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Repent or Perish

1Now there were some present at that very season who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
  2And he answered and said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the Galileans, because they suffered these things?
  3I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.
  4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the people who live in Jerusalem?
  5I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.”

6And he spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
  7And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘See, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, without finding any. Cut it down. Why even let it use up the soil?’
  8And he answering says to him, ‘Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.
  9And if indeed it bears fruit soon after, fine, but if not, then cut it down.’”

A Woman with a Spirit of Infirmity

10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath,
  11and Look!, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was being bent double and was not able to straighten herself at all.
  12And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”
  13And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

14And the ruler of the synagogue, being moved with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, answered and said to the multitude, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Therefore, come and be healed in them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
  15But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to watering?
  16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom the Adversarya has bound, Look!, these eighteen years, to have been loosed from this bond on the day of the Sabbath?”
  17And as he said these things, all those who were opposing him were put to shame, and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things he was doing.

Kingdom is Like a Mustard Seed

18He said therefore, “What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what will I compare it?
  19It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and threw into his own garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of heaven nested in its branches.”

The Kingdom is Like Leaven

20And again he said, “To what will I compare the Kingdom of God?
  21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until it was all leavened.”

Work Hard for Everlasting Life

22And he passed through cities and villages, teaching, and journeying on to Jerusalem.
  23And one said to him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And he said to them,
  24“Exert yourself intensely to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in and will not succeed.
  25When once the head of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us.’ Then he, answering, will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’
  26Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets,’
  27and he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’

28“There will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth, when you will see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God, but yourselves cast out.
  29And they will come from the east and west, and from the north and south, and will recline at the feast in the Kingdom of God.
  30And Look!, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Lament over Jerusalem

31In that very hour certain Pharisees came, saying to him, “Go off and get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”
  32And he said to them, “Go and say to that fox, ‘Look!, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I am perfected.’
  33Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet perish outside of Jerusalem.

34“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often would I have gathered your children together, just as a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you would not have it!
  35Look! Your house is left to you desolate. And I say to you, you will absolutely not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”b

“Adversary” is the translation of the Greek satanas.
From Ps. 118:26.

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