The Bible in Its Traditions

Luke 14:7–11

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So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the places of honor, saying to them

And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

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Whenever you are invited by someone to a wedding celebration, do not sit down in the place of honor, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him;

When thou art bidden of any man to a marriage feast, sit not down in the chief seat; lest haply a more honorable man than thou be bidden of him,

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and he who invited you and him shall come and say to you, 'Give place to this [man],' and then you begin with shame to take the last place.

And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

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10  But when you are invited, go and sit down in the last place, so that when he who invited you comes, he shall say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who recline with you.

10  But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place; that when he that hath bidden thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have glory in the presence of all that sit at meat with thee.

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11  For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted."

11  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled; and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

11  For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.