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.
2 Just then, in
front of him, there was a man who had dropsy.
3 And Jesus asked
the lawyers and Pharisees, ‘Is it lawful to cure people on
the sabbath, or not?’
4 But they were
silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away.
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?’
6 And they could
not reply to this.
7 When he noticed
how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable.
you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down
at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than
you has been invited by your host;
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.
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 honoured in the presence of all who sit at the
table with you.
11 For all who
exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves
will be exalted.’
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 neighbours, in case they may invite you in return,
and you would be repaid.
13 But when you
give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the
14 And you will
be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid
at the resurrection of the righteous.’