Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely.
And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy.
And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go.
Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not
immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?"
And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places,
saying to them:
"When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be
invited by him;
"and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,'
and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.
"But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when
he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you
will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.
"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will
Then He also said to him who invited Him, "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers,
your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be
"But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.
"And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be
repaid at the resurrection of the just."
Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he
said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!"
Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
"and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come,
for all things are now ready.'
"But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I
have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me
"And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.'
"Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
"So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master
of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the
streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the
lame and the blind.'
"And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there
"Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges,
and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
'For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my
"I marvel that whereas the
ambitious dreams of myself, Caesar, and Alexander should have
vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant - Jesus should be able to
stretch his hands across the centuries and control the destinies of
men and nations." - Napoleon
I Bonaparte (1809)