It happened that when He went into the house of one of the aleaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eatbread, 1they were watching Him closely.
And bthere in front of Him was a mansuffering from dropsy.
And Jesusanswered and spoke to the c2lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "3Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?"4
But they keptsilent. And He tookhold of him and healed him, and sent him away.
And He said to them, "d4Which one of you will have a sonor an oxfall into a well, and will not immediatelypull him out on a Sabbathday?"65And they couldmakenoreply to this.
And He began speaking a parable to the invitedguests when He noticedhow6they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them,
8"When you are invited by someone to a weddingfeast, 7do not etake the place of honor, for someone moredistinguished than you may have beeninvited by him,9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to thisman,' and then8in disgrace you fproceed to occupy the lastplace.10"But when you are invited, go and recline at the lastplace, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, 9move up higher '; then you will have honor in the sight of all who gare at the table with you.11"10For everyone who exaltshimself will be humbled, and he who humbleshimself will be exalted."12
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheonor a dinner, do not invite your friendsor your brothersor your relativesorrichneighbors, otherwise they may alsoinvite you in return and that will be your repayment.13"But when you give a hreception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,14and you will be blessed, since they ido not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at 11the resurrection of the righteous."15
When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heardthis, he said to Him, "12Blessed is everyonewho will eatbread in the kingdom of God!"
But He said to him, "13A man was giving a bigdinner, and he invitedmany;17and at the dinnerhour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is readynow.'18"But they allalikebegan to makeexcuses. The firstonesaid to him, 'I have bought a jpiece of land and I need to go out and look at it; kpleaseconsider me excused.'19"Anotheronesaid, 'I have boughtfiveyoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; lpleaseconsider me excused.'20"Anotheronesaid, '14I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannotcome.'21"And the slavecame back and reportedthis to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'22"And the slavesaid, 'Master, what you commanded has beendone, and still there is room.'23"And the mastersaid to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.24'For I tell you, none of thosemen who were invited shall taste of my dinner.' "
25Nowmlargecrowds were goingalong with Him; and He turned and said to them,
26"15Ifanyonecomes to Me, and does not nhate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his ownlife, he cannot be My disciple.27"Whoever does not 16carry his owncross and comeafter Me cannot be My disciple.28"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not firstsitdown and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?29"Otherwise , when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,30saying, 'Thismanbegan to build and was not able to finish.'31"Orwhatking, when he sets out to meetanotherking in battle, will not firstsitdown and 17considerwhether he is strongenough with tenthousand men to encounter the one comingagainst him with twentythousand?32"Orelse, while the other is stillfaraway, he sendsoa delegation and asks for terms of peace.33"Sothen, none of you can be My disciplewho18does not give up all his ownpossessions.34"Therefore, salt is good; but 19ifevensalt has becometasteless, with what will it be seasoned?35"It is uselesseither for the soilor for the manurepile; it is thrown out. 20He who hasears to hear, plet him hear."