Luke 14:7-15 (New American Standard)

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Parable of the Guests

7 And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how 1they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, 8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 2do not atake the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this man,' and then 3in disgrace you bproceed to occupy the last place. 10 "But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, 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 exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite 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, 14 and 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 heard this, he said to Him, "7Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God !"
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