The Annunciation of Luke the Evangelist – Chapter 14
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1 And it occurred, that, as he entered the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread, on the sabbath day, they watched him.
2 And lo, a dropsical man was before him.
3 And Jews answered, and said to the Scribes and Pharisees:
Is it lawful to heal* on the sabbath?
4 And they were silent. And he took him, and healed him, and dismissed him.
5 And he said to them:
Which of you, if his son or his ox fall into a pit on the sabbath day, doth not immediately lift and draw him out?
6 And they could give him no answer to that.
7 And he spoke a similitude to the guests that were present, as he noticed how they chose places on the highest couches.
8 When thou art invited by any one to a house of feasting, go not and recline on the highest couch; lest there should be invited there, one more honorable than thou;
9 and he that invited both him and thee come and say to thee, Give place to this man; and thou be ashamed, when thou risest, and takest a lower couch.
10 But when thou art invited, go and recline on the lowest [couch]; that when he who invited thee come, he may say to thee:
My friend, come up higher and recline. And thou wilt have honor, before all that recline with thee.
11 For, every one that exalteth himself, will be humbled:
and every one that humbleth himself, will be exalted.
12 And he said to him that invited him:
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, invite not thy friends, nor thy brothers, nor thy relatives, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also invite thee, and thou have this recompense.
13 But when thou makest a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.
14 And thou wilt be blessed. For they cannot recompense thee; but thy recompense will be at the resurrection of the just.
15 And when one of those reclining heard these things, he said to him:
Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Jesus said to him:
A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.
17 And at the time for supper, he sent his servant to say to those invited:
Lo, every thing is ready for you; come.
18 And they all to a man, began to excuse themselves. The first said to him:
I have bought a field, and am constrained to go out and see it. I pray thee, allow me to be excused.
19 Another said:
I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to inspect them. I pray thee, allow me to be excused.
20 Another said:
I have married a wife, and on this account I cannot come.
21 And the servant came, and told his lord these things. Then the lord of the house was angry: and he said to his servant, Go out quickly into the market-places and streets of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the diseased, and the lame, and the blind.
22 And the servant said:
My lord, it is done as thou commandedst; and still there is room.
23 And the lord said to his servant:
Go out to the by-paths, and among the hedges, and constrain them to come in; that my house may be filled.
24 For I declare to you, that not one of those men that were invited, shall taste of my supper.
25 And when great multitudes were travelling with him, he turned himself, and said to them:
26 He that cometh to me, and hateth not his father and his mother, and his brothers and his sisters, and his wife and his children, and his own life also, cannot become a disciple to me.
27 And he that doth not take up his cross and come after me, cannot become a disciple to me.
28 For, which of you, wishing to build a tower, doth not first sit down and compute the expense, whether he have the means to complete it ?
29 lest, when he hath laid the foundation, and is unable to finish, all that see it begin to deride him;
30 and say:
This man began to build, and was unable to finish.
31 Or what king, that is going to contend in battle with his neighbor king, doth not first consider, whether he is able, with ten thousand, to meet him that is coming against him with twenty thousand ?
32 and if not; while he is yet far from him, he sendeth envoys, and sueth for peace.
33 So every one of you who doth not give up all his possessions, cannot be my disciple.
34 Salt is a good thing:
but if the salt itself hath become insipid, wherewith shall it be salted?
35 It is fit for neither the earth, nor the dunghill. They cast it away. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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* v. 3 – The question is whether healing is work or compassion.
Baruch 1 KJVA
1 And these are the words of the book, which Baruch the son of Nerias, the son of Maasias, the son of Sedecias, the son of Asadias, the son of Chelcias, wrote in Babylon,
2 In the fifth year, and in the seventh day of the month, what time as the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire.
3 And Baruch did read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joachim king of Juda, and in the ears of all the people that came to hear the book,
4 And in the hearing of the nobles, and of the king’s sons, and in the hearing of the elders, and of all the people, from the lowest unto the highest, even of all them that dwelt at Babylon by the river Sud.
5 Whereupon they wept, fasted, and prayed before the Lord.
6 They made also a collection of money according to every man’s power:
7 And they sent it to Jerusalem unto Joachim the high priest, the son of Chelcias, son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people which were found with him at Jerusalem,
8 At the same time when he received the vessels of the house of the Lord, that were carried out of the temple, to return them into the land of Juda, the tenth day of the month Sivan, namely, silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Jada had made,
9 After that Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the princes, and the captives, and the mighty men, and the people of the land, from Jerusalem, and brought them unto Babylon.
10 And they said, Behold, we have sent you money to buy you burnt offerings, and sin offerings, and incense, and prepare ye manna, and offer upon the altar of the Lord our God;
11 And pray for the life of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their days may be upon earth as the days of heaven:
12 And the Lord will give us strength, and lighten our eyes, and we shall live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar his son, and we shall serve them many days, and find favour in their sight.
13 Pray for us also unto the Lord our God, for we have sinned against the Lord our God; and unto this day the fury of the Lord and his wrath is not turned from us.
14 And ye shall read this book which we have sent unto you, to make confession in the house of the Lord, upon the feasts and solemn days.
15 And ye shall say, To the Lord our God belongeth righteousness, but unto us the confusion of faces, as it is come to pass this day, unto them of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
16 And to our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers:
17 For we have sinned before the Lord,
18 And disobeyed him, and have not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in the commandments that he gave us openly:
19 Since the day that the Lord brought our forefathers out of the land of Egypt, unto this present day, we have been disobedient unto the Lord our God, and we have been negligent in not hearing his voice.
20 Wherefore the evils cleaved unto us, and the curse, which the Lord appointed by Moses his servant at the time that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land that floweth with milk and honey, like as it is to see this day.
21 Nevertheless we have not hearkened unto the voice of the Lord our God, according unto all the words of the prophets, whom he sent unto us:
22 But every man followed the imagination of his own wicked heart, to serve strange gods, and to do evil in the sight of the Lord our God.
Baruch 1 KJVA