Modern Literal Version
[Luke 14]

     14:1 And it happened, while* he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they themselves were observing him. 14:2 And behold, there was before him, a certain man having dropsy. 14:3 And Jesus answered and spoke to the professors of the law and Pharisees, saying, Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?14:4 But they were quiet. And he took him and healed him and dismissed him. 14:5 And he answered and said to them, Who is it of youĎ,if a son or a bull will fall into a well, and will not be immediately pulling him up on the Sabbath?14:6 And they are not strong-enough to answer back to him as to these things.

     14:7 Now he spoke a parable to those who have been invited, when* he took-heed of how they were choosing for themselves out the foremost-places; saying to them: 14:8Whenever you are invited by anyone to a marriage-feast, do not recline in the foremost seat; lest a more admired man than you may have been invited by him, 14:9and he who invited you and him, having come to you will say, Give this one your place, and then you may begin with shame to hold the last place. 14:10But whenever you are invited, travel there and lean-back in the last place; in order that whenever he who has invited you comes, he may say to you, Friend, go higher toward me, and then you will have glory in the sight of those who recline at the table together with you. 14:11Because everyone who is exalting himself will be humbled, and he who is humbling himself will be exalted.

     14:12 Now he said to him, who has also invited him, Whenever you make* a meal or a supper, do not summon your friends, nor your brethren, nor your relatives, nor rich neighbors; lest they may also invite you too and it might become a repayment for you. 14:13 But whenever you make*a banquet, invite the poor, the disabled, the lame, the blind;14:14and you will be fortunate, because they do not have anything in which to repay you; for* you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous.

     {Similar: Mat 22:1-14, Luk 14:15-24}

     14:15 Now when* someone from those who reclined at the meal together with him heard these things, he said to him, The fortunate one will be eating bread in the kingdom of God.

     14:16 But he said to him, A certain man made* a great supper, and he invited many;14:17and he sent forth his bondservant in the hour of the supper to say to those who have been invited, ComeĎ, because all things are already prepared. 14:18And they all, from one desire, began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought a field, and I have a necessity to go out and to see it; I request of you, have me excused.

     14:19And a different one said, I have bought five yoke of bulls, and Iam traveling on to test them; I request of you, have me excused.

     14:20And a different one said, I have married a wife, and because of this, I am not able to come. 14:21And that bondservant came and reported to his lord these things. Then the householder, being angry, said to his bondservant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and lead the poor and disabled and lame and blind in here.

     14:22And the bondservant said, Lord, it has happened as you commanded, and there is still a place for more. 14:23Now the lord said to the bondservant, Go out into the roads and over thefences, and urge them to enter, in order that my house may be filled. 14:24For* I am saying to youĎ, that none of those men who have been invited will be tasting of my supper. For* many are invited but few chosen.

     {Similar: Mat 10:37-38, Luk 14:25-27}

     14:25 Now large crowds were traveling together with him and he turned and said to them, 14:26If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, and also, still his own life, he is not able to be my disciple. 14:27And whoever does not bear his own cross, and comes after me, is not able to be my disciple.

     14:28For* which out of youĎ, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, if he has the means toward its realization? 14:29Lest, when* he has laid a foundation and is not strong-enough to complete, all who view it may begin to mock him,14:30saying, This one began to build and was not strong-enough to complete.

     14:31Or what king, while traveling to encounter* a different king in war, has not sit down first and plans if he is able at ten-thousand to encounter the one who is coming against him with twenty thousand? 14:32Otherwise, having sent an ambassador, while still being faraway, he asks for the terms of peace.14:33Therefore, so everyone out of youĎ who is not bidding farewell to all his own possessions, he is not able to be my disciple.14:34The salt is good, but if the salt is flavorless, in what shall it be seasoned? 14:35It is fit neither *for the soil nor *for the manure-pile. Cast it outside. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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