Repent or Perish1There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood aPilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And he answered them, b“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3No, I tell you; but unless you crepent, you will all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in dSiloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but unless you erepent, you will all likewise perish.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree6And he told this parable: “A man had fa fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. gCut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
A Woman with a Disabling Spirit10Now hhe was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11And behold, there was a woman who had had ia disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13And he jlaid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she kglorified God. 14But lthe ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus mhad healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, n“There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! oDoes not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16And ought not this woman, pa daughter of Abraham whom qSatan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17As he said these things, rall his adversaries were put to shame, and sall the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
The Mustard Seed and the Leaven18 tHe said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19It is like ua grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
20And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 vIt is like leaven that a woman took and hid in wthree measures of flour, until it was xall leavened.”
The Narrow Door22 yHe went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and zjourneying toward Jerusalem. 23And someone said to him, “Lord, aawill those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 ab“Strive acto enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 adWhen once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ae‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, af‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26Then you will begin to say, ag‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27But he will say, ‘I tell you, ahI do not know where you come from. aiDepart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 ajIn that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see akAbraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but alyou yourselves cast out. 29And ampeople will come from east and west, and from north and south, and anrecline at table in the kingdom of God. 30And behold, aosome are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
Lament over Jerusalem31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from aphere, for aqHerod wants to kill you.” 32And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day arI finish my course. 33Nevertheless, asI atmust go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that aua prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 avO Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that awkills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! axHow often would I have aygathered azyour children together baas a hen gathers her brood bbunder her wings, and bcyou were not willing! 35Behold, bdyour house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, be‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
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