New International Version

Luke 14:1-35

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

1One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

5Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child14:5 Some manuscripts donkey or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6And they had nothing to say.

7When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

15When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

16Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

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.’

21“The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

22“ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

路加福音 14:1-35

论安息日治病

1有个安息日,耶稣到一位法利赛人的首领家里作客,人们密切地监视祂。 2当时有一个患水肿病的人在耶稣面前, 3耶稣问法利赛人和律法教师:“在安息日可以医病吗?”

4他们都闭口不言。耶稣便扶着那人把他医好,叫他走了, 5然后又问他们:“如果你们有驴14:5 ”另有抄本作“儿子”。或牛在安息日掉进井里,难道你们不会立刻把它拉上来吗?” 6他们都哑口无言。

论谦卑

7耶稣在宴席中看见宾客们都争着坐首位,就用比喻对他们说: 8“参加婚宴的时候,不要坐在首位,因为或许有更尊贵的宾客来赴宴, 9主人会把他带到你面前,说,‘请你把首位让给他吧!’你就要满面羞愧地退到末位去了。 10你去赴宴时,应该先坐在末位,这样主人会对你说,‘朋友,请上坐!’那时,你在宾客面前就有光彩了。 11因为自高的人必遭贬抑,谦卑的人必得尊荣。”

论待客之道

12耶稣又对主人说:“摆设午宴、晚宴时,不要邀请你的朋友、弟兄、亲戚或有钱的邻居,免得他们回请你,你便得到报答了。 13相反,你设宴时,要邀请贫穷的、残疾的、瘸腿的、瞎眼的, 14这样你就有福了,因为他们都没有能力回报你,到了义人复活那天,上帝一定会赏赐你。”

大宴席的比喻

15同席的一个客人听了这番话,就对耶稣说:“能够在上帝的国坐席的人多么有福啊!”

16于是,耶稣对他说:“有一个人大摆宴席,邀请了许多客人。 17要开席的时候,主人就派奴仆去对客人说,‘一切都准备好了,来赴宴吧!’ 18可是,他们都找借口推辞。头一个说,‘我刚买了一块田,必须去看一看,请恕我不能参加。’ 19另一个说,‘我新买了五对牛,要去试一试,请恕我不能参加。’ 20还有一个说,‘我刚结了婚,所以不能去。’ 21奴仆回来将这些话告诉主人,主人非常生气,于是对奴仆说,‘快出去到城里的大街小巷把贫穷的、残疾的、瘸腿的、瞎眼的都请来。’ 22奴仆说,‘主人啊,我照你的吩咐办了,可是还有空位。’ 23主人又说,‘出去到大路上、篱笆旁硬把人拉来,让我家里座无虚席。 24我告诉你们,原来邀请的那些人没有一个能尝到我的宴席!’”

做门徒的代价

25有一大群人跟着耶稣,祂转身对他们说: 26“若有人要跟从我,就要爱我胜过爱他的父母、妻子、儿女、弟兄、姊妹,甚至自己的生命,否则就不能做我的门徒。 27若不背起自己的十字架跟从我,就不能做我的门徒。

28“哪有人建楼房不事先坐下来计算成本,看能否建成? 29否则,打好了地基却不能完工,徒惹别人嘲笑, 30‘这个人开了工,却不能完工!’

31“哪有王要跟另一个王打仗时,不先坐下来酌量一下自己的一万人是否敌得过对方的两万人? 32如果自知不敌,一定趁敌人还远的时候,就差使者去求和。

33“同样,你们若不撇下一切,就不能做我的门徒。 34盐本来是好的,但如果盐失去了咸味,怎能使它再变咸呢? 35没有味的盐,既不利于土壤,也不适宜作肥料,只好丢掉。有耳可听的,就应当听。”