The Gospel According to St Luke

Chapter 14

Jesus again heals on the Sabbath—He teaches humility and gives the parable of the great supper—Those who follow Him must forsake all else.

 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

 And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the asabbath day?

 And they could not answer him again to these things.

 ¶And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the achief rooms; saying unto them,

 When thou art abidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the alowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up bhigher: then shalt thou have cworship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

 11 For whosoever aexalteth himself shall be babased; and he that chumbleth himself shall be exalted.

 12 ¶Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the apoor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

 14 And thou shalt be ablessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be brecompensed at the cresurrection of the just.

 15 ¶And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall aeat bbread in the kingdom of God.

 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 18 And they all with one consent began to make aexcuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

 21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the ahalt, and the blind.

 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

 23 And the alord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and bhedges, and ccompel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

 24 For I say unto you, That anone of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

 25 ¶And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

 26 If any man come to me, and ahate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, byea, and his own clife also, he cannot be my ddisciple.

 27 And whosoever doth not bear his across, and come after me, cannot be my bdisciple.

 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and acounteth the bcost, whether he have sufficient to cfinish it?

 29 Lest ahaply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to afinish.

 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and aconsulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an aambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that aforsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my bdisciple.

 34 aSalt is good: but if the bsalt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.