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1 One Sabbath Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees; and people were watching Jesus 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 legs and arms were swollen came to Jesus, 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 and Jesus spoke up and asked the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, "Does our 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 would not say a thing. 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 Then he said to them, "If any one of you had a child or an ox that happened to fall in a well on a Sabbath, would you not pull it out at once on the Sabbath itself?" 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 were not able to answer him about this. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of 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 feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important than you has 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 and your host, who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, "Let him have this place.' Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in 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 Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come to you and say, "Come on up, my friend, to a better place.' This will bring you honor 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 those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves 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 his host, "When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors - for they will invite you back, and in this way you will be paid for what you did. 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 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 and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death." 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 guests sitting at the table heard this, he said to Jesus, "How happy are those who will sit down at the feast 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 said to him, "There was once a man who was giving a great feast to which he 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 feast, he sent his servant to tell his 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 they all began, one after another, to make excuses. The first one told the servant, "I have bought a field and must go and look at it; please accept my apologies.' 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 one said, "I have bought five pairs of oxen and am on my way to try them out; please accept my apologies.' 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 one said, "I have just gotten married, and for that reason I cannot come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 The servant went back and told all this to his master. The master was furious and said to his servant, "Hurry out to the streets and alleys of the town, and bring back 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 Soon the servant said, "Your order has been carried out, sir, but there is room for more.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 So the master said to the servant, "Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that 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 all that none 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 Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. 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 Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and figure out what 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 will not be able to finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happened 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 "You began to build but can't finish the job!' they will say. 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 If a king goes out with ten thousand men to fight another king who comes against him with twenty thousand men, he will sit down first and decide if he is strong enough to face that other king. 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 isn't, he will send messengers to meet the other king to ask for terms of peace while he is 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," concluded Jesus, "none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have. 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 saltiness, there is no way to 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 the manure pile; it is thrown away. Listen, then, if you have ears!" 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."