13Â Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.2Â Jesus answered, â€œDo you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3Â I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Â Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on themâ€”do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5Â I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.â€
6Â Then he told this parable: â€œA man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7Â So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, â€˜For three years now Iâ€™ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and havenâ€™t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?â€™
8Â â€œâ€˜Sir,â€™ the man replied, â€˜leave it alone for one more year, and Iâ€™ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9Â If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.â€™â€
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10Â On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11Â and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12Â When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, â€œWoman, you are set free from your infirmity.â€ 13Â Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14Â Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, â€œThere are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.â€
15Â The Lord answered him, â€œYou hypocrites! Doesnâ€™t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16Â Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?â€
17Â When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
18Â Then Jesus asked, â€œWhat is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19Â It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.â€
20Â Again he asked, â€œWhat shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21Â It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.â€
The Narrow Door
22Â Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
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