17And at the time for the banquet he 1sent his servanta to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.'19And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.'20And another said, 2'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in 3the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'22And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.'23And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.24For I tell you,b4none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"
Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,
265"If anyone comes to me and 6does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, 7yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.278Whoever does not 9bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.