1 And it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat
bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal
on the Sabbath?
4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
5 And He answered them, saying, Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen
into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?
6 And they were not able to contradict Him regarding these things.
7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the
best places, saying to them:
8 When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place,
lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;
9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, Give place to this man, and then
you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who
invited you comes he may say to you, Friend, go up higher. Then you will have glory in
the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be
12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, When you give a dinner or a supper, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.
13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.
14 And you will be blessed, because they do not have the means to repay you; for you
shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.
15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to
Him, Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!
16 Then He said to him, A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, Come, for all
things are now ready.
18 But they all with one accord began to decline. The first said to him, I have bought a
piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask
you to have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the
house, being angry, said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the
city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.
23 Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and
compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
24 For I say to you that none of those men who had been invited shall taste of my supper.
25 And great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife and
children, and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the
cost, whether he has enough to finish it;
29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to
30 saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and
take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him
with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks terms
33 So likewise, whoever of you does not bid farewell to all that he has is not able to be
34 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.