The Rich Fool

   
The Rich Fool  
   
   
36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal‘s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.  
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.  
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.  
39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the Lord, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the Lord hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.  
40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.  
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.  
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.  
43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.  
44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.  
   
   
12 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.  
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.  
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:  
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.  
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.  
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:  
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.  
13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.  
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?  
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:  
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.  
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.  
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.  
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?  
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?  
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?  
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?  
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  
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