ND it came to
pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread
on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
.2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the
. .3 And Jesus answering spake unto
the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath
day, or no?
. .4 But they held their
. .5 And he saith unto them, Which of
you shall have a son or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway
pull him out on the sabbath day?
. .6 And
they could not answer him to these things.
.7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he
marked how they chose out the chief places; saying unto them.
. .8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding
feast, sit not down in the highest place; lest a more honourable man than
thou be bidden by him;
. .9 And he that bade
thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou
begin with shame to take the lowest place.
.10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place;
that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up
higher: then shalt thou have honour in the presence of them that sit at
meat with thee.
. .11 For whosoever exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be
. .12 Then said he also to him that
bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a feast, call not thy friends, nor
thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also
bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
.13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the
lame, the blind:
. .14 And thou shalt be
blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at
the resurrection of the just.
Then said he unto
him, A certain man made a great feast, and bade many:
. .16 And sent his servant at the time of the feast
to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now
. .17 And they all with one consent
began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of
ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me
. .18 And another said, I have
bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me
. .19 And another said, I have
married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
.20 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. 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 hither the poor, and
the maimed, and the blind, and the halt.
.21 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded,
and yet there is room.
. .22 And the lord
said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel
them to come in, that my house may be filled.
.23 For I say unto you, None of those men which were bidden shall
taste of my supper.
For which of you, intending to
build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he
have sufficient to finish it?
. .25 Lest
haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it,
all that behold it begin to mock him,
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
. .27 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
. .28 Or else, while the other is
yet a great way off, he sendeth an embassy, and desireth conditions of
Then drew near unto him all the publicans and
sinners for to hear him.
. .30 And the
Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and
eateth with them.
. .31 And he spake this
parable unto them, saying,
. .32 What man of
you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the
ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until
he find it?
. .33 And when he hath found it,
he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
.34 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and
neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep
which was lost.
. .35 I say unto you, that
likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than
over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
. .36 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver,
if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and
seek diligently till she find it?
. .37 And
when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours
together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had
. .38 Likewise, I say unto you, there
is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that
. .39 And he said, A certain man
had two sons:
. .40 And the younger of them
said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to
me. And he divided unto them his living.
.41 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together,
and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance
with riotous living.
. .42 And when he had
spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in
. .43 And he went and joined himself
to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed
. .44 And he would fain have filled
his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto
. .45 But when he came to himself, he
said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to
spare, and I perish with hunger!
. .46 I
will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and before thee,
.47 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of
thy hired servants.
. .48 And he arose, and
came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw
him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed
. .49 And the son said unto him,
Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more
worthy to be called thy son.
. .50 But the
father said to his servants, Bring forthwith the best robe, and put it on
him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
. .51 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it;
and let us eat, and be merry:
. .52 For this
my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they
began to be merry.
. .53 Now his elder son
was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard
music and dancing.
. .54 And he called one
of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
. .55 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and
thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe
. .56 But he was angry, and would
not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.
. .57 But he answering said to his father, Lo, these
many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy
commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry
with my friends:
. .58 But as soon as this
thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast
killed for him the fatted calf.
. .59 And he
said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is
. .60 It was meet that we should make
merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again;
and was lost, and is found.