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Who Is the Trusted Servant?
41Peter said, "Lord, did you tell this story for us or for all people?" 42The Lord
said, "Who is the wise and trusted servant? The master trusts one servant to give
the other servants their food at the right time. Who is the servant that the master
trusts to do that work? 43When the master comes and finds that servant doing the
work he gave him, that servant will be very happy. 44I tell you the truth. The
master will choose that servant to take care of everything the master owns. 45But
what will happen if that servant is evil and thinks that his master will not come
back soon? That servant will begin to beat the other servants, men and women. He
will eat and drink and get drunk. 46Then the master of that servant will come when
that servant is not ready. It will be a time when that servant is not expecting
the master. Then the master will punish that servant. The master will send him away
to be with the other people that don't obey. 47"That servant knew what his master
wanted him to do. But that servant did not make himself ready or try to do what
his master wanted. So that servant will be punished very much! 48But what about
the servant that does not know what his master wants? The servant does things that
deserve punishment. But he will get less punishment than the servant that knew what
he should do. Any person that has been given much will be responsible for much.
Much more will be expected from the person that has been given more."
People Will Not Agree About Jesus
49Jesus continued speaking: "I came to bring fire to the world. I wish it were already
burning! 50I must be baptized with a [different kind of] baptism.* I feel very troubled
until it is finished. 51Do you think that I came to give peace to the world? No!
I came to divide the world! 52From now on, a family with five people will be divided,
three against two, and two against three. 53A father and son will be divided: The
son will be against his father. The father will be against his son. A mother and
her daughter will be divided: The daughter will be against her mother. The mother
will be against her daughter. A mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law will be divided:
The daughter-in-law will be against her mother-in-law. The mother-in-law will be
against her daughter-in-law."
Understanding the Times
54Then Jesus said to the people, "When you see clouds growing bigger in the west,
you say, 'A rainstorm is coming.' And soon it begins to rain. 55When you feel the
wind begin to blow from the south, you say, 'It will be a hot day.' And you are
right. 56You hypocrites*! You can understand the weather. Why don't you understand
what is happening now?
Settle Your Problems
57"Why can't you decide for yourselves what is right? 58Suppose a person is suing
you, and you are going with him to court. You should try hard to settle it on the
way. If you don't settle it, he may take you to the judge. And the judge will throw
you into jail. 59You will not get out of there until you have paid every cent of
what you owe."
baptized ... baptism These words have a special meaning here--being "baptized" or
"buried" in troubles. hypocrites Bad people that act like they are good.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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