And it came to pass, on his going into the house of a
certain one of the chiefs of the Pharisees, on a sabbath, to eat bread, that
they were watching him,
and lo, there was a certain dropsical man before him;
and Jesus answering spake to the lawyers and Pharisees,
saying, 'Is it lawful on the sabbath-day to heal?'
and they were silent, and having taken hold of him,
he healed him, and let him go;
and answering them he said, 'Of which of you shall an ass or
ox fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw it up on the sabbath-day?'
and they were not able to answer him again unto these
And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they
were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,
'When thou mayest be called by any one to marriage-feasts,
thou mayest not recline on the first couch, lest a more honourable than thou
may have been called by him,
and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to
thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy
the last place.
'But, when thou mayest be called, having gone on, recline in
the last place, that when he who called thee may come, he may say to thee,
Friend, come up higher; then thou shalt have glory before those reclining with
because every one who is exalting himself shall be humbled,
and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.'
And he said also to him who did call him, 'When thou mayest
make a dinner or a supper, be not calling thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor
thy kindred, nor rich neighbours, lest they may also call thee again, and a
recompense may come to thee;
but when thou mayest make a feast, be calling poor, maimed,
and happy thou shalt be, because they have not to recompense
thee, for it shall be recompensed to thee in the rising again of the
And one of those reclining with him, having heard these
things, said to him, 'Happy is he who shall eat bread in the reign of
and he said to him, 'A certain man made a great supper, and
and he sent his servant at the hour of the supper to say to
those having been called, Be coming, because now are all things ready.
'And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves:
The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see
it; I beg of thee, have me excused.
'And another said, Five yoke of oxen I bought, and I go on
to prove them; I beg of thee, have me excused:
and another said, A wife I married, and because of this I am
not able to come.
'And that servant having come, told to his lord these
things, then the master of the house, having been angry, said to his servant,
Go forth quickly to the broad places and lanes of the city, and the poor, and
maimed, and lame, and blind, bring in hither.
'And the servant said, Sir, it hath been done as thou didst
command, and still there is room.
'And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways
and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;
for I say to you, that none of those men who have been
called shall taste of my supper.'
And there were going on with him great multitudes, and
having turned, he said unto them,
'If any one doth come unto me, and doth not hate his own
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and yet
even his own life, he is not able to be my disciple;
and whoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, is
not able to be my disciple.
'For who of you, willing to build a tower, doth not first,
having sat down, count the expense, whether he have the things for completing?
lest that he having laid a foundation, and not being able to
finish, all who are beholding may begin to mock him,
saying -- This man began to build, and was not able to
'Or what king going on to engage with another king in war,
doth not, having sat down, first consult if he be able with ten thousand to
meet him who with twenty thousand is coming against him?
and if not so -- he being yet a long way off -- having sent
an embassy, he doth ask the things for peace.
'So, then, every one of you who doth not take leave of all
that he himself hath, is not able to be my disciple.
'The salt is good, but if the salt doth become
tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?
neither for land nor for manure is it fit -- they cast it
without. He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'