Bible: Lk 14:15-24

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 1  one of those at the meal with Jesus 2  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 3  who will feast 4  in the kingdom of God! 5  14:16 But Jesus 6  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 7  and invited 8  many guests. 9  14:17 At 10  the time for the banquet 11  he sent his slave 12  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 13  began to make excuses. 14  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 15  and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 16  14:19 Another 17  said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 18  and I am going out 19  to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 20  said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 21  14:21 So 22  the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 23  and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 24  to the streets and alleys of the city, 25  and bring in the poor, 26  the crippled, 27  the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 28  the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 29  14:23 So 30  the master said to his 31  slave, ‘Go out to the highways 32  and country roads 33  and urge 34  people 35  to come in, so that my house will be filled. 36  14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 37  who were invited 38  will taste my banquet!’ 39 

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