But Jesus saw her, and calling to her, He said to her, "Woman, you are free from your weakness."
And He put His hands on her, and she immediately stood upright and began to give glory to God.
Then the Warden of the Synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured her on a Sabbath, said to the crowd, "There are six days in the week on which people ought to work. On those days therefore come and get yourselves cured, and not on the Sabbath day."
But the Lord's reply to him was, "Hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his bullock or his ass from the stall and lead him to water?
And this woman, daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan had bound for no less than eighteen years, was she not to be loosed from this chain because it is the Sabbath day?"
When He had said this, all His opponents were ashamed, while the whole multitude was delighted at the many glorious things continually done by Him.
This prompted Him to say, "What is the Kingdom of God like? and to what shall I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed which a man drops into the soil in his garden, and it grows and becomes a tree in whose branches the birds roost."
And again He said, "To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?
It is like yeast which a woman takes and buries in a bushel of flour, to work there till the whole is leavened."
He was passing through town after town and village after village, steadily proceeding towards Jerusalem,