Chapter 14Luke

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1 And it came to pass, when he went into the house of a certain of the rulers of the Pharisees on a sabbath to eat bread, that THEY were watching him. 2 And lo, a certain man was before him with dropsy. 3 And :Jesus answered and spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not? 4 But they were silent. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go. 5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a son or an ox fallen into a well, and will not straightway draw him up on the sabbath day? 6 And they could not answer again unto these things. 7 And he spake a parable unto those bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them, 8 When thou art bidden of anyone to a marriage †feast, sit not down in the chief seat; lest haply one more honorable than thou be bidden of him, 9 and he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and take the lowest place; that when he that hath bidden thee cometh, he shall say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have glory in presence of all that sit at meat with thee. 11 For every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; and who humbleth himself shall be exalted. 12 And he said to him also that had bidden him, When thou makest a dinner or supper, call not thy :friends, nor thy :brethren, nor thy :kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest haply they also bid thee again, and recompense be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, bid the poor, maimed, lame, blind: 14 and thou shalt be blessed; because they have not wherewith to recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed in the resurrection of the just. 15 And when one of his :fellow-guests heard these things, he said to him, Blessed whoever eateth bread in the kingdom of :God. 16 But he said to him, A certain man was making a great supper; and he bade many: 17 and he sent forth his :bondman at the supper :hour to say to those bidden, Come; for things are now ready. 18 And all with one accord began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a field, and must needs go out and see it: Pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and go to prove them: Pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21 And the bondman came, and told to his :lord these things. Then the house-master being angry said to his :bondman, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame. 22 And the bondman said, Lord, what thou didst command is come to pass and yet there is room. 23 And the lord said unto the bondman, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my :house be filled. 24 For I say unto you, that none of those :men :bidden shall taste of my :supper.

25 Now great crowds went with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any cometh unto me, and hateth not his own :father, and :mother, and :wife, and :children, and :brethren, and :sisters, yea, and his own :life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever doth not bear his own :cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it? 29 Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him, 30 saying [that], This :man began to build, and could not finish. 31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is yet far off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh for peace. 33 So therefore whoever of you renounceth not all that he hath, cannot be my disciple. 34 :Salt therefore is good: but if the salt also have lost savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is fit for neither land nor dunghill: men cast it out. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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