Bible: Luke 13:1-9

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.’

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