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14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Prushim to eat lechem on the Shabbat, that they watched Him.
14:2 And, hinnei, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
14:3 And Yehoshua (יהושע) answering spoke to the Ba'alei Torah and Prushim, saying:
"Is it permissible to heal on the Shabbat?"
14:4 And they held their silence. And he took [him], and healed him, and let him go;
14:5 And answered them, saying:
"Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Shabbat?"
14:6 And they could not answer him again to these things.
14:7 And he put forth a mashal (parable משל) to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them,
14:8 When you art bidden of any [man] to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than you be bidden of him;
14:9 And he that bade you and him come and say to you, Give this man place; and you begin with shame to take the lowest room.
14:10 But when you art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade you cometh, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher: then shall you have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with you.
14:11 For whosoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you makest a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brethren, neither your kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid you again, and a recompence be made you.
14:13 But when you makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14:14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, Blessed [is] he that shall eat lechem in the Malkut Elohim.
14:16 Then said he to him, A certain man made a great feast, and bade many:
14:17 And sent his eved at supper time to say to them that were bidden,
Come; for all things are now ready.
14:18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse.
The first said to him:
I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray you have me excused.
14:19 And another said:
"I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray you have me excused.
14:20 And another said:
"I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come."
14:21 So that eved came, and shewed his kurios (master) these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his eved:
Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the crippled, and the lame, and the blind.
14:22 And the eved said:
Adon, it is done as you hast commanded, and yet there is room.
14:23 And the master said to the eved:
Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.
14:24 For I say to you:
That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my dinner.
14:25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said to them,
14:26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my talmidim.
14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his stauros (stake), and come after me, cannot be my talmidim.
14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?
14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that hinnei [it] begin to ridicule him,
14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth ambassador, and seek terms of peace.
14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he has, he cannot be my talmidim.
14:34 Salt [is] tov: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; [but] men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
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