The Bible in Its Traditions

Luke 14:15–24

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15  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 dinner in the kingdom of God!"

15  When one of the guests heard these things, he said to him, Blessed is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God.

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16  Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great dinner, and he invited many,

16  But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many

16  Jesus said to him, A man gave a great supper, and invited many.

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17  and he sent his servant at dinnertime to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.'

17  and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for [all] things are now ready.

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18  But they all with one [accord] began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, 'I bought a field, and I must go and see it. I ask you, have me excused.'

18  And at once they all began to make excuses. The first said to him: ‘I bought a farm, and I need to go out and see it. I ask you to excuse me.’

18  One and all, they began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a field, and I am forced to go and see it; I beg you to excuse me for being called away.

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19  And another said, 'I bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you, have me excused.'

19  Another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am just going to examine them; I beg you, excuse me for being called away.

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20  Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'

20  And another said, ‘I have taken a wife, and therefore I am not able to go.’

20  Another said, I have just taken a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

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21  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.'

21  And returning, the servant reported these things to his lord. Then the father of the family, becoming angry, said to his servant: ‘Go out quickly into the streets and neighborhoods of the city. And lead here the poor, and the disabled, and the blind, and the lame.’

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22  And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.'

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23  Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the roads and hedges, and compel [them] to come in, so that my house may be filled.

23  And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain [them] to come in, that my house may be filled.

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24  For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper.' "

24  For I tell you, that none of those men who were invited will taste of my feast.’ ”