The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 13
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1 And at that time, some came and told him of those Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus replied, and said to them:
Suppose ye, that these Galileans were sinners beyond all the Galileans, because this occurred to them?
3 No. And I say to you, That all of you also, unless ye repent, will likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, suppose ye, that they were sinners beyond all the men inhabiting Jerusalem?
5 No. And I say to you, That except ye repent, ye like them will all of you perish.
6 And he spoke this similitude:
A man had a fig-tree that was planted in his vineyard:
and he came, seeking fruits upon it, and found none.
7 And he said to the cultivator:
Lo, these three years, I have come seeking fruits on this fig-tree, and I find none. Cut it down:
why should it cumber the ground?
8 The cultivator said to him:
My Lord, spare it this year also, until I shall work about it, and manure it.
9 And if it bear fruits, [well;] and if not*, thou wilt cut it down:
why should it live?
10 And when Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, on the sabbath,
11 a woman was there who had had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years; and she was bent over, and could not straighten herself at all.
12 And Jesus saw her, and called her, and said to her:
Woman, thou art released from thy infirmity.
13 And he put his hand upon her; and immediately she straightened her self up, and glorified God.
14 And the chief of the synagogue, being angry that Jesus had healed on the sabbath, answered, and said to the multitude:
There are six days, on which it is lawful to work; on them come ye, and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 But Jesus replied, and said to him:
Thou hypocrite** ! Doth not every one of you, on the sabbath, loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him to water?
16 And this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom the Calumniator hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, ought she not to be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all those that stood up against him were ashamed:
and all the people rejoiced in all the miracles that were wrought by his hand.
18 And Jesus said:
To what is the kingdom of God like? and with what shall I compare it?
19 It is like a grain of mustard, which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew, and became a large tree; and a bird of heaven made her nest in its branches.
20 Jesus said again:
With what shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven***, which a woman took and hid in three seahs of meal, until the whole was fermented.
22 And he travelled through the villages and cities, teaching and going towards Jerusalem.
23 And a person asked him, whether they were few who would have life?
24 And Jesus said to them:
Strive**** to enter the narrow gate:
for I say to you, many will seek to enter, and will not be able.
25 From the time**** that the lord of the house shall rise and close the door, then ye will stand without, and knock at the door; and ye will begin to say:
Our Lord, our Lord, open to us and he will answer, and say:
I tell you, I know you not, whence ye are.
26 And ye will begin to say:
We have eaten and drunken before thee; and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 And he will say to you:
I know you not, whence ye are:
depart from me, ye doers of falsehood.
28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye will see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God; and yourselves will be thrust out.
29 And they will come from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north, and will recline in the kingdom of God.
30 And lo, there are last that will be first, and there are first that will be last.
31 On the same day came some of the Pharisees, and said to him:
Go, depart hence; for Herod purposeth to kill thee.
32 Jesus said to them:
Go ye and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures, to-day and to-morrow, and on the third day I shall be consummated.
33 But I must labor to-day and to-morrow, and on the following day I will go; because it cannot be, that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee; how many times would I have gathered thy children, as a hen that gathereth her young under her wings, and ye would not?
35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. For I say to you: Ye will not see me, until ye will say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
* 9. "if not" what?
** 15. Exercise: Define ‘hypocrite’ based on this passage.
*** 21. Problem: Can you connect verses 9 and 15 to this verse by defining ‘leaven’ ?
**** 24/25. What ‘time’ is referred to ?
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Ben Sira 53 KJVA
1 Whereas many and great things have been delivered unto us by the law and the prophets, and by others that have followed their steps, for the which things Israel ought to be commended for learning and wisdom;
2 and whereof not only the readers must needs become skilful themselves, but also they that desire to learn be able to profit them which are without, both by speaking and writing:
3 my grandfather Jesus, when he had much given himself to the reading of the law, and the prophets, and other books of our fathers, and had gotten therein good judgment, was drawn on also himself to write something pertaining to learning and wisdom;
4 to the intent that those which are desirous to learn, and are addicted to these things, might profit much more in living according to the law.
5 Wherefore let me intreat you to read it with favour and attention, and to pardon us, wherein we may seem to come short of some words, which we have laboured to interpret.
6 For the same things uttered in Hebrew, and translated into another tongue, have not the same force in them: and not only these things, but the law itself, and the prophets, and the rest of the books, have no small difference, when they are spoken in their own language.
7 For in the eight and thirtieth year coming into Egypt, when Euergetes was king, and continuing there some time, I found a book of no small learning: therefore I thought it most necessary for me to bestow some diligence and travail to interpret it;
8 using great watchfulness and skill in that space to bring the book to an end, and set it forth for them also, which in a strange country are willing to learn, being prepared before in manners to live after the law.
Ben Sira 53 KJVA