Luke 13:1-22 Bible in Basic English

Repent or Perish

13 1  Now some people who were there at that time, gave him an account of how the blood of some Galilaeans had been mixed by Pilate with their offerings. 2  And he, in answer, said to them, Are you of the opinion that these Galilaeans were worse than all other Galilaeans, because these things were done to them? 3  I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to the same end. 4  Or those eighteen men who were crushed by the fall of the tower of Siloam, were they worse than all the other men living in Jerusalem? 5  I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to an end in the same way.

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6  And he made up this story for them: A certain man had a fig-tree in his garden, and he came to get fruit from it, and there was no fruit. 7  And he said to the gardener, See, for three years I have been looking for fruit from this tree, and I have not had any: let it be cut down; why is it taking up space? 8  And he said, Lord, let it be for this year, and I will have the earth turned up round it, and put animal waste on it, to make it fertile: 9  And if, after that, it has fruit, it is well; if not, let it be cut down.

A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath

10  And he was teaching in one of the Synagogues on the Sabbath. 11  And there was a woman who had had a disease for eighteen years; she was bent, and was not able to make herself straight. 12  And when Jesus saw her, he said to her, Woman, you are made free from your disease. 13  And he put his hands on her, and she was made straight, and gave praise to God. 14  And the ruler of the Synagogue was angry because Jesus had made her well on the Sabbath, and he said to the people, There are six days in which men may do work: so come on those days to be made well, and not on the Sabbath. 15  But the Lord gave him an answer and said, O you false men! do you not, every one of you, on the Sabbath, let loose his ox and his ass and take it to the water? 16  And is it not right for this daughter of Abraham, who has been in the power of Satan for eighteen years, to be made free on the Sabbath? 17  And when he said these things, those who were against him were shamed, and all the people were full of joy because of the great things which were done by him.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18  Then he said, What is the kingdom of God like? what comparison may I make of it? 19  It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and put in his garden, and it became a tree, and the birds of heaven made their resting-places in its branches.

The Parable of the Leaven

20  And again he said, What is the kingdom of God like? 21  It is like leaven, which a woman put into three measures of meal, and it was all leavened.

The Narrow Gate

22  And he went on his way, through towns and country places, teaching and journeying to Jerusalem.


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