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Luke 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:1 - One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:2 - There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:3 - Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, “Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:4 - When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:5 - Then he turned to them and said, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son[fn] or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:6 - Again they could not answer.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:7 - When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:8 - “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:9 - The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:10 - “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:11 - For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:12 - Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:13 - Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:14 - Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:15 - Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet[fn] in the Kingdom of God!”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:16 - Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:17 - When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:18 - But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:19 - Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:20 - Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:21 - “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:22 - After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:23 - So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:24 - For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:25 - A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them,

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:26 - “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:27 - And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:28 - “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:29 - Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:30 - They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:31 - “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:32 - And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:33 - So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:34 - “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again?

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 14:35 - Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”
NLT Footnotes
Or who had dropsy.
Some manuscripts read donkey.
Greek to eat bread.

NLT

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Full copyright information is provided here. Visit the New Living Translation website.

 
 
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