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Luke 14 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to share a meal in the home of one of the leaders of the Pharisees, they were watching him closely. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 A man suffering from an abnormal swelling of the body was there. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Does the Law allow healing 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. Jesus took hold of the sick man, cured him, and then let him go. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 He said to them, "Suppose your child or ox fell into a ditch on the Sabbath day. Wouldn't you immediately pull it out?" 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 But they had no response. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 When Jesus noticed how the guests sought out the best seats at the table, he told them a parable. 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 "When someone invites you to a wedding celebration, don't take your seat in the place of honor. Someone more highly regarded than you could have been invited by your host. 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 The host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give your seat to this other person.' Embarrassed, you will take your seat in the least important 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 Instead, when you receive an invitation, go and sit in the least important place. When your host approaches you, he will say, ‘Friend, move up here to a better seat.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 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 All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Then Jesus said to the person who had invited him, "When you host a lunch or dinner, don't invite your friends, your brothers and sisters, your relatives, or rich neighbors. If you do, they will invite you in return and that will be your 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 Instead, when you give a banquet, invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 And you will be blessed because they can't repay you. Instead, you will be repaid when the just are resurrected." 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 When one of the dinner guests heard Jesus' remarks, he said to Jesus, "Happy are those who will feast in God's kingdom." 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 Jesus replied, "A certain man hosted a large dinner and invited many people. 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 When it was time for the dinner to begin, he sent his servant to tell the invited guests, ‘Come! The dinner is 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 One by one, they all began to make excuses. The first one told him, ‘I bought a farm and must go and see it. Please excuse me.' 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 Another said, ‘I bought five teams of oxen, and I'm going to check on them. Please excuse me.' 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 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can't come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 When he returned, the servant reported these excuses to his master. The master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go quickly to the city's streets, the busy ones and the side streets, and bring the poor, crippled, 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 The servant said, ‘Master, your instructions have been followed and there is still room.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 The master said to the servant, ‘Go to the highways and back alleys and urge people to come in so that my house will 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 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will taste my dinner.'" 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. Turning to them, he said, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 “Whoever comes to me and doesn't hate father and mother, spouse and children, and brothers and sisters—yes, even one's own life—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 Whoever doesn't carry their own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “If one of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn't you first sit down and calculate the cost, to determine whether you have enough money 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 Otherwise, when you have laid the foundation but couldn't finish the tower, all who see it will begin to belittle you. 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 They will say, ‘Here's the person who began construction and couldn't complete it!' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand soldiers could go up against the twenty thousand coming against him? 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 And if he didn't think he could win, he would send a representative to discuss terms of peace while his enemy was still a long way off. 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 In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can 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 is good. But if salt loses its flavor, how will it become salty again? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It has no value, neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. People throw it away. Whoever has ears to hear should pay attention." 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."