Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate1 had mixed with their sacrifices.
Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?23I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam3 fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?5I tell you, no! But unless you repent,4 you too will all perish."6
Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.57So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down!6 Why should it use up the soil?'8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,711
and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.8 She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."13
Then he put his hands on her,9 and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,10 the synagogue ruler11 said to the people, "There are six days for work.12 So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."
The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?1316Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,14 whom Satan15 has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"17
When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated,16 but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.