1 And as He went into the house of one of the chief of the pharisees to eat on the sabbath-day, and they were watching Him, 2 behold, there was a certain man before Him that had a dropsy. 3 And Jesus spake to the expounders of the law and to the pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day? 4 but they made no answer. And He took him and healed him, and sent him away: 5 and said unto them, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fall into a pit, and will not immediately draw him out even on the sabbath-day? 6 and they were not able to answer Him again to these things.
7 And He spake a parable to those that were invited, observing how they chose the chief seats, saying unto them, 8 When thou art invited by any one to a wedding, do not sit down in the uppermost place, least one more honorable than thou be invited by him; 9 and he who invited thee and him, should come and say to thee, Give place to this person, and then thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when thou art invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, that, when he who invited thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then wilt thou have honor before them that sit at table with thee: 11 for whosoever exalteth himself shall be humbled, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
12 He said also to him that had invited Him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, do not invite thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kindred, nor thy rich neighbors; least they invite thee again, and so a return be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind; and thou shalt be happy; 14 because they have not wherewith to requite thee: for a recompense shall be given thee at the resurrection of the just.
15 And one of those; who sat at table with Him, hearing these things, said unto Him, Happy is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Upon which He said, A certain man made a great supper and invited many; 17 and sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were invited, Come, for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuses; the first said, I have bought a field, and I must go and see it, pray have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and am going to try them, pray have me excused.
21 So the servant came and told his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go directly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the lame, and the blind.
23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the high-ways and hedges, and press them to come in, that my house may be filled: 24 for I tell you, that none of those men who were invited, shall taste of my supper.
25 Now there were great multitudes going along with Him: 26 so he turned and said to them, If any man come to me, and does not comparatively hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and follow me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For who of you that hath a mind to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the expence, whether he hath wherewithal to perfect it? 29 least having laid a foundation and not being able to finish, 30 all that see it, should deride him, saying, this man began to build and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to engage with another king in battle, doth not sit down first and consult, whether he be able with ten thousand men to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32 and if not, while he is yet far off, he sendeth an embassy, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So, every one of you, that doth not give up all that he hath, cannot be my disciple.