and he who invited thee and him come and say to thee, Give place to this [man], and then thou begin with shame to take the last place.
But when thou hast been invited, go and put thyself down in the last place, that when he who has invited thee comes, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have honour before all that are lying at table with thee;
for every one that exalts himself shall be abased, and he that abases himself shall be exalted.
And he said also to him that had invited him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsfolk, nor rich neighbours, lest it may be they also should invite thee in return, and a recompense be made thee.
But when thou makest a feast, call poor, crippled, lame, blind:
and thou shalt be blessed; for they have not [the means] to recompense thee; for it shall be recompensed thee in the resurrection of the just.
And one of those that were lying at table with [them], hearing these things, said to him, Blessed [is] he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
And he said to him, A certain man made a great supper and invited many.
And he sent his bondman at the hour of supper to say to those who were invited, Come, for already all things are ready.
And all began, without exception, to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought land, and I must go out and see it; I pray thee hold me for excused.
References for Luke 14:18
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee hold me for excused.