Luke 14-15 New King James Version

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Jesus Heals the Man Who Had Dropsy

14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2  And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3  And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" 4  But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5  Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" 6  And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

A Lesson to Guests and a Host

7  So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8  "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9  and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10  But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 12  Then He also said to him who invited Him, "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

The Parable of the Great Supper

15  Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16  Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17  and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' 18  But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.' 19  And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' 20  Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21  So that servant came and reported these things to his master. 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 here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' 22  And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' 23  Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24  For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.' "

The Cost of Discipleship

25  Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26  "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27  And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it-- 29  lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30  saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' 31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32  Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33  So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Tasteless Salt

34  "Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35  It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2  And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." 3  So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 4  "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7  I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8  "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9  And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' 10  Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The Parable of the Lost Son

11  Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12  And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. 13  And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14  But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15  Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16  And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17  But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19  and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' 20  And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21  And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22  But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24  for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. 25  Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26  So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27  And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' 28  But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29  So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' 31  And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "

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