Bible: Luke 14

Healing Again on the Sabbath

14:1 Now 1  one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 2  at the house of a leader 3  of the Pharisees, 4  they were watching 5  him closely. 14:2 There 6  right 7  in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 8  14:3 So 9  Jesus asked 10  the experts in religious law 11  and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 12  or not? 14:4 But they remained silent. So 13  Jesus 14  took hold of the man, 15  healed him, and sent him away. 16  14:5 Then 17  he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 18  or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out? 14:6 But 19  they could not reply 20  to this.

On Seeking Seats of Honor

14:7 Then 21  when Jesus 22  noticed how the guests 23  chose the places of honor, 24  he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 25  do not take 26  the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 27  14:9 So 28  the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 29  you will begin to move to the least important 30  place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 31  approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 32  Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 33  the one who humbles 34  himself will be exalted.”

14:12 He 35  said also to the man 36  who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 37  don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 14:13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 38  invite the poor, the crippled, 39  the lame, and 40  the blind. 41  14:14 Then 42  you will be blessed, 43  because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 44  at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 45  one of those at the meal with Jesus 46  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 47  who will feast 48  in the kingdom of God! 49  14:16 But Jesus 50  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 51  and invited 52  many guests. 53  14:17 At 54  the time for the banquet 55  he sent his slave 56  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 57  began to make excuses. 58  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 59  and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 60  14:19 Another 61  said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 62  and I am going out 63  to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 64  said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 65  14:21 So 66  the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 67  and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 68  to the streets and alleys of the city, 69  and bring in the poor, 70  the crippled, 71  the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 72  the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 73  14:23 So 74  the master said to his 75  slave, ‘Go out to the highways 76  and country roads 77  and urge 78  people 79  to come in, so that my house will be filled. 80  14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 81  who were invited 82  will taste my banquet!’ 83 

Counting the Cost

14:25 Now large crowds 84  were accompanying Jesus, 85  and turning to them he said, 14:26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate 86  his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 87  he cannot be my disciple. 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 88  and follow 89  me cannot be my disciple. 14:28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 90  first and compute the cost 91  to see if he has enough money to complete it? 14:29 Otherwise, 92  when he has laid 93  a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 94  all who see it 95  will begin to make fun of 96  him. 14:30 They will say, 97 This man 98  began to build and was not able to finish!’ 99  14:31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 100  first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 101  the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32 If he cannot succeed, 102  he will send a representative 103  while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 104  14:33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 105 

14:34Salt 106  is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 107  how can its flavor be restored? 14:35 It is of no value 108  for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 109  The one who has ears to hear had better listen! 110 

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