and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.
`But, when thou mayest be called, having gone on, recline in the last place, that when he who called thee may come, he may say to thee, Friend, come up higher; then thou shalt have glory before those reclining with thee;
because every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.'
And he said also to him who did call him, `When thou mayest make a dinner or a supper, be not calling thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kindred, nor rich neighbours, lest they may also call thee again, and a recompense may come to thee;
but when thou mayest make a feast, be calling poor, maimed, lame, blind,
and happy thou shalt be, because they have not to recompense thee, for it shall be recompensed to thee in the rising again of the righteous.'
And one of those reclining with him, having heard these things, said to him, `Happy [is] he who shall eat bread in the reign of God;'
and he said to him, `A certain man made a great supper, and called many,
and he sent his servant at the hour of the supper to say to those having been called, Be coming, because now are all things ready.
`And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves: The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see it; I beg of thee, have me excused.
`And another said, Five yoke of oxen I bought, and I go on to prove them; I beg of thee, have me excused: