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Luke 13 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 At that time some people were there who told Jesus that Pilaten had killed some people from Galilee while they were worshiping. He mixed their blood with the blood of the animals they were sacrificing to God. 1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
2 Jesus answered, "Do you think this happened to them because they were more sinful than all others from Galilee? 2 Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?
3 No, I tell you. But unless you change your hearts and lives, you will be destroyed as they were! 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
4 What about those eighteen people who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think they were more sinful than all the others who live in Jerusalem? 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5 No, I tell you. But unless you change your hearts and lives, you will all be destroyed too!" 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
6 Jesus told this story: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for some fruit on the tree, but he found none. 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.
7 So the man said to his gardener, 'I have been looking for fruit on this tree for three years, but I never find any. Cut it down. Why should it waste the ground?' 7 So 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! Why should it use up the soil?'
8 But the servant answered, 'Master, let the tree have one more year to produce fruit. Let me dig up the dirt around it and put on some fertilizer. 8 " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.
9 If the tree produces fruit next year, good. But if not, you can cut it down.'" 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
10 Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. 10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,
11 A woman was there who, for eighteen years, had an evil spirit in her that made her crippled. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are free from your sickness." 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."
13 Jesus put his hands on her, and immediately she was able to stand up straight and began praising God. 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. He said to the people, "There are six days when one has to work. So come to be healed on one of those days, and not on the Sabbath day." 14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."
15 The Lord answered, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day -- even on the Sabbath day? 15 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?
16 This woman that I healed, a daughter of Abraham, has been held by Satan for eighteen years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be freed from her sickness on a Sabbath day!" 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"
17 When Jesus said this, all of those who were criticizing him were ashamed, but the entire crowd rejoiced at all the wonderful things Jesus was doing. 17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
18 Then Jesus said, "What is God's kingdom like? What can I compare it with? 18 Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
19 It is like a mustard seed that a man plants in his garden. The seed grows and becomes a tree, and the wild birds build nests in its branches." 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches."
20 Jesus said again, "What can I compare God's kingdom with? 20 Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?
21 It is like yeast that a woman took and hid in a large tub of flour until it made all the dough rise." 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
22 Jesus was teaching in every town and village as he traveled toward Jerusalem. 22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
23 Someone said to Jesus, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" Jesus said, 23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
24 "Try hard to enter through the narrow door, because many people will try to enter there, but they will not be able. 24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
25 When the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you can stand outside and knock on the door and say, 'Sir, open the door for us.' But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'
26 Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in the streets of our town.' 26 "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'
27 But he will say to you, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Go away from me, all you who do evil!' 27 "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'
28 You will cry and grind your teeth with pain when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God's kingdom, but you yourselves thrown outside. 28 "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.
29 People will come from the east, west, north, and south and will sit down at the table in the kingdom of God. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
30 There are those who have the lowest place in life now who will have the highest place in the future. And there are those who have the highest place now who will have the lowest place in the future." 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."
31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Go away from here! Herod wants to kill you!" 31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."
32 Jesus said to them, "Go tell that fox Herod, 'Today and tomorrow I am forcing demons out and healing people. Then, on the third day, I will reach my goal.' 32 He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'
33 Yet I must be on my way today and tomorrow and the next day. Surely it cannot be right for a prophet to be killed anywhere except in Jerusalem. 33 In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day--for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
34 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone to death those who are sent to you. Many times I wanted to gather your people as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me. 34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
35 Now your house is left completely empty. I tell you, you will not see me until that time when you will say, 'God bless the One who comes in the name of the Lord.'" 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.' "