Luke 14



1 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.

2 And behold, a certain man was with·​·dropsy in·​·front·​·of Him.

3 And Jesus answering said to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it permitted to cure on the Sabbath?

4 And they were quiet; and taking hold of him, He healed him and sent him away.

5 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?

6 And they were· not ·able to answer· Him ·again as·​·to these·​·things.

7 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,

8 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,

9 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.

10 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.

11 For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted.

12 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.

13 But when thou makest a reception, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind;

14 and thou shalt be happy, for they cannot recompense thee; for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

15 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.

16 And He said to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.

17 And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to those who were invited, Come, for all things are already prepared.

18 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.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to test them; I beseech thee, have me excused.

20 And another said, I have wedded a woman, and therefore I cannot come.

21 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.

22 And the servant said, Lord, it is·​·done as thou hast ordered, and there are still places.

23 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.

24 For I say to·​·you that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper.

25 And many crowds went·​·with Him, and turning He said to them,

26 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.

27 And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.

28 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?

29 Lest when he has placed the foundation and is· not ·able to finish, all who behold begin to mock him,

30 saying, This man began to build, and was· not ·able to finish.

31 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?

32 Otherwise, while he is yet far away, he sends an embassy, and asks for peace.

33 So, therefore, any of you who takes· not ·leave of all his·​·own belongings, he cannot be My disciple.

34 Salt is good, but if the salt become saltless*, with what shall it be seasoned?

35 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.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.