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Luke 13:22-14:24
Thomas 64

And he traveled through towns and villages teaching
and making a journey to Jerusalem.
And someone said to him,
"Lord, are only a few being saved?"

And he said to them,
"Strive to enter through the narrow door,
because many, I tell you, will try to enter
and will not be able to.

"As soon as the master of the house rises and shuts the door,
you will begin to stand outside and knock on the door,
saying, 'Lord, open for us,'
and answering he will say to you,
'I don't know where you are from.'

"Then you will begin to say, 'We ate before you and drank,
and in our streets you taught;'
and he will say to you, 'I don't know where you are from;
keep away from me, all you workers of injustice.'

"There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth,
when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
and all the prophets in the sovereignty of God,
but you are outside thrown out.
And they will come from east and west
and from north and south,
and they will recline in the sovereignty of God.
And look, there are last ones who will be first,
and there are first ones who will be last."

In the same hour some Pharisees approached him
saying to him, "Go out and leave here,
because Herod intends to kill you."

And he said to them, "Go tell that fox:
look, I expel demons and perform cures today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I am perfected.
Nevertheless today and tomorrow
and on the following day I must travel
for it is not permitted for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets
and stoning those sent to you,
how often I wished to gather your children
the way a bird gathers her brood under her wings,
and you were not willing.
Look, your house is forsaken.

"And I tell you, you may not see me
until the time comes when you say,
'Praised be the one coming in the name of the Lord.'"

And it happened as he went into the home
of one of the Pharisees' leaders on a Sabbath to eat bread
that they were watching him closely.
And look, a certain person in front of him had edema.

And Jesus answering said to the lawyers and Pharisees
saying, "Is it permitted to heal on the Sabbath or not?"

But they were silent.
And taking hold of him he cured him and let him go.

And to them he said,
"Which of you if your son or ox falls into a pit,
would not also immediately pull him up on a Sabbath day?"
And they could not reply to this.

And he told a parable to the ones invited,
noticing how they selected the best seats, saying to them,
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding,
do not sit in the best seat,
lest someone more honored than you be invited by him,
and when he comes the one who invited you and him
will say to you, 'Give this one a place,'
and then you will begin with shame to take the last place.

"But when you are invited, go sit in the last place,
so that when the one who invited you comes,
he will say to you, 'Friend, go up higher;'
then you will be praised before all the ones sitting with you.

"For whoever exalts oneself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles oneself will be exalted."

And he also said to the one who invited him,
"When you give a luncheon or dinner,
do not call your friends nor your brothers
nor your relatives nor wealthy neighbors,
lest they also invite you in return
and it becomes repayment to you.

"But when you give a banquet,
invite the poor, crippled, lame, and blind;
and you will be blessed,
because they have nothing to repay you;
for it will be repaid to you in the resurrection of the just."

And having heard this, one of those sitting with them
said to him, "Blessed is the one
who will eat bread in the sovereignty of God."

And he said to him,
"A certain person gave a great dinner and invited many,
and he sent his servant at the hour of the dinner
to say to those invited, 'Come, for it is already prepared.'
Yet they all began to decline, one after another.

"The first said to him, 'I bought a farm,
and I must go out to see it;
I ask you, let me be excused.'

"And another said, 'I bought five yoke of oxen,
and I am going to try them out;
I ask you, let me be excused.'

"And another said, 'I married a woman,
and for this reason I can't come.'
And coming back the servant reported these things to his lord.

"Then getting angry the master of the house
said to his servant, 'Go quickly
into the streets and alleys of the city,
and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'

"And the servant said, 'Lord, what you ordered has occurred,
and there is still room.'

"And the lord said to the servant,
'Go out to the roads and hedges and make them come in,
so that my house may be filled;
for I tell you
that none of those invited will taste my dinner.'"
Luke 13:22-14:24

Jesus said, "A man had guests,
and when he had prepared the dinner,
he sent his servant to call the guests.

"He went to the first;
he said to him, 'My master invites you.'

"He said, 'I have some credit with some merchants;
they are coming to me in the evening;
I will go and give them orders.
I ask to be excused from the dinner.'

"He went to another;
he said to him, 'My master has invited you.'

"He said to him, 'I have bought a house,
and they request me for the day.
I will have no time.'

"He went to another;
he said to him, 'My master invites you.'

"He said to him, 'My friend is getting married
and I am arranging a dinner; I will not be able to come.
I ask to be excused from the dinner.'

"He went to another;
he said to him, 'My master invites you.'

"He said to him, 'I have bought a village;
I go to collect the rent.
I will not be able to come. I ask to be excused.'

"The servant returning said to his master,
'Those whom you invited to the dinner
have excused themselves.'

"The master said to his servant, 'Go out into the streets;
bring those you find, so that they may dine.'
Tradesmen and merchants will not enter
into the places of my Father."
Thomas 64

60. About Banquets Synthesis 60 * Interpretation 60
61. Advice to Disciples Harmony 61 * Synthesis 61 * Interpretation 61