Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath,1 the synagogue leader2 said to the people, "There are six days for work.3 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 your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?416Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham,5 whom Satan6 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,7 but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God8 like?9 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,10 and the birds perched in its branches."1120
Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty poundsa of flour until it worked all through the dough."12
Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.1323
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
24"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,14 because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.