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1 One day--it was a Sabbath--He was taking a meal at the house of one of the Rulers of the Pharisee party, while they were closely watching Him. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 In front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 This led Jesus to ask the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it allowable to cure people on the Sabbath?" 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
4 They gave Him no answer; so He took hold of the man, cured 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 said, "Which of you shall have a child or an ox fall into a well on the Sabbath day, and will not immediately lift 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 To this they could make no reply. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 Then, when He noticed that the invited guests chose the best seats, He used this as an illustration and said to them, 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 "When any one invites you to a wedding banquet, do not take the best seat, lest perhaps some more honoured guest than you may have been asked, 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 the man who invited you both will come and will say to you, `Make room for this guest,' and then you, ashamed, will move to the lowest 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 On the contrary, when you are invited go and take the lowest place, that when your host comes round he may say to you, `My friend, come up higher.' This will be doing you honour in the presence 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 whoever uplifts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be uplifted. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Also to His host, who had invited Him, He said, "When you give a breakfast or a dinner, do not invite your friends or brothers or relatives or rich neighbours, lest perhaps they should invite you in return and a requital be made you. 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 entertain, 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 and you will be blessed, because they have no means of requiting you, but there will be requital for you at the Resurrection of the righteous." 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 After listening to this teaching, one of His fellow guests said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall 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 "A man once gave a great dinner," replied Jesus, "to which he invited a large number of guests. 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 At dinner-time he sent his servant to announce to those who had been invited, "`Come, for 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 "But they all without exception began to excuse themselves. The first told him, "`I have purchased a piece of land, and must of necessity go and look at it. Pray hold me 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 "A second pleaded, "`I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am on my way to try them. Pray hold me excused.' 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 am just married. It is impossible for me to come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 "So the servant came and brought these answers to his master, and they stirred his anger. "`Go out quickly,' he said, `into the streets of the city--the wide ones and the narrow. You will see poor men, and crippled, blind, lame: fetch them all in here.' 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 "Soon the servant reported the result, saying, "`Sir, what you ordered is done, and there is room still.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 "`Go out,' replied the master, `to the high roads and hedge-rows, and compel the people to come in, so that my house may 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 For I tell you that not one of those who were invited shall taste my dinner.'" 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 On His journey vast crowds attended Him, towards whom He turned and said, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "If any one is coming to me who does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be a disciple of mine. 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 No one who does not carry his own cross and come after me can be a disciple of mine. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 "Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not sit down first and calculate the cost, asking if he has the means 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 lest perhaps, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to finish, all who see it shall begin to jeer at him, 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 saying, `This man began to build, but could not finish.' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 Or what king, marching to encounter another king in war, does not first sit down and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet the one who is advancing 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 If not, while the other is still a long way off, he sends messengers and sues 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 Just as no one of you who does not detach himself from all that belongs to him can be a disciple of mine. 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 even the salt has become tasteless, what will you use to season it? 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 Neither for land nor dunghill is it of any use; they throw it away. Listen, every one who has ears to listen with!" 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."