The Message

Luke 13

Unless You Turn to God

11-5 About that time some people came up and told him about the Galileans Pilate had killed while they were at worship, mixing their blood with the blood of the sacrifices on the altar. Jesus responded, “Do you think those murdered Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die. And those eighteen in Jerusalem the other day, the ones crushed and killed when the Tower of Siloam collapsed and fell on them, do you think they were worse citizens than all other Jerusalemites? Not at all. Unless you turn to God, you, too, will die.”

6-7 Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?’

8-9 “The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.’”

Healing on the Sabbath

10-13 He was teaching in one of the meeting places on the Sabbath. There was a woman present, so twisted and bent over with arthritis that she couldn’t even look up. She had been afflicted with this for eighteen years. When Jesus saw her, he called her over. “Woman, you’re free!” He laid hands on her and suddenly she was standing straight and tall, giving glory to God.

14 The meeting-place president, furious because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the congregation, “Six days have been defined as work days. Come on one of the six if you want to be healed, but not on the seventh, the Sabbath.”

15-16 But Jesus shot back, “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly unties your cow or donkey from its stall, leads it out for water, and thinks nothing of it. So why isn’t it all right for me to untie this daughter of Abraham and lead her from the stall where Satan has had her tied these eighteen years?”

17 When he put it that way, his critics were left looking quite silly and red-faced. The congregation was delighted and cheered him on.

The Way to God

18-19 Then he said, “How can I picture God’s kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? It’s like a pine nut that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it.”

20-21 He tried again. “How can I picture God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast that a woman works into enough dough for three loaves of bread—and waits while the dough rises.”

22 He went on teaching from town to village, village to town, but keeping on a steady course toward Jerusalem.

23-25 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?”

He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’

26-27 “You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’

28-30 “That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened. This is the Great Reversal: the last in line put at the head of the line, and the so-called first ending up last.”

31 Just then some Pharisees came up and said, “Run for your life! Herod’s on the hunt. He’s out to kill you!”

32-35 Jesus said, “Tell that fox that I’ve no time for him right now. Today and tomorrow I’m busy clearing out the demons and healing the sick; the third day I’m wrapping things up. Besides, it’s not proper for a prophet to come to a bad end outside Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killer of prophets,
        abuser of the messengers of God!
How often I’ve longed to gather your children,
        gather your children like a hen,
Her brood safe under her wings—
        but you refused and turned away!
And now it’s too late: You won’t see me again
        until the day you say,
    ‘Blessed is he
    who comes in
    the name of God.’”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

路加福音 13

不悔改的下場

1這時,有人把加利利人獻祭時被彼拉多屠殺的事告訴了耶穌。

耶穌說:「你們以為這些人被殺,是因為他們的罪比其他加利利人的罪更重嗎? 不!我告訴你們,你們若不悔改,同樣也必滅亡。 西羅亞樓倒塌時曾壓死了十八個人。你們以為他們比耶路撒冷其他人更有罪嗎? 不!我告訴你們,你們若不悔改,同樣也必滅亡。」

於是,耶穌說了一個比喻:「有人在葡萄園裡種了一棵無花果樹,他去樹那裡找果子,卻找不到。 他對園丁說,『三年來,我一直盼望它結果子,它卻一個也沒結。把它砍了,免得白佔土地。』

「園丁請求說,『主人,再留它一年吧!讓我在它四周鬆土、施肥, 明年如果結了果子就留它,否則再砍掉它。』」

治好駝背婦人

10 有個安息日,耶穌在會堂裡講道。 11 那裡有個婦人被邪靈纏身十八年,腰彎得很厲害,無法站直。 12 耶穌看見她,便叫她過來,說:「婦人,你再不會被疾病纏身了!」 13 耶穌雙手按在她身上,她的腰立刻直了,便頌讚上帝。

14 會堂主管看到耶穌在安息日為人治病,十分惱怒,就對眾人說:「一週有六天可以工作,求醫應當在這六天之內,不可在安息日!」

15 主說:「你們這些偽君子,莫非你們在安息日不解開棚裡的牛和驢,帶牠們去喝水嗎? 16 這婦人身為亞伯拉罕的女兒,受撒旦的捆綁十八年,難道不該在安息日為她解開捆索嗎?」 17 反對祂的人聽了這番話後,都非常羞愧,眾人卻為耶穌的奇妙作為高興歡喜。

上帝國的比喻

18 耶穌繼續說:「上帝的國好像什麼呢?我該把上帝的國比作什麼呢? 19 上帝的國就像一粒芥菜種,有人把它種在園裡,它長成了一棵樹,連飛鳥也來棲息在它的樹枝上。」

20 耶穌又說:「我該把上帝的國比作什麼呢? 21 上帝的國就像麵酵,婦人拿來摻在三斗麵裡,使整團麵都發起來。」

努力進窄門

22 耶穌繼續前往耶路撒冷,沿途在各城鎮教導人。 23 有人問祂:「主啊,得救的人是否很少呢?」耶穌對他們說:

24 「你們要努力進窄門,因為我告訴你們,將來有許多人想要進卻進不去。 25 當主人起來把門關閉之後,你們才站在外面叩門哀求,說,『主啊,給我們開門吧!』主人必說,『我不認識你們,你們是從哪裡來的?』

26 「那時,你們必說,『我們不是在一起用過餐嗎?你不是在街上教導過我們嗎?』

27 「主人必說,『我告訴你們,我不認識你們,也不知道你們是從哪裡來的。你們這些作惡的人,走開!』

28 「當你們看見亞伯拉罕、以撒、雅各和眾先知在上帝的國,自己卻被丟在門外,必要在那裡哀哭切齒。 29 那時人們會從東西南北來參加上帝國的宴席。 30 看啊,有些殿後的將要為首,有些為首的將要殿後。」

為耶路撒冷哀傷

31 那時,有幾個法利賽人來告訴耶穌,說:「快離開這裡吧,希律要殺你!」

32 耶穌說:「你們去告訴那個狐狸,『今天和明天,我要繼續趕鬼治病,到第三天,我的任務就完成了。』 33 無論如何,今天、明天和後天我必須繼續前行,因為先知不能死在耶路撒冷以外的地方。

34 「耶路撒冷啊,耶路撒冷啊!你常殺害先知,又用石頭打死派到你那裡的使者。我多次想要招聚你的兒女,像母雞將小雞招聚在翅膀底下,可是你們卻不肯。 35 看啊!你們的家園將一片荒涼。我告訴你們,在你們說『奉主名來的當受稱頌』之前,你們再也見不到我了。」