Then your host would say to you, 'Give this person your place.' Embarrassed, you would have to take the place of least honor.
So when you're invited, take the place of least honor. Then, when your host comes, he will tell you, 'Friend, move to a more honorable place.' Then all the other guests will see how you are honored.
Those who honor themselves will be humbled, but people who humble themselves will be honored."
Then he told the man who had invited him, "When you invite people for lunch or dinner, don't invite only your friends, family, other relatives, or rich neighbors. Otherwise, they will return the favor.
Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the handicapped, the lame, and the blind.
Then you will be blessed because they don't have any way to pay you back. You will be paid back when those who have God's approval come back to life."
One of those eating with him heard this. So he said to Jesus, "The person who will be at the banquet in the kingdom of God is blessed."
Jesus said to him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, 'Come! Everything is ready now.'
"Everyone asked to be excused. The first said to him, 'I bought a field, and I need to see it. Please excuse me.'
Another said, 'I bought five pairs of oxen, and I'm on my way to see how well they plow. Please excuse me.'