Luke 14-16 New Revised Standard Version

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Jesus Heals the Man Who Had Dropsy

14 1  On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 2  Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. 3  And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?" 4  But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. 5  Then he said to them, "If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?" 6  And they could not reply to this.

A Lesson to Guests and a Host

7  When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8  "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; 9  and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, "Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. 10  But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, 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 the table with you. 11  For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." 12  He said also 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, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

The Parable of the Great Supper

15  One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, "Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16  Then Jesus said to him, "Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17  At the time for the dinner 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 said to him, "I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.' 19  Another said, "I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.' 20  Another said, "I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.' 21  So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, "Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' 22  And the slave said, "Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.' 23  Then the master said to the slave, "Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24  For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.' "

The Cost of Discipleship

25  Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26  "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27  Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30  saying, "This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' 31  Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32  If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33  So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

Tasteless Salt

34  "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? 35  It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!"

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 1  Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2  And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3  So he told them this parable: 4  "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5  When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 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 that was lost.' 7  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8  "Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10  Just so, I tell 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 Jesus said, "There was a man who had two sons. 12  The younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.' So he divided his property between them. 13  A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14  When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15  So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16  He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17  But when he came to himself he said, "How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18  I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands." ' 20  So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21  Then the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22  But the father said to his slaves, "Quickly, bring out a robe-the best one-and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23  And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24  for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate. 25  "Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26  He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27  He replied, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.' 28  Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29  But he answered his father, "Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30  But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!' 31  Then the father said to him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32  But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.' "

The Parable of the Dishonest Steward

16 1  Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2  So he summoned him and said to him, "What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' 3  Then the manager said to himself, "What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4  I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' 5  So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, "How much do you owe my master?' 6  He answered, "A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, "Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' 7  Then he asked another, "And how much do you owe?' He replied, "A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, "Take your bill and make it eighty.' 8  And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9  And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 10  "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11  If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12  And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13  No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." 14  The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they ridiculed him. 15  So he said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God.

The Law and the Kingdom of God

16  "The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries to enter it by force. 17  But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped.

Jesus' Teaching on Divorce

18  "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19  "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20  And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21  who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22  The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23  In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24  He called out, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' 25  But Abraham said, "Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26  Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' 27  He said, "Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house- 28  for I have five brothers-that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' 29  Abraham replied, "They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' 30  He said, "No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' 31  He said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "

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