1 And it came to pass when He entered into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching Him. 2 And, behold, a certain dropsical man was before Him. 3 And Jesus responding spoke to the theologians and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath-day, or not? and they were silent. 4 And taking him by the hand, He healed him, and sent him away. 5 And responding to them He said; Of which one of you shall his son or his ox fall into a pit, and will he not immediately lift him out on the Sabbath-day? 6 and they were not able to respond to these things.
7 And He spoke a parable to those whom He had called, warning them that they should not choose the first couches; saying to them, 8 When you may be called by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down upon the first couch; lest one more worthy than thee may have been called by him, 9 and the one having called thee and him, having come in shall say to thee, Give place to him; and then thou shalt with shame begin to take the last place.
10 But when you may be invited, coming in sit down in the last place; in order that when the one having invited thee may come, he will say to thee, Friend, come up higher: then there will be glory to thee in the presence of all those sitting along with thee. 11 Because every one who shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
12 And He spoke to the one having also invited Him, When you may make a dinner or a supper, do not call your rich friends, nor your brothers, nor your kindred, nor your neighbors; lest they may also invite thee in turn, and there may be a recompense unto thee. 13 But when you may make a feast, invite the poor, maimed, lame, blind: 14 and thou shalt be happy; because they have nothing with which to recompense thee: and it shall be recompensed unto thee in the resurrection of the just.
15 And a certain one of those sitting together, hearing these things, said to Him, Happy is he whosoever eateth bread in the kingdom of God.
16 And He said to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many; 17 and at the hour, of the supper he sent his servants to say to those who were invited, Come; because they are now ready.
18 And they all of one consent began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a farm, and I have need having gone to see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove the same: I intreat thee have me excused.
20 Another said, I have married a wife, and on this account I am not able to come.
21 And the servant coming, announced these things to his lord. Then the land-lord being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and lead in hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou didst command, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the roads and hedges, and compel them to come in, in order that my house may be filled: 24 for I say unto you, that no one of these men who have been invited shall taste of my supper.
25 And many multitudes were journeying along with Him, and turning He said to them, 26 If any one comes to me, and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and even yet his own soul, he is not able to be my disciple. 27 Whosoever does not carry his cross, and come after me, is not able to be my disciple.
28 For which one of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sitting down count the cost; if he has unto sufficiency? 29 Lest he having laid the foundation, and being unable to complete it, all who see it may begin to mock him, 30 saying, that this man began to build, and was not able to complete it.
31 Or what king, going forth to engage in war with another king, will not first sitting down counsel if he is able with ten thousand to meet him who is coming against him, with twenty thousand? 32 But if not, while he is yet a great way off, sending an embassy, he asks for those things which appertain to peace. 33 Thus then every one of you who does not consecrate all his possessions, is not able to be my disciple.
34 Therefore salt is good: but if the salt may lose its savor, with what shall it be salted? 35 It is neither good for the land nor for excrement: they cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.