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1 One time when Jesus went for a Sabbath meal with one of the top leaders of the Pharisees, all the guests had their eyes on him, watching his every move. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 Right before him there was a man hugely swollen in his joints. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 So Jesus asked the religion scholars and Pharisees present, "Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath? Yes or no?" 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"
4 They were silent. So he took the man, healed him, and sent him on his way. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 Then he said, "Is there anyone here who, if a child or animal fell down a well, wouldn't rush to pull him out immediately, not asking whether or not it was the Sabbath?" 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 were stumped. There was nothing they could say to that. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table. Noticing how each had tried to elbow into the place of honor, he said, 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 dinner, don't take the place of honor. Somebody more important than you might have been invited by the host. 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 he'll come and call out in front of everybody, 'You're in the wrong place. The place of honor belongs to this man.' Red-faced, you'll have to make your way to the very last table, the only place left. 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 "When you're invited to dinner, go and sit at the last place. Then when the host comes he may very well say, 'Friend, come up to the front.' That will give the dinner guests something to talk about! 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 What I'm saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face. But if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 Then he turned to the host. "The next time you put on a dinner, don't just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who 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 Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 You'll be - and experience - a blessing. They won't be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned - oh, how it will be returned! - at the resurrection of God's people." 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
15 That triggered a response from one of the guests: "How fortunate the one who gets to eat dinner 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 followed up. "Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, 'Come on in; the food's on the table.' 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 "Then they all began to beg off, one after another making excuses. The first said, 'I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets.' 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 just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets.' 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 "And yet another said, 'I just got married and need to get home to my wife.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 "The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged and told the servant, 'Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them 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 "The servant reported back, 'Master, I did what you commanded - and there's still room.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 "The master said, 'Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house 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 Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party.'" 24 I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.' "
25 One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 "Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters - yes, even one's own self! - can't 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 Anyone who won't shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can't be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 "Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn't first sit down and figure the cost so you'll know if you can complete 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 If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you're going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 'He started something he couldn't finish.' 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'
31 "Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? 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 And if he decides he can't, won't he send an emissary and work out a truce? 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 "Simply put, if you're not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can't be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
34 "Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it's useless, good for nothing. "Are you listening to this? Really listening?" 34 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
35 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."