

Your coat, give him your shirt besides. 30 Give to

Everyone who asks, and if anyone

 

Takes what belongs to you, do not demand

It back. 31 Treat others as you would have them

Treat you, 32 for if you love those who love you,

 

What credit’s that to you? For even ‘sinners’

Love those who love them, 33 and if you do good

To those who’re good to you, what credit’s that

 

To you? For even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 If

You lend to those from whom you hope to get

Your money back, what credit’s that to you?

 

Even wicked people lend to their own,

Expecting to receive their money back.

35 But love your enemies, do good to them,

 

And lend to them without anticipating

Anything back. Then your reward will be

Immense, and you will be sons of the Most High,

 

Because he is kind to the ungrateful and

The vile. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father

Is merciful. 37 Don’t judge, and you will not

 

Be judged. Do not condemn, and you won’t be

Condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

38 Give, and it will be given to you– yes,

 

Good measure, pressed down, shaken all together

And running over, will be poured into

Your lap. For with the measure that you use,

 

It will be measured back to you.” 39 He also

Told them this parable: “Can a blind man

Lead a blind man? Won’t they both fall into

 

A pit? 40 A student’s not above his teacher,

But when he’s fully trained he will be like

His teacher. 41 Why do you look at the speck

 

Of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail

To note the plank in your own eye? 42 How can

You tell your brother, ‘Brother, let me take

 

The speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself

Have failed to see the plank in your own eye?

You hypocrite, you should remove the plank

 

From your own eye first, then you’ll clearly see

To take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

43 No good tree bears bad fruit, and a bad tree

 

Does not bear good fruit. 44 Each tree’s recognized

By its own fruit. You don’t pick figs from briars

Or gather grapes from bramble bushes, 45 for

 

A good man brings good things out of the good

Stored in his heart; and the evil man brings evil

Things from the evil stored up in his heart.

 

For a man’s words express what has been stored

Within his heart. 46 Why do you call me, ‘Lord,

Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 I will

 

Show you what he is like who comes to me

And hears my words and puts them into practice.

48 He’s like a man who builds a house, who digs

 

Down deep and places the foundation on

Rock. When floods rise and strike that house, they will

Not shake it, for it’s properly constructed,

 

49 And yet whoever hears my words and does

Not practice them is like a man who built

A house on ground without foundation there.

 

The torrent struck that house, and in a flash

The house was ruined, fallen with a crash.”

 

S.D.G.