2. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were sinners above all Galileans, because they suffered such things?
4. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them, do you suppose that these were debtors above all men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
6. And He spoke this parable: “A certain man had planted a fig tree in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, but he did not find any.
7. Then he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look here! For three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and have not found any. Cut it down. Why should it continue to waste space in the ground?’
8. But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it and put in manure,
9. And see if in fact it will bear fruit; but if not, after that you shall cut it down.’ ”
10. Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on one of the Sabbaths;
11. And lo, there was a woman who had been afflicted with a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, and she was bent over and unable to straighten herself up.
12. And when He saw her, Jesus called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you have been loosed from your infirmity.”
13. Then He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
14. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and said to the people, “There are six days in which men are obligated to work; therefore, during those days come and be healed, but not on the Sabbath day.”
15. Therefore, the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to drink?
17. And after He said these things, all those who opposed Him were ashamed; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were being done by Him.
18. Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it?
19. It is like a tiny mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew and developed into a great tree, and the birds of heaven roosted in its branches.”
20. And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21. It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until all was leavened.”
22. Now He was going through the cities and villages teaching, while making progress toward Jerusalem.
23. And one said to Him, “Lord, are those who are being saved few?” Then He said to them,
24. “Strive with your whole being to enter in through the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, but shall not be able.
25. Once the Master of the house has risen up and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside the door and knock, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us’; then shall He answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you or where you are from.’
26. And you shall begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You have taught in our streets.’
27. And He shall say, ‘I tell you, I do not know you or where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’
28. There shall 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 are cast out.
29. Then they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30. And behold, there are the last who shall be first, and the first who shall be last.”
31. On the same day certain Pharisees came to Him, saying, “Go out and depart from this place because Herod desires to kill You.”
33. But it is necessary for Me to proceed today and tomorrow and the following day; because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem.’
34. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who have been sent to you; how often would I have gathered your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you refused!
35. Behold, your house is left to you desolate. And truly I say to you, you shall not see Me at all until the time comes that you say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”
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