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Genesis chapter 31

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Jacob heard that Laban's sons were saying, "Jacob has taken everything our father owned and has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father."
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And Jacob noticed that Laban's attitude toward him was not what it had been.
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Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."
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So Jacob sent word to Rachel and Leah to come out to the fields where his flocks were.
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He said to them, "I see that your father's attitude toward me is not what it was before, but the God of my father has been with me.
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You know that I've worked for your father with all my strength,
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yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.
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If he said, 'The speckled ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks gave birth to speckled young; and if he said, 'The streaked ones will be your wages,' then all the flocks bore streaked young.
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So God has taken away your father's livestock and has given them to me.
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"In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.
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The angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob.' I answered, 'Here I am.'
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And he said, 'Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
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I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'"
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Then Rachel and Leah replied, "Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father's estate?
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Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.
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Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you."
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Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels,
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and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
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When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods.
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Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away.
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So he fled with all he had, and crossing the River, he headed for the hill country of Gilead.
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On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
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Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.
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Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, "Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad."
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Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.
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Then Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You've deceived me, and you've carried off my daughters like captives in war.
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Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn't you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
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You didn't even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing.
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I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, 'Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.'
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Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father's house. But why did you steal my gods?"
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Jacob answered Laban, "I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.
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But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.
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So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah's tent, he entered Rachel's tent.
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Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel's saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
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Rachel said to her father, "Don't be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I'm having my period." So he searched but could not find the household gods.
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Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. "What is my crime?" he asked Laban. "What sin have I committed that you hunt me down?
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Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.
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"I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks.
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I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night.
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This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
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It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
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If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you."
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Laban answered Jacob, "The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne?
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Come now, let's make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us."
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So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.
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He said to his relatives, "Gather some stones." So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
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Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.
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Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." That is why it was called Galeed.
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It was also called Mizpah, because he said, "May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.
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If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me."
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Laban also said to Jacob, "Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me.
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This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me.
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May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us." So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac.
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He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.
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Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

Genesis chapter 32

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Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
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When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So he named that place Mahanaim.
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Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
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He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my master Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
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I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.'"
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When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, "We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
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In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
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He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape."
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Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,'
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I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
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Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
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But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"
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He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
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two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
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thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
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He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, "Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds."
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He instructed the one in the lead: "When my brother Esau meets you and asks, 'To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?'
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then you are to say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.'"
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He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: "You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.
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And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.'" For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."
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So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
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That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
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After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.
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So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
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When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.
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Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
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The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered.
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Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
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Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
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So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
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The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
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Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob's hip was touched near the tendon.

Genesis chapter 33

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Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.
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He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.
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He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
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But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
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Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."
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Then the maidservants and their children approached and bowed down.
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Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
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Esau asked, "What do you mean by all these droves I met?" "To find favor in your eyes, my lord," he said.
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But Esau said, "I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself."
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"No, please!" said Jacob. "If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
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Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need." And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
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Then Esau said, "Let us be on our way; I'll accompany you."
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But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.
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So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."
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Esau said, "Then let me leave some of my men with you." "But why do that?" Jacob asked. "Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord."
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So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.
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Jacob, however, went to Succoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Succoth.
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After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.
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For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.
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There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

Luke chapter 13

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Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
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Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?
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I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
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Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them-- do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?
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I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."
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Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.
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So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'
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"'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.
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If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"
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On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,
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and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
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When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity."
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Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
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Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath."
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The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?
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Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"
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When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
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Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
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It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches."
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Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?
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It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
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Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
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Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
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"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
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Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'
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"Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'
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"But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'
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"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.
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People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
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Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."
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At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you."
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He replied, "Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.'
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In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day-- for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!
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"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
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Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
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