Luke 14:1-23 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. 1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.
2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy.
3 And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal 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 were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go. 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him away.
5 And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?" 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 reply to this. 6 And they had nothing to say.
7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:
8 "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; 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 he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take 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 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with 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 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you 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 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, 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 cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." 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 those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread 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 But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; 16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is 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 alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have 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 And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have 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 And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and 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 And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 22 " 'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, 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.