Luke 13:22-30

The Narrow Door

22 1He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and 2journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 And someone said to him, "Lord, 3will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them,
24 4"Strive 5to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25 6When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 7'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, 8'I do not know where you come from.'
26 Then you will begin to say, 9'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'
27 But he will say, 'I tell you, 10I do not know where you come from. 11Depart from me, all you workers of evil!'
28 12In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see 13Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but 14you yourselves cast out.
29 And 15people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and 16recline at table in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, 17some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

Luke 13:22-30 In-Context

20 And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened."
22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 And someone said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them,
24 "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, 'I do not know where you come from.'
26 Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.'
27 But he will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!'
28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.
29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."
31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you."
32 And he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.

Cross References 17

  • 1. See Mark 6:6
  • 2. [ver. 33]; See Luke 9:51
  • 3. Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15
  • 4. 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 12:4; [1 Timothy 6:12(Gk.)]; See 1 Corinthians 9:25
  • 5. Matthew 7:13
  • 6. For ver. 25-27, [Matthew 25:10-12]
  • 7. Matthew 7:22, 23
  • 8. Matthew 10:33; Matthew 25:12; [2 Timothy 2:19]
  • 9. [Exodus 24:11]
  • 10. [See ver. 25 above]
  • 11. See Psalms 6:8
  • 12. See Matthew 8:11, 12
  • 13. See Matthew 8:11, 12
  • 14. See Matthew 8:11, 12
  • 15. [See ver. 28 above]
  • 16. [Luke 14:15; Luke 22:30]
  • 17. See Matthew 19:30
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