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Luke 13 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

13 Of the Galileans, 4 and those that were slain under Siloam. 6 The fig tree that bare no fruit. 11 The woman vexed with the spirit of infirmity, that is, with a disease brought on her by Satan, is healed. 19 The parable of the grain of mustard seed. 21 Of leaven. 23 How few shall be saved. 31 Herod that Fox.

There [a]were certain men present at the same season, that showed him of the Galileans, whose blood [b]Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Suppose ye, that these Galileans were greater sinners than all the other Galileans, because they have suffered such things?

I tell you, nay: but except ye amend your lives, ye shall all likewise perish.

Or think you that those eighteen, upon whom the tower in [c]Siloam fell, and slew them, were sinners above all men that dwell in Jerusalem?

I tell you, nay: but except ye amend your lives, ye shall all likewise perish.

[d]He spake also this parable, A certain man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard: and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Then said he to the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, this three years have I come and sought fruit of this fig tree, and find none: cut it down: why keepeth it also the ground [e]barren?

And he answered, and said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I dig round about it, and dung it.

And if it bear fruit, well: if not, then after thou shalt cut it down.

10 [f]And he taught in one of the Synagogues on the Sabbath day.

11 And behold, there was a woman which had a [g]spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could not lift up herself in any wise.

12 When Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said to her, Woman, thou art [h]loosed from thy disease.

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

14 [i]And the [j]ruler of the Synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.

15 Then answered him the Lord, and said, Hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath day loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to the water?

16 And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan had bound, lo, eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?

17 And when he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: but all the people rejoiced at all the excellent things that were done by him.

18 Then said he, What is the kingdom of God like? or whereto shall I compare it?

19 [k]It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew, and waxed a great tree, and the fowls of the heaven made nests in the branches thereof.

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three pecks of flour, till all was leavened.

22 [l]And he went through all cities and towns, teaching, and journeying towards Jerusalem.

23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that shall be saved? And he said unto them,

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

25 When the good man of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye began to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us, and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are,

26 [m]Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

28 [n]There shall be weeping and 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 at doors.

29 Then shall come many from the [o]East, and from the West, and from the North, and from the South, and shall sit at Table in the kingdom of God.

30 And behold, there are last, which shall be first, and there are first, which shall be last.

31 [p]The same day there came certain Pharisees, and said unto him, Depart, and go hence: for Herod will kill thee.

32 Then said he unto them, Go ye and tell that [q]fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and will heal still [r]today, and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be [s]perfected.

33 [t]Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a Prophet should perish out of Jerusalem.

34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the Prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as the hen gathered her [u]brood under her wings, and ye would not.

35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I tell you, ye shall not see me until the time come that ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


  1. Luke 13:1 We must not rejoice at the just punishment of others, but rather be instructed thereby to repentance.
  2. Luke 13:1 Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, almost ten years, and about the fourth year of his government, which might be about the fifteenth year of Tiberius’ reign, Christ finished the work of our redemption by his death.
  3. Luke 13:4 To wit, in the place, or river: for Siloam was a small river, from whence the conduits of the city came, whereof John 9:7 and Isa. 8:6, and therefore it was a tower or castle, built upon the conduit side, which fell down suddenly, and killed some.
  4. Luke 13:6 Great and longsuffering is the patience of God, but yet so that at length he executed judgment.
  5. Luke 13:7 Maketh the ground barren in that part, which otherwise were good for vines.
  6. Luke 13:10 Christ came to deliver us from the bands of Satan.
  7. Luke 13:11 Troubled with a disease which Satan brought.
  8. Luke 13:12 For Satan had the woman bound, as if she had been in chains, insomuch that for eighteen years space she could not hold up her head.
  9. Luke 13:14 A lively image of hypocrisy, and reward thereof.
  10. Luke 13:14 One of the rulers of the Synagogue, for it appeareth by Mark 5:22 and Acts 13:15 that there were many rulers of the Synagogue.
  11. Luke 13:19 God beginneth his kingdom with small beginnings, that the unlooked for proceeding of it may better set forth his power.
  12. Luke 13:22 Against them which had rather err with many, than go right with a few, and by that means through their own slowness, are shut out of the kingdom of God.
  13. Luke 13:26 He is in vain in the Church, which is not of the Church, which thing the cleanness of life showeth.
  14. Luke 13:28 The casting off of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles is foretold.
  15. Luke 13:29 From all the quarters of the world, and these are four of the chiefest.
  16. Luke 13:31 We must go forward in the case of our calling, through the midst of terrors, whether they be true or fained.
  17. Luke 13:32 That deceitful and treacherous man.
  18. Luke 13:32 That is, a small time, and Theophylact saith, it is a proverb: or else, by Today, we may understand the time that now is, and by Tomorrow, the time to come, meaning thereby all the time of his ministry and office.
  19. Luke 13:32 To wit, when the sacrifice for sin is ended.
  20. Luke 13:33 There are nowhere more cruel enemies of the godly, than they which are within the Sanctuary and Church itself: but God seeth it, and will in his time have an account of it.
  21. Luke 13:34 Word for word, the nest: now the brood of chickens is the nest.
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Luke 13 New International Version (NIV)

Repent or Perish

13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 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. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 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?”

17 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

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 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.”

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Narrow Door

22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”

He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’

“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’

26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

Jesus’ Sorrow for Jerusalem

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[b]


  1. Luke 13:21 Or about 27 kilograms
  2. Luke 13:35 Psalm 118:26
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