Bible: Luke 13

A Call to Repent

13:1 Now 1  there were some present on that occasion who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2  13:2 He 3  answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners 4  than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? 13:3 No, I tell you! But unless you repent, 5  you will all perish as well! 6  13:4 Or those eighteen who were killed 7  when the tower in Siloam fell on them, 8  do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 9  13:5 No, I tell you! But unless you repent 10  you will all perish as well! 11 

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

13:6 Then 12  Jesus 13  told this parable: “A man had a fig tree 14  planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 13:7 So 15  he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For 16  three years 17  now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it 18  I find none. Cut 19  it down! Why 20  should it continue to deplete 21  the soil?’ 13:8 But the worker 22  answered him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer 23  on it. 13:9 Then if 24  it bears fruit next year, 25  very well, 26  but if 27  not, you can cut it down.’

Healing on the Sabbath

13:10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues 28  on the Sabbath, 13:11 and a woman was there 29  who had been disabled by a spirit 30  for eighteen years. She 31  was bent over and could not straighten herself up completely. 32  13:12 When 33  Jesus saw her, he called her to him 34  and said, “Woman, 35  you are freed 36  from your infirmity.” 37  13:13 Then 38  he placed his hands on her, and immediately 39  she straightened up and praised God. 13:14 But the president of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd, “There are six days on which work 40  should be done! 41  So come 42  and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day.” 13:15 Then the Lord answered him, 43 You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from its stall, 44  and lead it to water? 45  13:16 Then 46  shouldn’t 47  this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan 48  bound for eighteen long 49  years, be released from this imprisonment 50  on the Sabbath day? 13:17 When 51  he said this all his adversaries were humiliated, 52  but 53  the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things 54  he was doing. 55 

On the Kingdom of God

13:18 Thus Jesus 56  asked, 57 What is the kingdom of God 58  like? 59  To 60  what should I compare it? 13:19 It is like a mustard seed 61  that a man took and sowed 62  in his garden. It 63  grew and became a tree, 64  and the wild birds 65  nested in its branches.” 66 

13:20 Again 67  he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? 68  13:21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with 69  three measures 70  of flour until all the dough had risen.” 71 

The Narrow Door

13:22 Then 72  Jesus 73  traveled throughout 74  towns 75  and villages, teaching and making his way toward 76  Jerusalem. 77  13:23 Someone 78  asked 79  him, “Lord, will only a few 80  be saved?” So 81  he said to them, 13:24 Exert every effort 82  to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 13:25 Once 83  the head of the house 84  gets up 85  and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, 86  let us in!’ 87  But he will answer you, 88 I don’t know where you come from.’ 89  13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 90  13:27 But 91  he will reply, 92 I don’t know where you come from! 93  Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 94  13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth 95  when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 96  and all the prophets in the kingdom of God 97  but you yourselves thrown out. 98  13:29 Then 99  people 100  will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table 101  in the kingdom of God. 102  13:30 But 103  indeed, 104  some are last 105  who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Going to Jerusalem

13:31 At that time, 106  some Pharisees 107  came up and said to Jesus, 108 Get away from here, 109  because Herod 110  wants to kill you.” 13:32 But 111  he said to them, “Go 112  and tell that fox, 113 Look, I am casting out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day 114  I will complete my work. 115  13:33 Nevertheless I must 116  go on my way today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is impossible 117  that a prophet should be killed 118  outside Jerusalem.’ 119  13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 120  you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! 121  How often I have longed 122  to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but 123  you would have none of it! 124  13:35 Look, your house is forsaken! 125  And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” 126 

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