14:1 One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
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.

14:2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
14:2 Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy.

14:3 And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?"
14:3 And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?"

14:4 But they were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go.
14:4 But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away.

14:5 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?"
14:5 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?"

14:6 And they could not reply to this.
14:6 And they could not reply to this.

14:7 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
14:7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.

14:8 "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;
14:8 "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;

14:9 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.
14:9 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.

14:10 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.
14:10 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.

14:11 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
14:11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

14:12 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.
14:12 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.

14:13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,
14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

14:14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."
14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

14:15 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!"
14:15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, "Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!"

14:16 But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many;
14:16 Then Jesus said to him, "Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.

14:17 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.'
14:17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.'

14:18 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.'
14:18 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.'

14:19 And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.'
14:19 Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.'

14:20 And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
14:20 Another said, 'I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.'

14:21 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.'
14:21 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.'

14:22 And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.'
14:22 And the slave said, 'Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.'

14:23 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.
14:23 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.

14:24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"
14:24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.'"

14:25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,
14:25 Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them,

14:26 "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.
14:26 "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.

14:27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
14:27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

14:28 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?
14:28 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?

14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him,

14:30 saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.'
14:30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'

14:31 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?
14:31 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?

14:32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
14:32 If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.

14:33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
14:33 So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

14:34 "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored?
14:34 "Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?

14:35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
14:35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!"