Christ heals the dropsical man. The parable of the supper.
The necessity of renouncing all to follow Christ.
1 And it came to pass, when Jesus went into the house of a certain chief
of the Pharisees, on the sabbath-day, to eat bread, and they were watching him.
2 And behold there was a certain man before him, who had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying: Is it
lawful to heal on the sabbath-day?
4 But they held their peace. But he, taking him, healed him, and sent him
5 And answering them, he said: Which of you, whose ass or his ox shall
fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw him out, on the sabbath-day?
6 And they could not answer him to these things.
7 And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they
chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:
8 When thou art invited to a wedding, sit not down in the highest place,
lest perhaps one more honourable than thou be invited by him:
9 And he who invited thee, and him, come and say to thee: Give place to
this man; and then thou begin, with blushing, to take the lowest place.
10 But when thou art invited, go sit down in the lowest place; that when
he who invited thee cometh, he may say to thee: *Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at
table with thee.
11 *Because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled: and he that
humbleth himself, shall be exalted.
12 And he said to him also that had invited him: *When thou makest a dinner,
or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, nor thy kinsmen, nor thy neighbours who are rich; lest they also invite
thee again, and a recompense be made to thee.
13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the feeble, the lame, and
14 And thou shalt be blessed, because they have not wherewith to make thee
recompense: for recompense shall be made thee at the resurrection of the just.
15 When one of them that sat at table with him, had heard these things,
he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 But he said to him: *A certain man made a great supper, and invited
17 And he sent his servant, at supper-time, to say to them that were invited,
that they should come, for now all things are ready.
18 And they began all at once to make excuse. The first said to him: I
have bought a farm, and I must needs go out and see it: I pray thee, have me excused.
19 And another said: I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them:
I pray thee, have me excused.
20 And another said: I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 And the servant returning, told these things to his lord. Then the master
of the house being angry, said to his servant: Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither
the poor, and the feeble, and the blind, and the lame.
22 And the servant said: Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet
there is room.
23 And the lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges,
and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 But I say to you, that none of those men that were invited, shall taste
of my supper.
25 And there went great multitudes with him: and turning, he said to them:
26 *If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife,
and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27 *And whosoever doth not carry his cross, and come after me, cannot be
28 For which of you, having a mind to build a tower, doth not first
sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it?