1Just then, some people came to tell Yeshua about the men from the Galil whom Pilate had slaughtered even while they were slaughtering animals for sacrifice. 2His answer to them was, “Do you think that just because they died so horribly, these folks from the Galil were worse sinners than all the others from the Galil? 3No, I tell you. Rather, unless you turn to God from your sins, you will all die as they did!
4“Or what about those eighteen people who died when the tower at Shiloach fell on them? Do you think they were worse offenders than all the other people living in Yerushalayim? 5No, I tell you. Rather, unless you turn from your sins, you will all die similarly.”
6Then Yeshua gave this illustration: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit but didn’t find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘Here, I’ve come looking for fruit on this fig tree for three years now without finding any. Cut it down — why let it go on using up the soil?’ 8But he answered, ‘Sir, leave it alone one more year. I’ll dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; if not, you will have it cut down then.’”
10Yeshua was teaching in one of the synagogues on Shabbat. 11A woman came up who had a spirit which had crippled her for eighteen years; she was bent double and unable to stand erect at all. 12On seeing her, Yeshua called her and said to her, “Lady, you have been set free from your weakness!” 13He put his hands on her, and at once she stood upright and began to glorify God.
14But the president of the synagogue, indignant that Yeshua had healed on Shabbat, spoke up and said to the congregation, “There are six days in the week for working; so come during those days to be healed, not on Shabbat!” 15However, the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Each one of you on Shabbat — don’t you unloose your ox or your donkey from the stall and lead him off to drink? 16This woman is a daughter of Avraham, and the Adversary kept her tied up for eighteen years! Shouldn’t she be freed from this bondage on Shabbat?” 17By these words, Yeshua put to shame the people who opposed him; but the rest of the crowd were happy about all the wonderful things that were taking place through him.
18So he went on to say, “What is the Kingdom of God like? With what will we compare it? 19It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in his own garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds flying about nested in its branches.”
20Again he said, “With what will I compare the Kingdom of God? 21It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with a bushel of flour, then waited until the whole batch of dough rose.”
22Yeshua continued traveling through town after town and village after village, teaching and making his way toward Yerushalayim. 23Someone asked him, “Are only a few people being saved?” 24He answered, “Struggle to get in through the narrow door, because — I’m telling you! — many will be demanding to get in and won’t be able to, 25once the owner of the house has gotten up and shut the door. You will stand outside, knocking at the door and saying, ‘Lord! Open up for us!’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from!’ 26Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you! you taught in our streets!’ 27and he will tell you, ‘I don’t know where you’re from. Get away from me, all you workers of wickedness!’ 28You will cry and grind your teeth when you see Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya‘akov and all the prophets inside the Kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside. 29Moreover, people will come from the east, the west, the north and the south to sit at table in the Kingdom of God. 30And notice that some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.”
31Just at that moment, some P’rushim came up and said to Yeshua, “Get out and go away from here, because Herod wants to kill you!” 32He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Pay attention: today and tomorrow I am driving out demons and healing people, and on the third day I reach my goal.’ 33Nevertheless, I must keep travelling today, tomorrow and the next day; because it is unthinkable that a prophet should die anywhere but in Yerushalayim.
34“Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! 35Look! God is abandoning your house to you! I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai!’”