Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
1 It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders F331 of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they R659 were watching Him closely. 2 And there F332 in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. 3 And Jesus answered and spoke to the lawyers R660 F333 and Pharisees, saying, "Is R661 it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" 4 But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away. 5 And He said to them, "Which R662 F334 one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?" 6 And R663 they could make no reply to this.
Parable of the Guests
7 And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they R664 had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, 8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do R665 not take F335 the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, 9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give your place to this man,' and then in R666 disgrace you proceed F336 to occupy the last place. 10 "But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, `Friend, move R667 up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are F337 at the table with you. 11 "For R668 everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13 "But when you give a reception, F338 invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, since they do F339 not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the R669 resurrection of the righteous."
15 When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, "Blessed R670 is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!"
Parable of the Dinner
16 But He said to him, "A R671 man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for everything is ready now.' 18 "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, `I have bought a piece F340 of land and I need to go out and look at it; please F341 consider me excused.' 19 "Another one said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please F342 consider me excused.' 20 "Another one said, `I R672 have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.' 21 "And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, `Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' 22 "And the slave said, `Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23 "And the master said to the slave, `Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 `For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.' "
25 Now large F343 crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 "If R673 anyone comes to Me, and does not hate F344 his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 "Whoever does not carry R674 his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 "For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, `This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31 "Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider R675 whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a F345 delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 "So then, none of you can be My disciple who does R676 not give up all his own possessions.
34 "Therefore, salt is good; but if R677 even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 "It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He R678 who has ears to hear, let F346 him hear."
F331: I.e. members of the Sanhedrin
F332: Lit behold
F333: I.e. experts in Mosaic Law
F334: Lit Whose son of you...will fall
F335: Lit recline at
F336: Lit begin
F337: Lit recline at the table
F338: Or banquet
F339: Or are unable to
F340: Or field
F341: Lit I request you
F342: Lit I request you
F343: Lit many
F344: I.e. by comparison of his love for Me
F345: Or an embassy
F346: Or hear! Or listen!
R659: Mark 3:2
R660: Matthew 22:35
R661: Matthew 12:2; Luke 13:14
R662: Matthew 12:11; Luke 13:15
R663: Matthew 22:46; Luke 20:40
R664: Matthew 23:6
R665: Proverbs 25:6,7
R666: Luke 3:8
R667: Proverbs 25:6,7
R668: 2 Samuel 22:28; Proverbs 29:23; Matthew 23:12; Luke 1:52; 18:14; James 4:10
R669: John 5:29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:4,5
R670: Revelation 19:9
R671: Matthew 22:2-14; Luke 14:16-24
R672: Deuteronomy 24:5; 1 Corinthians 7:33
R673: Matthew 10:37
R674: Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23
R675: Proverbs 20:18
R676: Philippians 3:7; Hebrews 11:26
R677: Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50
R678: Matthew 11:15