And there were present certain at that time, telling him about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate did mingle with their sacrifices;
and Jesus answering said to them, `Think ye that these Galileans became sinners beyond all the Galileans, because they have suffered such things?
No -- I say to you, but, if ye may not reform, all ye even so shall perish.
`Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and killed them; think ye that these became debtors beyond all men who are dwelling in Jerusalem?
No -- I say to you, but, if ye may not reform, all ye in like manner shall perish.'
And he spake this simile: `A certain one had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit in it, and he did not find;
and he said unto the vine-dresser, Lo, three years I come seeking fruit in this fig-tree, and do not find, cut it off, why also the ground doth it render useless?
`And he answering saith to him, Sir, suffer it also this year, till that I may dig about it, and cast in dung;
and if indeed it may bear fruit --; and if not so, thereafter thou shalt cut it off.'
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath,
and lo, there was a woman having a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and she was bowed together, and not able to bend back at all,
and Jesus having seen her, did call [her] near, and said to her, `Woman, thou hast been loosed from thy infirmity;'
and he laid on her [his] hands, and presently she was set upright, and was glorifying God.
And the chief of the synagogue answering -- much displeased that on the sabbath Jesus healed -- said to the multitude, `Six days there are in which it behoveth [us] to be working; in these, then, coming, be healed, and not on the sabbath-day.'
Then the Lord answered him and said, `Hypocrite, doth not each of you on the sabbath loose his ox or ass from the stall, and having led away, doth water [it]?
and this one, being a daughter of Abraham, whom the Adversary bound, lo, eighteen years, did it not behove to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath-day?'
And he saying these things, all who were opposed to him were being ashamed, and all the multitude were rejoicing over all the glorious things that are being done by him.
And he said, `To what is the reign of God like? and to what shall I liken it?
It is like to a grain of mustard, which a man having taken, did cast into his garden, and it increased, and came to a great tree, and the fowls of the heavens did rest in its branches.'
And again he said, `To what shall I liken the reign of God?
It is like leaven, which a woman, having taken, did hide in three measures of meal, till that all was leavened.'
And he was going through cities and villages, teaching, and making progress toward Jerusalem;
and a certain one said to him, `Sir, are those saved few?' and he said unto them,
`Be striving to go in through the straight gate, because many, I say to you, will seek to go in, and shall not be able;
from the time the master of the house may have risen up, and may have shut the door, and ye may begin without to stand, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, lord, open to us, and he answering shall say to you, I have not known you whence ye are,
then ye may begin to say, We did eat before thee, and did drink, and in our broad places thou didst teach;
and he shall say, I say to you, I have not known you whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of the unrighteousness.
`There shall be there the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth, when ye may see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the reign of God, and yourselves being cast out without;
and they shall come from east and west, and from north and south, and shall recline in the reign of God,
and lo, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.'
On that day there came near certain Pharisees, saying to him, `Go forth, and be going on hence, for Herod doth wish to kill thee;'
and he said to them, `Having gone, say to this fox, Lo, I cast forth demons, and perfect cures to-day and to-morrow, and the third [day] I am being perfected;
but it behoveth me to-day, and to-morrow, and the [day] following, to go on, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish out of Jerusalem.
`Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is killing the prophets, and stoning those sent unto her, how often did I will to gather together thy children, as a hen her brood under the wings, and ye did not will.
`Lo, your house is being left to you desolate, and verily I say to you -- ye may not see me, till it may come, when ye may say, Blessed [is] he who is coming in the name of the Lord.'
And it came to pass, on his going into the house of a certain one of the chiefs of the Pharisees, on a sabbath, to eat bread, that they were watching him,
and lo, there was a certain dropsical man before him;
and Jesus answering spake to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, `Is it lawful on the sabbath-day to heal?'
and they were silent, and having taken hold of [him], he healed him, and let [him] go;
and answering them he said, `Of which of you shall an ass or ox fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw it up on the sabbath-day?'
and they were not able to answer him again unto these things.
And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,
`When thou mayest be called by any one to marriage-feasts, thou mayest not recline on the first couch, lest a more honourable than thou may have been called by him,
and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.
`But, when thou mayest be called, having gone on, recline in the last place, that when he who called thee may come, he may say to thee, Friend, come up higher; then thou shalt have glory before those reclining with thee;
because every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.'
And he said also to him who did call him, `When thou mayest make a dinner or a supper, be not calling thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kindred, nor rich neighbours, lest they may also call thee again, and a recompense may come to thee;
but when thou mayest make a feast, be calling poor, maimed, lame, blind,
and happy thou shalt be, because they have not to recompense thee, for it shall be recompensed to thee in the rising again of the righteous.'
And one of those reclining with him, having heard these things, said to him, `Happy [is] he who shall eat bread in the reign of God;'
and he said to him, `A certain man made a great supper, and called many,
and he sent his servant at the hour of the supper to say to those having been called, Be coming, because now are all things ready.
`And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves: The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see it; I beg of thee, have me excused.
`And another said, Five yoke of oxen I bought, and I go on to prove them; I beg of thee, have me excused:
and another said, A wife I married, and because of this I am not able to come.
`And that servant having come, told to his lord these things, then the master of the house, having been angry, said to his servant, Go forth quickly to the broad places and lanes of the city, and the poor, and maimed, and lame, and blind, bring in hither.
`And the servant said, Sir, it hath been done as thou didst command, and still there is room.
`And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;
for I say to you, that none of those men who have been called shall taste of my supper.'
And there were going on with him great multitudes, and having turned, he said unto them,
`If any one doth come unto me, and doth not hate his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yet even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple;
and whoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, is not able to be my disciple.
`For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first, having sat down, count the expense, whether he have the things for completing?
lest that he having laid a foundation, and not being able to finish, all who are beholding may begin to mock him,
saying -- This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
`Or what king going on to engage with another king in war, doth not, having sat down, first consult if he be able with ten thousand to meet him who with twenty thousand is coming against him?
and if not so -- he being yet a long way off -- having sent an embassy, he doth ask the things for peace.
`So, then, every one of you who doth not take leave of all that he himself hath, is not able to be my disciple.
`The salt [is] good, but if the salt doth become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?
neither for land nor for manure is it fit -- they cast it without. He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'