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13 And at that very time there were some present who reported to him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices; 2 and he answered them “Do you think these Galileans had been bigger sinners than any of the Galileans, that they suffered this 3 no, I tell you, but if you do not repent all of you will perish similarly. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower fell in Siloam and killed them, do you think they had more of an account standing against them than any of the people that live in Jerusalem? 5 no, I tell you, but if you do not repent you will all perish in the same way.” 6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig-tree planted in his orchard, and came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 7 And he said to the orchardman ‘Here it is three years since I have been coming to look for fruit on this tree and not finding any: cut it away, what is it keeping the land idle for into the bargain?’ 8 And he answered him ‘Sir, let it be this one year more till I dig around it and put in manure; 9 and if it does produce fruit for the coming year—well, if not, you shall cut it away.’” 10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath, 11 and there was a woman who had had a sickness-spirit eighteen years, and was bent over and unable to stand perfectly erect. 12 And Jesus, seeing her, called out to her and said “Woman, you are released from your sickness,” 13 and laid his hands on her; and immediately she straightened up and glorified God. 14 But the director of the synagogue, taking offense at Jesus’s having cured on the sabbath, answered by saying to the crowd “There are six days in which work ought to be done: so come in them and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him “Hypocrites, does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or ass from the manger, and lead it away and water it? 16 and ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan had tied up these eighteen years, to be untied from this tether on the sabbath day?” 17 And as he said this all his opponents were put to shame, and all the crowd rejoiced over all the magnificent things that were being done by him. 18 So he said “What is the Reign of God like, and to what shall I compare it? 19 it is like a grain of mustard which a man took and dropped into his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” 20 And again he said “To what shall I compare the Reign of God? 21 it is like a bit of yeast which a woman took and hid in forty quarts of flour till it all grew yeasty.” 22 And he was passing through city after city and village after village teaching and traveling toward Jerusalem, 23 and someone said to him “Sir, are there few who are saved?” and he said to them 24 “Push to get in through the narrow gate; because, I tell you, a great many will try to get in and not be able. 25 After the head of the house rises and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying ‘Open to us, sir,’ and he shall answer you ‘I do not know you to tell where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say ‘We have eaten and drunk before you, and you have taught in our streets’; 27* and he will tell you ‘I do not know where you are from: take yourselves away from me, all you doers of wrong.’ 28* There will the weeping and the grinding of teeth be, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Reign of God and yourselves put out. 29 And they will come from east and west and from north and south and go to the table in the Reign of God; 30 and there are last who will be first and there are first who will be last.” 31 At that moment certain Pharisees approached him saying “Go out and away from here, because Herod is wanting to kill you.” 32 And he said to them “Go and tell that fox ‘I am expelling demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I come to my consummation. 33 I must go on my way, though, today and tomorrow and the next day, because it is not possible that a prophet should perish outside Jerusalem. 34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of the prophets and stoner of those that are sent to her—how many times I have wished to gather her children as a bird gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Lo, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you shall not see me until there comes the time when you say ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”