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1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were sacrificing at the Temple in Jerusalem. 1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
2 "Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than other people from Galilee?" he asked. "Is that why they suffered? 2 Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?
3 Not at all! And you will also perish unless you turn from your evil ways and turn to God. 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
4 And what about the eighteen men who died when the Tower of Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners 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, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will also perish." 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
6 Then Jesus used this illustration: "A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 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 Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I've waited three years, and there hasn't been a single fig! Cut it down. It's taking up space we can use for something else.' 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 "The gardener answered, 'Give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I'll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. 8 " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.
9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, you can cut it down.'" 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
10 One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, 10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,
11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to 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 healed of your sickness!" 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."
13 Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised and thanked God! 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. "There are six days of the week for working," he said to the crowd. "Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath." 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 But the Lord replied, "You hypocrite! You work on the Sabbath day! Don't you untie your ox or your donkey from their stalls on the Sabbath and lead them out for water? 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 Wasn't it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?" 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 This shamed his enemies. And all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did. 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 the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 18 Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
19 It is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds come and find shelter among 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 He also asked, "What else is the Kingdom of God like? 20 Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?
21 It is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough." 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 went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem. 22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
23 Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He replied, 23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
24 "The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, because many will try to enter, 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 but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. Then you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Lord, open the door for us!' But he will reply, 'I do not know you.' 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 You will say, 'But we ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' 26 "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'
27 And he will reply, 'I tell you, I don't know you. Go away, 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 "And there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth, for you will see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets within the Kingdom of God, but you will be thrown out. 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 Then people will come from all over the world to take their places 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 And note this: Some who are despised now will be greatly honored then; and some who are greatly honored now will be despised then. " 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."
31 A few minutes later some Pharisees said to him, "Get out of here if you want to live, because Herod Antipas 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 replied, "Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and doing miracles of healing today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my purpose. 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 Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it wouldn't do for a prophet of God to be killed 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 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't 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 And now look, your house is left to you empty. And you will never see me again until you say, '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.' "