49 “I [a]have come to cast fire upon the earth; and [b]how I wish it were already kindled!50 But I have a baptism to [c]undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.55 And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way.56 You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but [d]why do you not analyze this present time?
57 “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?58 For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to [e]settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.59 I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last [f]cent.”
Call to Repent
13 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had [g]mixed with their sacrifices.2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate?3 I tell you, no, but unless you [h]repent, you will all likewise perish.4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse[i]culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6 And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.7 And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree [j]without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’8 And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;9 and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’”
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