18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

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14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,(A)
    rise from the dead,(B)
    and Christ will shine on you.”(C)

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