Section 3, Chapter 14
The necessity of penance. The barren fig tree. The cure of the infirm woman. The journey to Jerusalem.
13:1. And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
13:2. And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
13:3. No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
13:4. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe and slew them: think you that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
13:5. No, I say to you: but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
13:6. He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard: and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
13:7. And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and I find none. Cut it down therefore. Why cumbereth it the ground?
13:8. But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it and dung it.
13:9. And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
13:10. And he was teaching in their synagogue on their sabbath.
13:11. And behold there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years. And she was bowed together: neither could she look upwards at all.
13:12. Whom when Jesus saw, he called her unto him and said to her: Woman, thou art delivered from thy infirmity.
13:13. And he laid his hands upon her: and immediately she was made straight and glorified God.
13:14. And the ruler of the synagogue being angry that Jesus had healed on the sabbath answering, said to the multitude: Six days there are wherein you ought to work. In them therefore come and be healed: and not on the sabbath day.
13:15. And the Lord answering him, said: Ye hypocrites, doth not every one of you, on the sabbath day, loose his ox or his ass from the manger and lead them to water?
13:16. And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
13:17. And when he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the things that were gloriously done by him.
13:18. He said therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it?
13:19. It is like to a grain of mustard seed, 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 the branches thereof.
13:20. And again he said: Whereunto shall I esteem the kingdom of God to be like?
13:21. It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
13:22. And he went through the cities and towns teaching and making his journey to Jerusalem.
13:23. And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them:
13:24. Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter and shall not be able.
Shall seek, etc. . .Shall desire to be saved; but for want of taking sufficient pains, and being thoroughly in earnest, shall not attain to it.
13:25. But when the master of the house shall be gone in and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without; and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us. And he answering, shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are.
13:26. Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence: and thou hast taught in our streets.
13:27. And he shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
13:28. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth; when you shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God: and you yourselves thrust out.
13:29. And there shall come from the east and the west and the north and the south: and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
13:30. And behold, they are last that shall be first: and they are first that shall be last.
13:31. The same day, there came some of the Pharisees, saying to him: Depart, and get thee hence, for Herod hath a mind to kill thee.
13:32. And he said to them: Go and tell that fox: Behold, I cast out devils and do cures, to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am consummated.
13:33. Nevertheless, I must walk to-day and to-morrow and the day following, because it cannot be that a prophet perish, out of Jerusalem.
13:34. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets; and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?
13:35. Behold your house shall be left to you desolate. And I say to you that you shall not see me till the time come when you shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.