Luke 14-15 Revised Standard Version

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Jesus Heals the Man Who Had Dropsy

14 1  One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. 2  And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3  And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?" 4  But they were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go. 5  And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?" 6  And they could not reply to this.

A Lesson to Guests and a Host

7  Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8  "When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him; 9  and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10  But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11  For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." 12  He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, 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. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

The Parable of the Great Supper

15  When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16  But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; 17  and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' 18  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; I pray you, have me excused.' 19  And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' 20  And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21  So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' 22  And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23  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. 24  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"

The Cost of Discipleship

25  Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, 26  "If any one 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. 27  Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28  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? 29  Otherwise, when he has laid a 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 encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32  And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace. 33  So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Tasteless Salt

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

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 1  Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2  And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." 3  So he told them this parable: 4  "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost 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 his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which 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 coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9  And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.' 10  Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The Parable of the Lost Son

11  And he said, "There was a man who had two sons; 12  and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. 13  Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. 14  And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. 15  So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16  And he would gladly have fed on 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, but I perish here with hunger! 18  I will arise 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 as one of your hired servants."' 20  And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21  And 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 servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; 23  and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; 24  for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. 25  "Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26  And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. 27  And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' 28  But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29  but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. 30  But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' 31  And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32  It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"

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