Bible: Luke 14:1-16:31

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 

The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin

15:1 Now all the tax collectors 111  and sinners were coming 112  to hear him. 15:2 But 113  the Pharisees 114  and the experts in the law 115  were complaining, 116 This man welcomes 117  sinners and eats with them.”

15:3 So 118  Jesus 119  told them 120  this parable: 121  15:4 Which one 122  of you, if he has a hundred 123  sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 124  and go look for 125  the one that is lost until he finds it? 126  15:5 Then 127  when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 Returning 128  home, he calls together 129  his 130  friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 15:7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 131  who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 132  who have no need to repent. 133 

15:8Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 134  and loses 135  one of them, 136  does not light a lamp, sweep 137  the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 15:9 Then 138  when she has found it, she calls together her 139  friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 140  with me, for I have found the coin 141  that I had lost.’ 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 142  over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Compassionate Father

15:11 Then 143  Jesus 144  said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 145  younger of them said to his 146  father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 147  that will belong 148  to me.’ So 149  he divided his 150  assets between them. 151  15:13 After 152  a few days, 153  the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 154  his wealth 155  with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 156  after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for 157  one of the citizens of that country, who 158  sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 159  15:16 He 160  was longing to eat 161  the carob pods 162  the pigs were eating, but 163  no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 164  he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 165  enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 166  against heaven 167  and against 168  you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 169  like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 170  he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 171  his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 172  he ran and hugged 173  his son 174  and kissed him. 15:21 Then 175  his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 176  and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 177  15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 178 Hurry! Bring the best robe, 179  and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 180  and sandals 181  on his feet! 15:23 Bring 182  the fattened calf 183  and kill it! Let us eat 184  and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 185  So 186  they began to celebrate.

15:25Now his older son was in the field. As 187  he came and approached the house, he heard music 188  and dancing. 15:26 So 189  he called one of the slaves 190  and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 191 Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 192  because he got his son 193  back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 194  became angry 195  and refused 196  to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 197  his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 198  for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 199  you never gave me even a goat 200  so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 201  came back, who has devoured 202  your assets with prostitutes, 203  you killed the fattened calf 204  for him!’ 15:31 Then 205  the father 206  said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 207  to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 208  was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’ 209 

The Parable of the Clever Steward

16:1 Jesus 210  also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 211  that his manager 212  was wasting 213  his assets. 16:2 So 214  he called the manager 215  in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 216  Turn in the account of your administration, 217  because you can no longer be my manager.’ 16:3 Then 218  the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 219  away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 220  and I’m too ashamed 221  to beg. 16:4 I know 222  what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 223  16:5 So 224  he contacted 225  his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 16:6 The man 226  replied, ‘A hundred measures 227  of olive oil.’ The manager 228  said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 229  16:7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 230  replied, ‘A hundred measures 231  of wheat.’ The manager 232  said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 233  16:8 The 234  master commended the dishonest 235  manager because he acted shrewdly. 236  For the people 237  of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 238  than the people 239  of light. 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 240  so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 241  into the eternal homes. 242 

16:10The one who is faithful in a very little 243  is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 16:11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 244  in handling worldly wealth, 245  who will entrust you with the true riches? 246  16:12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 247  with someone else’s property, 248  who will give you your own 249 ? 16:13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 250  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 251  the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 252 

More Warnings about the Pharisees

16:14 The Pharisees 253  (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 254  him. 16:15 But 255  Jesus 256  said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 257  but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 258  among men is utterly detestable 259  in God’s sight.

16:16The law and the prophets were in force 260  until John; 261  since then, 262  the good news of the kingdom of God 263  has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 264  16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 265  in the law to become void. 266 

16:18Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 267  someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

16:19There was a rich man who dressed in purple 268  and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 269  every day. 16:20 But at his gate lay 270  a poor man named Lazarus 271  whose body was covered with sores, 272  16:21 who longed to eat 273  what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 274  came and licked 275  his sores.

16:22Now 276  the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 277  The 278  rich man also died and was buried. 279  16:23 And in hell, 280  as he was in torment, 281  he looked up 282  and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 283  16:24 So 284  he called out, 285 Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 286  to dip the tip of his finger 287  in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 288  in this fire.’ 289  16:25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 290  remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 291  16:26 Besides all this, 292  a great chasm 293  has been fixed between us, 294  so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 16:27 So 295  the rich man 296  said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 297  to my father’s house 16:28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 298  them so that they don’t come 299  into this place of torment.’ 16:29 But Abraham said, 300 They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 301  them.’ 16:30 Then 302  the rich man 303  said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 304  goes to them, they will repent.’ 16:31 He 305  replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 306  Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ 307 

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