One Sabbath, p when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were q watching him carefully.
And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
And Jesus responded to r the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, s "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?"
But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away.
And he said to them, t "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?"
u And they could not reply to these things.
Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed v how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him,
and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this person,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, w so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
For x everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give y a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, z lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.
But when you give a feast, a invite b the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid c at d the resurrection of the just."
When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, e "Blessed is everyone who will f eat bread in the kingdom of God!"
But he said to him, g "A man once h gave a great banquet and invited many.
And at the time for the banquet he i sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.'
And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.'
And another said, j 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in k the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'
And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.'
And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
For I tell you, m none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"
Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,
n "If anyone comes to me and o does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, p yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
q Whoever does not r bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not s first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'
Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not t sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
u So therefore, any one of you who v does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
w "Salt is good, x but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?
It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. y He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table.
While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.
So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.
And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.
But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.
And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" - so that they might accuse him.
Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?
You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.
He said to them, "Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?
And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
Proverbs 25:6 - 7
Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great.
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1 Peter 5:5 - 6
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Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
As the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.
Revelation 20:4 - 5
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.
And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God.
And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Luke 14:16 - 24
But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
Matthew 22:2 - 14
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
While they were yet talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared.
She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town.
Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.
But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.
And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Who said of his father and mother, 'I regard them not'; he disowned his brothers and ignored his children. For they observed your word and kept your covenant.
No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
And he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha.
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
And Peter said, "See, we have left our homes and followed you.
Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.