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1 One Sabbath day Jesus was in the home of a leader of the Pharisees. The people 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 because there was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, "Well, is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?" 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
4 When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and 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 Then he turned to them and asked, "Which of you doesn't work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don't you proceed at once to get him 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 Again they had no answer. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 "If you are invited to a wedding feast, don't always head for the best seat. What if someone more respected than you has also 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 will say, 'Let this person sit here instead.' Then you will be embarrassed and will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! 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 "Do this instead -- sit at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, 'Friend, we have a better place than this for you!' Then you will be honored in front of all the other 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 For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Then he turned to his host. "When you put on a luncheon or a dinner," he said, "don't invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. 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, 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 at the resurrection of the godly, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you." 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, "What a privilege it would be to have a share 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 Jesus replied with this illustration: "A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 When all was ready, he sent his servant around to notify the guests that it was time for them to come. 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 they all began making excuses. One said he had just bought a field and wanted to inspect it, so he asked to be 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 Another said he had just bought five pair of oxen and wanted to try them out. 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 had just been married, so he said he couldn't come. 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 "The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was angry and said, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the city and invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.' 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 After the servant had done this, he reported, 'There is still room for more.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 So his master said, 'Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the 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 For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them.'" 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 Great crowds were following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters -- yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you 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 And you cannot be my disciple if you do not carry your own cross and follow me. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 "But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills? 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, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you! 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 They would say, 'There's the person who started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 "Or what king would ever dream of going to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of ten thousand is strong enough to defeat the twenty thousand soldiers who are marching 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 If he is not able, then while the enemy is still far away, he will send a delegation to discuss terms 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 no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
34 "Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for fertilizer. It is thrown away. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!" 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."