And it came··to··pass as He came into the house of one▵ of the ruling Pharisees to eat bread on a Sabbath, they also watched· Him ·closely.
And behold◦, a certain man was with··dropsy in··front··of Him.
And Jesus answering said◦ to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it permitted▵ to cure on the Sabbath?
And◦ they were quiet; and taking hold of him, He healed him and sent him away.
And answering He said◦ to them, Which of you shall have a donkey or an ox◦ fallen into a pit*, and will not straightway pull· it ·out on the day of the Sabbath?
And they were· not ·able◦ to answer· Him ·again as··to these··things.
And◦ He spoke◦ a parable to those who were invited when He observed how they chose out the first··places··to··recline, saying to them,
When thou art invited by anyone to◦ a wedding, recline not◦ in◦ the first··places··to··recline, lest someone more honorable than thou be invited by him,
and he who called thee and him coming shall say▵ to thee, Give this man a place; and then thou begin with shame to have the last place.
But when thou art invited, go recline▵ in◦ the last place, that◦ when he who invited thee comes, he may say◦ to··thee, Friend, go··up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before those who sit··with◦ thee.
For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.
And◦ He said also to him who invited Him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call◦ not◦ thy friends, nor◦ thy brothers, nor◦ thy kinsfolk, nor◦ rich neighbors◦, lest they also invite· thee ·back, and a recompense be··made◦ thee.
But when thou makest a reception, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind;
and thou shalt be happy, for they cannot recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
And◦ when one of those who sat··with◦ Him heard these things, he said to Him, Happy is he who eats bread in the kingdom of God.
And◦ He said to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to those who were invited, Come, for all things are already prepared.
And they all as one◦ began to excuse themselves. The first said◦ to him, I have bought a field, and I have the necessity to go··out▵ and see◦ it; I beseech thee, have me excused.
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to test them; I beseech thee, have me excused.
And another said◦, I have wedded a woman, and therefore I cannot come.
And that▵ servant, having come▫, reported these··things to his lord. Then the householder, being··angry, said◦ to his servant, Go··out▵ quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring··in◦ hither the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.
And the servant said◦, Lord, it is··done◦ as thou hast ordered◦, and there are still places.
And the lord said to the servant, Go··out▵ into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be··filled◦.
For I say to··you that none of those men◦ who were invited shall taste of my supper.
And◦ many crowds went··with Him, and turning He said◦ to them,
If anyone come to Me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, yes, and◦ his own soul also, he cannot be My disciple.
And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.
For which of you who wills to build a tower sits not down first and counts the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?
Lest when he has placed▵ the foundation and is· not◦ ·able◦ to finish, all who behold begin to mock him,
saying, This man began to build, and was· not ·able◦ to finish.
Or what king, going to wage war with another king, sits not down first and consults whether it be possible with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
Otherwise, while he is yet far away, he sends◦ an embassy, and asks◦ for peace.
So, therefore, any of you who takes· not ·leave of all his··own◦ belongings, he cannot be My disciple.
Salt is good, but◦ if the salt become saltless*, with what shall it be seasoned?
It is suited neither for the earth nor for the dunghill; and they cast it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.