Luke 14

And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man in front of him who had dropsy. And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, asking, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? But they held their peace. And he took hold of him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, If one of you has a son or an ox fall into a pit on the sabbath day, which of you will not immediately pull him out? And they could not answer these things. And he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honour; saying to them, When you are invited by someone to a wedding, do not sit down at the place of honour; for one more distinguished than you may have been invited; And he who invited both of you will come and say to you, Give this man your place; and with shame you will begin to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place; that when he who invited you comes, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher: then you shall have honour in the presence of those who are at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he who humbles himself shall be exalted. 12 Then he said to his host, When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your kinsmen, or your rich neighbours; lest they invite you in return, and you are repaid. 13 But when you have a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot repay you: but you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just. 15 And when one of those who reclined at 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 made a great banquet, and invited many: 17 And at the banquet time he sent his servant to say to those who were invited, Come; for everything is now ready. 18 And they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of land, and I must go and see it: Please excuse me. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out: Please excuse me. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21 So the servant returned, and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor, and the crippled, and the blind, and the lame. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it has been done as you have commanded, and yet there is still room. 23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and along the hedgerows, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you, That none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. 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, yea, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry his own 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 sufficient money to finish it? 29 Lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all who behold it will begin to mock him, 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 consider 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 of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has, cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if it has lost its taste, how shall it be made salty again? 35 It is fit for neither the land or the manure pile; it is cast out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
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