And He began speaking a parable to the invitedguests when He noticedhow1they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them,
8"When you are invited by someone to a weddingfeast, 2do not atake 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 then3in disgrace you bproceed 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, 4move up higher '; then you will have honor in the sight of all who care at the table with you.11"5For 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 dreception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,14and you will be blessed, since they edo not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at 6the resurrection of the righteous."15
When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heardthis, he said to Him, "7Blessed is everyonewho will eatbread in the kingdom of God!"