and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.1 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,2 and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,3 the synagogue ruler4 said to the people, "There are six days for work.5 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?616Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,7 whom Satan8 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,9 but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God10 like?11 What shall I compare it to?19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree,12 and the birds of the air perched in its branches."1320
Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amounta of flour until it worked all through the dough."14