Luke 13:1-22 New Living Translation

Repent or Perish

13 1  About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2  "Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?" Jesus asked. "Is that why they suffered? 3  Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4  And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5  No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too."

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

6  Then Jesus told this story: "A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 7  Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I've waited three years, and there hasn't been a single fig! Cut it down. It's just taking up space in the garden.' 8  "The gardener answered, 'Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I'll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. 9  If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.'"

A Crippled Woman Healed on the Sabbath

10  One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, 11  he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. 12  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!" 13  Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! 14  But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. "There are six days of the week for working," he said to the crowd. "Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath." 15  But the Lord replied, "You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don't you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? 16  This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn't it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?" 17  This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

18  Then Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? 19  It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches."

The Parable of the Leaven

20  He also asked, "What else is the Kingdom of God like? 21  It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough."

The Narrow Gate

22  Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.

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