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1 On a Sabbath day, when Jesus went to eat at the home of a leading Pharisee, the people 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 And in front of him was a man with dropsy. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 Jesus said to the Pharisees and experts on the law, "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?" 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
4 But they would not answer his question. So Jesus took 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 said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "If your child or ox falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not pull him out quickly?" 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 him. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 When Jesus noticed that some of the guests were choosing the best places to sit, he told this story: 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 feast, don't take the most important seat, because someone more important than you may have been 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 The host, who invited both of you, will come to you and say, 'Give this person your seat.' Then you will be embarrassed and will have to move to the last 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 So when you are invited, go sit in a seat that is not important. When the host comes to you, he may say, 'Friend, move up here to a more important place.' Then all the other guests will respect you. 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 make themselves great will be made humble, but those who make themselves humble will be made great." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Then Jesus said to the man who had invited him, "When you give a lunch or a dinner, don't invite only your friends, your family, your other relatives, and your rich neighbors. At another time they will invite you to eat with them, and you will be repaid. 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 feast, invite the poor, the crippled, 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 have nothing and cannot pay you back. But you will be repaid when the good people rise 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 One of those at the table with Jesus heard these things and said to him, "Happy are the people who will share in the meal 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 said to him, "A man gave a big 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 to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come. Everything is 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 "But all the guests made excuses. The first one said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go look at 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 have just bought five pairs of oxen; I must go and try 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 A third person said, 'I just got married; I can't come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 So the servant returned and told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, 'Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, 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 Later the servant said to him, 'Master, I did what you commanded, but we still have 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 out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will 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 tell you, none of those whom I invited first will eat with me.'" 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, and he turned and said to them, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "If anyone comes to me but loves his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters -- or even life -- more than me, he cannot be my follower. 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 is not willing to carry the cross and follow me cannot be my follower. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 If you want to build a tower, you first sit down and decide how much it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. 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 If you don't, you might lay the foundation, but you would not be able to finish. Then all who would see it would 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 saying, 'This person began to build but was not able to finish.' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 "If a king is going to fight another king, first he will sit down and plan. He will decide if he and his ten thousand soldiers can defeat the other king who has twenty thousand 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, then while the other king is still far away, he will send some people to speak to him and ask for 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 In the same way, you must give up everything you have to be my follower. 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 it loses its salty taste, you cannot make it salty again. 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 It is no good for the soil or for manure; it is thrown away. "You people who can hear me, listen." A Lost Sheep, a Lost Coin 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."