Parable of the Guests

Now He began telling a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how (A)they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “Whenever you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, (B)do not [a]take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and the one who invited you [b]both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then (C)in disgrace you will proceed to occupy the last place. 10 But whenever you are invited, go and [c]take the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, (D)move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are [d]dining at the table with you. 11 (E)For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 Now He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “Whenever you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor wealthy neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you to a meal in return, and that will be your [e]repayment. 13 But whenever you give a [f]banquet, invite people who are poor, who have disabilities, who are limping, and people who are blind; 14 and you will be blessed, since they [g]do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at (F)the resurrection of the righteous.”

15 Now when one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “(G)Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 14:8 Lit recline at
  2. Luke 14:9 Lit and him
  3. Luke 14:10 Lit recline at
  4. Luke 14:10 Lit reclining
  5. Luke 14:12 Or reward
  6. Luke 14:13 Or reception
  7. Luke 14:14 Or are unable to