Luke 14 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And it came about that when he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees on the Sabbath, to have a meal, 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 a certain man was there who had a disease. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 And Jesus, answering, said to the scribes and Pharisees, Is it right to make people well 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 said nothing. And he made him well and sent him away. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 And he said to them, Which of you, whose ox or ass has got into a water-hole, will not straight away get him out on the Sabbath? 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 had no answer to that question. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 And he gave teaching in the form of a story to the guests who came to the feast, when he saw how they took the best seats; saying to them, 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 When you get a request to come to a feast, do not take the best seat, for a more important man than you may be coming, 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 then the giver of the feast will come to you and say, Give your place to this man; and you, with shame, will have to take the lowest seat. 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 you come, go and take the lowest seat, so that when the giver of the feast comes, he may say to you, Friend, come up higher; and then you will have honour in the eyes of all the others who are there. 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 every man who gives himself a high place will be put down, but he who takes a low place will be lifted up. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 And he said to the master of the house, When you give a feast, do not send for your friends and your brothers and your family or your neighbours who have wealth, for they may give a feast for you, and so you will get a reward. 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 you give a feast, send for the poor and the blind and those who are broken in body: 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 And you will have a blessing, because they will not be able to give you any payment, and you will get your reward when the upright come back from the dead. 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 And, hearing these words, one of those who were at table with him said to him, Happy is the man who will be a guest 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 And he said to them, A certain man gave a great feast, and sent word of it to a number of people. 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 And when the time had come, he sent his servants to say to them, 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 gave reasons why they were not able to come. The first said to him, I have got a new field, and it is necessary for me to go and see it: I am full of regret that I am unable to come. 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 got some cattle, and I am going to make a test of them: I am full of regret that I am unable to come. 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 been married, and so I am not able to come. 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 And the servant came back and gave his master an account of these things. Then the master of the house was angry and said to the servant, Go out quickly into the streets of the town and get the poor, the blind, and those who are broken in body. 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, your orders have been done, and still there is room. 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the roads and the fields, and make them come in, so that my house may be full. 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 to you that not one of those who were requested to come will have a taste of my feast. 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 Now a great number of people went with him. 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 And turning round, he said to them, If any man comes to me, and has not hate for his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even for his life, he may not 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 Whoever does not take up his cross and come after me may not 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 put up a tower, does not first give much thought to the price, if he will have enough to make it complete? 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 For fear that if he makes a start and is not able to go on with it to the end, all who see it will be laughing at him, 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 And saying, This man made a start at building and is not able to make it complete. 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king, going to war with another king, will not first take thought if he will be strong enough, with ten thousand men, to keep off him who comes 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 while the other is still a great distance away, he sends representatives requesting 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 And so whoever is not ready to give up all he has may not be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
34 For salt is good, but if the taste goes from it, of what use is it? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It is no good for the land or for the place of waste; no one has a use for it. He who has ears, let him give ear. 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."