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Luke 13

A Call to Repent

1 Now there were at hand some in that opportune-time1 reporting to him concerning the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifice. 2 And answering he said to them: Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners more than all the Galileans because of these [things] that they suffered? 3 No, I say to you, but if you do not repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen upon whom fell the tower in Siloam and killed them, do you suppose them to have been debtors more than all the men inhabiting Jerusalem? 5 No, I say to you, but if you do not repent, you will all likewise perish.

Warning to Israel to Bear Fruit

6 But he was saying this parable: A certain man has [a] fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to his vinedresser: Behold from which three years I come seeking fruit on this tree and found none. Cut it down, why also waste the land? 8 But answering he said to him: Lord, leave it even this year, until I dig around it and throw dung, 9 and for result it may give fruit. Otherwise, cut it down.

Healing on the Sabbath

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold [a] woman having [a] spirit of sickliness eighteen years; and she was bent over and unable to stand completely erect. 12 So Jesus seeing her called out and said to her: Woman, you are released [of your] sickliness, 13 and laid upon her his hands, and immediately she became erect, and was glorifying God. 14 But the chief of the synagogue answering, being indignant that Jesus healed on the Sabbath, was saying to the crowd that: There are six days in which one must work. In those coming therefore be healing and not on the day of the Sabbath. 15 But the Lord answered him and said: Hypocrites, don't each [of you] on the Sabbath loose your ox or ass from the manger and leading give them to drink? 16 But this [one] being [a] daughter of Abraham, who satan bound behold ten and eight years, wasn't it necessary she be loosed from this bond on the day of the Sabbath? 17 And when he said these [things] all his opponents were disgraced, and all the crowd rejoiced upon all the splendid [things] that came to pass by him.

On the Kingdom of God

18 He was saying therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like, and to what will I liken it? 19 It is like [a] mustard seed, which taking, [a] man placed in his garden, and it grew and became [a] tree, and the birds of heaven nested in its branches.

20 And again he said: To what will I liken the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven, which taking, [a] woman hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened.

The Narrow Door

22 And he was going through by city and town teaching and doing the journey to Jerusalem. 23 But someone said to him: Lord, [are] few being saved? But he said to him: 24 Be striving to enter through the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be strong enough. 25 When the master of the house arises and closes the door, and you begin to stand outside and to be knocking on the door saying: Lord, open to us, and answering he will say to you: I do not know whence you are. 26 Then you will begin to be saying: We ate before you and drank, and in our streets you taught. 27 And he will say to them: I do not know whence you are. Depart from me all [who] do injustice. 28 There will there be weeping and gnashing2 of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you cast out. 29 And they will come from the east and the west and from north and south, and banquet in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold the last will be first and the first will be last.

Going to Jerusalem

31 In that hour certain 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 healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will be completed3. 33 Neverthess I must go [on my way] today and tomorrow and the next day, for it cannot be that [a] prophet should perish away from Jerusalem. 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the [city] that kills the prophets and stones those sent to it. How often would I have gathered your children together as [a] hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say: Blessed [is] the one coming in the name of the Lord!

1KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

2or "grinding," "biting," "snarling"

3or "perfected"