14:1 It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him.
14:2 Behold, a certain man who had dropsy was in front of him.
14:3 Jesus, answering, spake to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"
14:4 But they were silent. He took him, and healed him, and let him go.
14:5 He answered them, "Which of you, if your son or an ox fell into a well, wouldn't immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?"
14:6 They couldn't answer him regarding these things.
14:7 He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
14:8 "When you are invited by anyone to a marriage feast, don't sit in the best seat, since perhaps someone more honorable than you might be invited by him,
14:9 and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.
14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes, he may tell you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
14:12 He also said to the one who had invited him, "When you make a dinner or a supper, don't call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your kinsmen, nor rich neighbors, or perhaps they might also return the favor, and pay you back.
14:13 But when you make a feast, ask the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind;
14:14 and you will be blessed, because they don't have the resources to repay you. For you will be repaid in the resurrection of the righteous."
14:15 When one of those who sat at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is he who will feast in the Kingdom of God!"
14:16 But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.
14:17 He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'
14:18 They all as one began to make excuses. "The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'
14:19 "Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'
14:20 "Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'
14:21 "That servant came, and told his lord these things. 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 the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.'
14:22 "The servant said, 'Lord, it is done as you commanded, and there is still room.'
14:23 "The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
14:24 For I tell you that none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.'"
14:25 Now great multitudes were going with him. He turned and said to them,
14:26 "If anyone comes to me, and doesn't hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can't be my disciple.
14:27 Whoever doesn't bear his own cross, and come after me, can't be my disciple.
14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
14:29 Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
14:30 saying, 'This man began to build, and wasn't able to finish.'
14:31 Or what king, as he goes to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an envoy, and asks for conditions of peace.
14:33 So therefore whoever of you who doesn't renounce all that he has, he can't be my disciple.
14:34 Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it?
14:35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's chosen ones, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who can't lie, promised before time began;
1:3 but in his own time revealed his word in the message with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;
1:4 to Titus, my true child according to a common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
1:5 I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you;
1:6 if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.
1:7 For the overseer must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain;
1:8 but given to hospitality, as a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled;
1:9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him.
1:10 For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
1:11 whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain's sake.
1:12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons."
1:13 This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
1:14 not paying attention to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
1:15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
1:16 They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.
2:1 But say the things which fit sound doctrine,
2:2 that older men should be temperate, sensible, sober minded, sound in faith, in love, and in patience:
2:3 and that older women likewise be reverent in behavior, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good;
2:4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
2:5 to be sober minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that God's word may not be blasphemed.
2:6 Likewise, exhort the younger men to be sober minded;
2:7 in all things showing yourself an example of good works; in your teaching show integrity, seriousness, incorruptibility,
2:8 and soundness of speech that can't be condemned; that he who opposes you may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about us.
2:9 Exhort servants to be in subjection to their own masters, and to be well-pleasing in all things; not contradicting;
2:10 not stealing, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God, our Savior, in all things.
2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
2:12 instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;
2:13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ;
2:14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.
2:15 Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.