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13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
13:6 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.
13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
13:10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
13:14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had 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.
13:15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
13:16 And ought not this woman, being a 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 had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
13:18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?
13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.
13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?
13:21 It is like 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 villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
13:28 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 you yourselves thrust out.
13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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Everything King James Bible:Luke

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Luke
Book: Luke
Chapter: 13

Christ exhorts to Repentance from the case of the Galilaeans
and others. (1-5) Parable of the Barren Fig-tree. (6-9) The
infirm Woman strengthened. (10-17) The parables of the Mustard
seed, and Leaven. (18-22) Exhortation to enter at the strait
Gate. (23-30) Christ's reproof to Herod, and to the people of
Jerusalem. (31-35)

1-5 Mention was made to Christ of the Death of some Galilaeans.
This tragical story is briefly related here, and is not met with
in any historians. In Christ's reply he spoke of another event,
which, like it, gave an instance of people taken away By sudden
Death. Towers, that are built for safety, often prove to be
men's Destruction. He cautioned his hearers not to blame great
sufferers, as if they were therefore to be accounted great
sinners. As No place or employment can secure from the stroke of
Death, we should consider the sudden removals of others as
warnings to ourselves. On these accounts Christ founded a Call
to Repentance. The same Jesus that bids us repent, for the
kingdom of Heaven is at Hand, bids us repent, for otherwise we
shall perish.

6-9 This Parable of the Barren Fig-tree is intended to enforce
the warning given just before: the Barren tree, except it brings
forth Fruit, will be cut down. This Parable in the first place
refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Yet it is, without
doubt, for awakening all that enjoy the Means of Grace, and the
privileges of the visible Church. When God has borne long, we
may Hope that he will Bear with us yet a little longer, but we
cannot expect that he will Bear always.

10-17 Our Lord Jesus attended upon public Worship On the
sabbaths. Even bodily infirmities, unless very grievous, should
not keep us from public Worship On Sabbath days. This Woman came
to Christ to be taught, and to get good to her soul, and then he
relieved her bodily infirmity. This cure represents the work of
Christ's Grace upon the soul. And when crooked souls are made
straight, they will show it By glorifying God. Christ knew that
this ruler had a real Enmity to him and to his Gospel, and that
he did but Cloak it with a pretended zeal for the Sabbath Day;
he really would not have them be healed any Day; but if Jesus
speaks the Word, and puts forth his healing power, sinners are
set free. This deliverance is often wrought On the Lord's Day;
and whatever labour tends to Put men in the way of receiving the
blessing, agrees with the design of that Day.

18-22 Here is the progress of the Gospel foretold in two
parables, as in Mt 13. The kingdom of the Messiah is the
Kingdom of God. May Grace grow in our hearts; may our Faith and
Love grow exceedingly, So as to give undoubted evidence of their
reality. May the Example of God's saints be blessed to those
among whom they live; and may his Grace flow from Heart to
Heart, until the little one becomes a thousand.

23-30 Our Saviour came to guide men's consciences, not to
gratify their curiosity. Ask not, How many shall be saved? But,
Shall I be one of them? Not, What shall become of such and such?
But, What shall I do, and what will become of me? Strive to
enter in at the strait Gate. This is directed to each of us; it
is, Strive ye. All that will be saved, must enter in at the
strait Gate, must undergo a change of the whole Man. Those that
would enter in, must strive to enter. Here are awakening
considerations, to enforce this exhortation. Oh that we may be
all awakened By them! They answer the question, Are there few
that shall be saved? But let none despond either as to
themselves or others, for there are last who shall be first, and
first who shall be last. If we reach Heaven, we shall meet many
there whom we little thought to meet, and miss many whom we
expected to find.

31-35 Christ, in Calling Herod a Fox, gave him his true
character. The greatest of men were accountable to God,
therefore it became him to Call this proud King By his own name;
but it is not an Example for us. I know, said our Lord, that I
must die very shortly; when I die, I shall be perfected, I shall
have completed my undertaking. It is good for us to look upon
the time we have before us as but little, that we may thereby be
quickened to do the work of the Day in its Day. The wickedness
of persons and places which more than others profess religion
and relation to God, especially displeases and grieves the Lord
Jesus. The Judgment of the great Day will convince unbelievers;
but let us learn thankfully to welcome, and to profit By all who
come in the name of the Lord, to Call us to partake of his great

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