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XIII.  There were present at that season some who brought him word concerning the Galilæans, whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices.

2And answering he said to them: Suppose ye that these Galilæans were sinners above all the Galilæans, because they have suffered such things?

3I tell you, nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

4Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, suppose ye that they were sinners above all the men who dwell in Jerusalem?

5I tell you, nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

6He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none.

7And he said to the vine-dresser: Behold, three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none. Cut it down; why does it also encumber the ground?

8And he answering says to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and cast in manure.

9And if it bear fruit —; and if not, hereafter thou shalt cut it down.

10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

11And, behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and wholly unable to raise herself up.

12And Jesus seeing her, called her to him, and said to her: Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13And he laid his hands on her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14And the ruler of the synagogue answering (being indignant because Jesus healed on the sabbath), said to the multitude: There are six days in which it is proper to work; in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath.

15And the Lord answered him, and said: Hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath loose his ox or ass from the manger, and lead him away to water him?

16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound, lo, eighteen years, to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath?

17And as he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18He said therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I liken it?

19It is like to a grain of mustard, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and became a great tree, and the birds of the air lodged in its branches.

20And again he said: To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

22And he went through cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

23And a certain one said to him: Lord, are there few that are saved?

24And he said to them: Strive to enter in through the strait gate; for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.

25When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us, and he answering shall say to you, I know you not whence ye are;

26then will ye begin to say, We ate and drank in thy presence, and thou didst teach in our streets.

27And he will say, I tell you, I know not whence ye are; depart from me, all workers of unrighteousness.

28There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

29And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.

30And, behold, there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.

31On that day there came certain Pharisees, saying to him: Depart, and go hence; for Herod desires to kill thee.

32And he said to them: Go, tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am perfected.

33But yet, I must go to-day, and to-morrow, and the day following; because it may not be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

34Jerusalem! Jerusalem! that kills the prophets, and stones those sent to her; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

35Behold, your house is left to you desolate. And I say to you: Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.