Luke 13



1 And there were·​·present at the same time some who reported to Him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answering said to them, Do you think that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they have suffered such things?

3 I say to you, No; but unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those ten and eight, on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were debtors above all men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I say to you, No; but unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

6 And He told this parable: A certain man had a fig·​·tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.

7 And he said to the vine-worker, Behold, three years I come seeking fruit on this fig·​·tree, and find not. Cut· it ·down. Why should it also make· the land ·useless?

8 But he answering said to him, Lord, leave it also this year, until I dig around it, and cast dung around it;

9 and·​·if it indeed make fruit—and if not, in the future cut· it ·down.*

10 And He was in one of the synagogues teaching on the Sabbaths.

11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of sickness ten and eight years, and she was stooped·​·over, and was· not ·able at·​·all to stand·​·up.

12 And when Jesus saw her, He summoned her and said to her, Woman, thou art released·​·from thy sickness.

13 And He laid· His hands ·on her, and immediately she was made·​·straight, and glorified God.

14 But the ruler of the synagogue, being indignant that Jesus cured on the Sabbath, answering, said to the crowd, There are six days in which one must work; in these then come to be cured, and not on the day of the Sabbath.

15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Hypocrite, does not every·​·one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead· it ·away to give· it ·drink?

16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—behold, these ten and eight years—be loosed from this bond on the day of the Sabbath?

17 And saying these·​·things, all those opposing Him were·​·ashamed; and all the crowd rejoiced at all the glorious things that were·​·done by Him.

18 And He said, What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I liken it?

19 It is like a grain of mustard·​·seed, which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew, and became a great tree; and the birds of heaven nested in its branches.

20 And again He said, To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three satas* of meal, till the whole was leavened.

22 And He went·​·through cities and villages, teaching and making His way to Jerusalem.

23 And someone said to Him, Lord, are those being saved few? And He said to them,

24 Strive to enter in through the tight gate, for many, I say to·​·you, shall seek to come·​·in, and shall not be·​·able*.

25 When once the Householder has risen and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us, He shall answer and say to you, I know you not, whence you are.

26 Then you shall begin to say, We have eaten in Thy presence, and drunk, and Thou hast taught in our streets.

27 And He shall tell you, I say to·​·you, I know you not, whence you are; stand·​·back from me, all ye workers of injustice.

28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth there, when you shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves cast outside.

29 And they shall come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and shall recline in the kingdom of God.

30 And behold, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.

31 In the same day, certain Pharisees came, saying to Him, Come·​·out and go hence, for Herod wills to kill Thee.

32 And He said to them, Go, say to that fox, behold, I cast·​·out demons, and perform healings today and tomorrow; and on the third day I shall be perfected.

33 Nevertheless I must go forth today and tomorrow, and the day following, because it is not fitting that a prophet perish outside·​·of Jerusalem.

34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who killest the prophets, and stonest those who were sent to thee, how often I willed to gather thy children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

35 Behold, your house is left to you deserted; but amen I say to you, that you shall not see Me until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.*

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.