Luke 13:31-35

On that same day, some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Get away from here and leave this place, for Herod intends to kill you.”

Jesus said to them, “You go and tell that fox, ‘Look, today and tomorrow I cast out demons and perform healings, and on the third day I will complete my work.

Nevertheless, I must journey today, tomorrow and the next day, because it is unacceptable for a prophet to die outside of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent unto you! Have often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her young ones under wing, but you would not!

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate, and truly I say to you, you shall not perceive* me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

*see, but more like perceive, understand, discern, or know.

My Paraphrase of Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John,the son of Zechariah, in the desert.

He went throughout the whole country around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying:

“A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare you the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The crooked shall be made straight; the rough made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”