Healing Again on the Sabbath
14 Now 1 one Sabbath when Jesus went to dine 2 at the house of a leader 3 of the Pharisees, 4 they were watching 5 him closely. 2 There 6 right 7 in front of him was a man suffering from dropsy. 8 3 So 9 Jesus asked 10 the experts in religious law 11 and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath 12 or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So 13 Jesus 14 took hold of the man, 15 healed him, and sent him away. 16 5 Then 17 he said to them, “Which of you, if you have a son 18 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6 But 19 they could not reply 20 to this.
On Seeking Seats of Honor
7 Then 21 when Jesus 22 noticed how the guests 23 chose the places of honor, 24 he told them a parable. He said to them, 8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 25 do not take 26 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 27 9 So 28 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 29 you will begin to move to the least important 30 place. 10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 31 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 32 Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 33 the one who humbles 34 himself will be exalted.”
12 He 35 said also to the man 36 who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 37 don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 38 invite the poor, the crippled, 39 the lame, and 40 the blind. 41 14 Then 42 you will be blessed, 43 because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 44 at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
15 When 45 one of those at the meal with Jesus 46 heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 47 who will feast 48 in the kingdom of God!” 49 16 But Jesus 50 said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 51 and invited 52 many guests. 53 17 At 54 the time for the banquet 55 he sent his slave 56 to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 18 But one after another they all 57 began to make excuses. 58 The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 59 and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 60 19 Another 61 said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 62 and I am going out 63 to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another 64 said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 65 21 So 66 the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 67 and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 68 to the streets and alleys of the city, 69 and bring in the poor, 70 the crippled, 71 the blind, and the lame.’ 22 Then 72 the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 73 23 So 74 the master said to his 75 slave, ‘Go out to the highways 76 and country roads 77 and urge 78 people 79 to come in, so that my house will be filled. 80 24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 81 who were invited 82 will taste my banquet!’” 83
Counting the Cost
25 Now large crowds 84 were accompanying Jesus, 85 and turning to them he said, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate 86 his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, 87 he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross 88 and follow 89 me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down 90 first and compute the cost 91 to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 Otherwise, 92 when he has laid 93 a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, 94 all who see it 95 will begin to make fun of 96 him. 30 They will say, 97 ‘This man 98 began to build and was not able to finish!’ 99 31 Or what king, going out to confront another king in battle, will not sit down 100 first and determine whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose 101 the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he cannot succeed, 102 he will send a representative 103 while the other is still a long way off and ask for terms of peace. 104 33 In the same way therefore not one of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his own possessions. 105
34 “Salt 106 is good, but if salt loses its flavor, 107 how can its flavor be restored? 35 It is of no value 108 for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. 109 The one who has ears to hear had better listen!” 110
The Parable of the Lost Sheep and Coin
15 Now all the tax collectors 1 and sinners were coming 2 to hear him. 2 But 3 the Pharisees 4 and the experts in the law 5 were complaining, 6 “This man welcomes 7 sinners and eats with them.”
3 So 8 Jesus 9 told them 10 this parable: 11 4 “Which one 12 of you, if he has a hundred 13 sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture 14 and go look for 15 the one that is lost until he finds it? 16 5 Then 17 when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 Returning 18 home, he calls together 19 his 20 friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner 21 who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people 22 who have no need to repent. 23
8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins 24 and loses 25 one of them, 26 does not light a lamp, sweep 27 the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? 9 Then 28 when she has found it, she calls together her 29 friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice 30 with me, for I have found the coin 31 that I had lost.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels 32 over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Compassionate Father
11 Then 33 Jesus 34 said, “A man had two sons. 12 The 35 younger of them said to his 36 father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 37 that will belong 38 to me.’ So 39 he divided his 40 assets between them. 41 13 After 42 a few days, 43 the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 44 his wealth 45 with a wild lifestyle. 14 Then 46 after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and worked for 47 one of the citizens of that country, who 48 sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 49 16 He 50 was longing to eat 51 the carob pods 52 the pigs were eating, but 53 no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to his senses 54 he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 55 enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 56 against heaven 57 and against 58 you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 59 like one of your hired workers.”’ 20 So 60 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 61 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 62 he ran and hugged 63 his son 64 and kissed him. 21 Then 65 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 66 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 67 22 But the father said to his slaves, 68 ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, 69 and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 70 and sandals 71 on his feet! 23 Bring 72 the fattened calf 73 and kill it! Let us eat 74 and celebrate, 24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 75 So 76 they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. As 77 he came and approached the house, he heard music 78 and dancing. 26 So 79 he called one of the slaves 80 and asked what was happening. 27 The slave replied, 81 ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 82 because he got his son 83 back safe and sound.’ 28 But the older son 84 became angry 85 and refused 86 to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 29 but he answered 87 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 88 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 89 you never gave me even a goat 90 so that I could celebrate with my friends! 30 But when this son of yours 91 came back, who has devoured 92 your assets with prostitutes, 93 you killed the fattened calf 94 for him!’ 31 Then 95 the father 96 said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 32 It was appropriate 97 to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 98 was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’” 99
The Parable of the Clever Steward
16 Jesus 1 also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who was informed of accusations 2 that his manager 3 was wasting 4 his assets. 2 So 5 he called the manager 6 in and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? 7 Turn in the account of your administration, 8 because you can no longer be my manager.’ 3 Then 9 the manager said to himself, ‘What should I do, since my master is taking my position 10 away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig, 11 and I’m too ashamed 12 to beg. 4 I know 13 what to do so that when I am put out of management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 14 5 So 15 he contacted 16 his master’s debtors one by one. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 The man 17 replied, ‘A hundred measures 18 of olive oil.’ The manager 19 said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 20 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ The second man 21 replied, ‘A hundred measures 22 of wheat.’ The manager 23 said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 24 8 The 25 master commended the dishonest 26 manager because he acted shrewdly. 27 For the people 28 of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their contemporaries 29 than the people 30 of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by how you use worldly wealth, 31 so that when it runs out you will be welcomed 32 into the eternal homes. 33
10 “The one who is faithful in a very little 34 is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you haven’t been trustworthy 35 in handling worldly wealth, 36 who will entrust you with the true riches? 37 12 And if you haven’t been trustworthy 38 with someone else’s property, 39 who will give you your own 40 ? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate 41 the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 42 the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 43
More Warnings about the Pharisees
14 The Pharisees 44 (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed 45 him. 15 But 46 Jesus 47 said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in men’s eyes, 48 but God knows your hearts. For what is highly prized 49 among men is utterly detestable 50 in God’s sight.
16 “The law and the prophets were in force 51 until John; 52 since then, 53 the good news of the kingdom of God 54 has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it. 55 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tiny stroke of a letter 56 in the law to become void. 57
18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries 58 someone else commits adultery, and the one who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who dressed in purple 59 and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously 60 every day. 20 But at his gate lay 61 a poor man named Lazarus 62 whose body was covered with sores, 63 21 who longed to eat 64 what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs 65 came and licked 66 his sores.
22 “Now 67 the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. 68 The 69 rich man also died and was buried. 70 23 And in hell, 71 as he was in torment, 72 he looked up 73 and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. 74 24 So 75 he called out, 76 ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus 77 to dip the tip of his finger 78 in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish 79 in this fire.’ 80 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, 81 remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 82 26 Besides all this, 83 a great chasm 84 has been fixed between us, 85 so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27 So 86 the rich man 87 said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus 88 to my father’s house 28 (for I have five brothers) to warn 89 them so that they don’t come 90 into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, 91 ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to 92 them.’ 30 Then 93 the rich man 94 said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead 95 goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 He 96 replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to 97 Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” 98