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1 On a day of worship Jesus went to eat at the home of a prominent Pharisee. The guests were watching Jesus very closely. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 A man whose body was swollen with fluid was there. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 Jesus reacted by asking the Pharisees and the experts in Moses' Teachings, "Is it right to heal on the day of worship 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 didn't say a thing. So Jesus took hold of the man, healed him, and sent him away. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 Jesus asked them, "If your son or your ox falls into a well on a day of worship, wouldn't you pull him out immediately?" 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 They couldn't argue with him about this. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 Then Jesus noticed how the guests always chose the places of honor. So he used this illustration when he spoke to them: 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, don't take the place of honor. Maybe someone more important than you was invited. 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 Then your host would say to you, 'Give this person your place.' Embarrassed, you would have to take the place of least honor. 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 So when you're invited, take the place of least honor. Then, when your host comes, he will tell you, 'Friend, move to a more honorable place.' Then all the other guests will see how you are honored. 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 Those who honor themselves will be humbled, but people who humble themselves will be honored." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Then he told the man who had invited him, "When you invite people for lunch or dinner, don't invite only your friends, family, other relatives, or rich neighbors. Otherwise, they will return the favor. 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, the handicapped, the lame, and the blind. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 Then you will be blessed because they don't have any way to pay you back. You will be paid back when those who have God's approval come back to life." 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 One of those eating with him heard this. So he said to Jesus, "The person who will be at the banquet in the kingdom of God is blessed." 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 said to him, "A man gave a large banquet 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 banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, 'Come! Everything is ready now.' 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 "Everyone asked to be excused. The first said to him, 'I bought a field, and I need to 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 pairs of oxen, and I'm on my way to see how well they plow. 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 Still another said, 'I recently got married, and that's why I can't come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 "The servant went back to report this to his master. Then the master of the house became angry. He told his servant, 'Run to every street and alley in the city! Bring back the poor, the handicapped, the blind, and the 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, 'Sir, what you've ordered has been done. But there is still room for more people.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 "Then the master told his servant, 'Go to the roads and paths! Urge the people to come to my house. I want it to 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 I can guarantee that none of those invited earlier will taste any food at my banquet.'" 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. He turned to them and said, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "If people come to me and are not ready to abandon their fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as their own lives, they cannot be my disciples. 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 So those who do not carry their crosses and follow me cannot be my disciples. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 "Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish 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, if you lay a foundation and can't finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you. 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 They'll say, 'This person started to build but couldn't finish the job.' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 "Or suppose a king is going to war against another king. He would first sit down and think things through. Can he and his 10,000 soldiers fight against a king with 20,000 soldiers? 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 If he can't, he'll send ambassadors to ask for terms of peace while the other king is still far away. 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 can be my disciples unless you give up everything. 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 taste, how will you restore its flavor? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It's not any good for the ground or for the manure pile. People throw it away. "Let the person who has ears listen!" 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."