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.
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.
For whoever uplifts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be uplifted.
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.
But when you entertain, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind;
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."
After listening to this teaching, one of His fellow guests said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall feast in God's Kingdom."
"A man once gave a great dinner," replied Jesus, "to which he invited a large number of guests.
At dinner-time he sent his servant to announce to those who had been invited, "`Come, for things are now ready.'
"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.'
"A second pleaded, "`I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am on my way to try them. Pray hold me excused.'