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1 And it came to pass, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 And behold, there was before him a certain man that had the dropsy. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not? 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
4 But they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a well, and will not straightway draw him up on a sabbath day? 5 Then he asked them, "If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?"
6 And they could not answer again unto these things. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 And he spake a parable unto those that were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them, 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 When thou art bidden of any man to a marriage feast, sit not down in the chief seat; lest haply a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him, 8 "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.
9 and he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place; that when he that hath bidden thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have glory in the presence of all that sit at meat with thee. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests.
11 For everyone that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 And he said to him also that had bidden him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest haply they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. 12 Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
13 But when thou makest a feast, bid the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 and thou shalt be blessed; because they have not [wherewith] to recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed in the resurrection of the just. 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. 15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."
16 But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many: 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for [all] things are now ready. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a field, and I must needs go out and see it; I pray thee have me excused. 18 "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused. 19 "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 And the servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame. 21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
22 And the servant said, Lord, what thou didst command is done, and yet there is room. 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain [them] to come in, that my house may be filled. 23 "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.
24 For I say unto you, that none of those men that were bidden shall taste of my supper. 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 Now there went with him great multitudes: and he turned, and said unto them, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple.
27 Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have [wherewith] to complete it? 28 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
29 Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him, 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king, as he goeth to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 31 "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of peace. 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.
33 So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt therefore is good: but if even the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: [men] cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."