14 Siku moja ya sabato Yesu alipokuwa amekwenda kula chakula kwa mmoja wa viongozi wa Mafarisayo, watu walikuwa wakimtazama kwa makini. Mtu mmoja mwenye ugonjwa wa kuvimba miguu na mikono akaja mbele yake. Yesu akawauliza walimu wa sheria na Mafari sayo, “Je, sheria inaruhusu kumponya mtu siku ya sabato au hairuhusu?” Wakakaa kimya. Basi Yesu akamshika yule mgonjwa akamponya, akamruhusu aende zake. Kisha akawauliza, “Kama mmoja wenu angekuwa na mtoto au ng’ombe wake ambaye ametumbukia katika kisima siku ya sabato, hamtamvuta mara moja na kumtoa?” Hawakuwa na la kujibu.

Alipoona jinsi wageni walioalikwa walivyokuwa wakichagua viti vya wageni wa heshima, akawaambia mfano huu: “Mtu akiku alika harusini, usikae kwenye kiti cha mgeni wa heshima. Inaweze kana kuwa amealika mheshimiwa akuzidiye, na yule aliyewaalika ninyi wawili akaja kukuambia, ‘Tafadhali mpishe huyu bwana.’ Ndipo kwa aibu utalazimika kwenda kukaa katika kiti cha nyuma kabisa. 10 Badala yake, unapoalikwa, chagua kiti cha nyuma; na mwenyeji wako akikuona atakuja akuambie, ‘Rafiki yangu, njoo kwe nye nafasi ya mbele zaidi.’ Kwa jinsi hii utakuwa umepewa heshima mbele ya wageni wote. 11 Kwa maana kila mtu anayejitukuza atash ushwa naye ajishushaye atatukuzwa.”

12 Kisha Yesu akamwambia yule aliyewaalika, “Uandaapo kar amu ya chakula cha mchana au jioni, usialike rafiki zako au ndugu zako au jamaa zako au majirani zako tajiri; ukifanya hivyo wao nao watakualika kwao na hivyo utakuwa umelipwa kwa kuwaalika. 13 Bali ufanyapo karamu, waalike maskini, vilema na vipofu; 14 nawe utapata baraka kwa sababu hawa hawana uwezo wa kukulipa.

Mfano Wa Karamu Ya Ufalme Wa Mbinguni

15 Mmoja wa wale waliokuwa mezani pamoja naye aliposikia maneno haya akamwambia, “Ana heri mtu atakayepata nafasi ya kula katika karamu ya Ufalme wa Mbinguni!” 16 Yesu akamjibu, ‘ ‘Mtu mmoja alikuwa anaandaa karamu kubwa, akaalika watu wengi. 17 Wakati wa sherehe ulipofika, akamtuma mtumishi wake akawaam bie walioalikwa, ‘Karibuni, kila kitu ni tayari sasa.’ 18 Lakini wote, mmoja mmoja, wakaanza kutoa udhuru. Wa kwanza akasema, ‘ Nimenunua shamba, lazima niende kuliona. Tafadhali niwie radhi.’ 19 Mwingine akasema, ‘Nimenunua ng’ombe wa kulimia, jozi tano; nimo njiani kwenda kuwajaribu, tafadhali niwie radhi.’ 20 Na mwingine akasema, ‘Nimeoa mke, kwa hiyo siwezi kuja.’

21 “Yule mtumishi akarudi, akampa bwana wake taarifa. Ndipo yule mwenye nyumba akakasirika, akamwambia mtumishi wake, ‘Nenda upesi kwenye mitaa na vichochoro vya mjini uwalete maskini, vilema, vipofu na viwete.’

22 “Baadaye yule mtumishi akamwambia ‘Bwana, yale uliyon iagiza nimefanya, lakini bado ipo nafasi.’ 23 Ndipo yule bwana akamwambia mtumishi wake, ‘Nenda kwenye barabara na njia zilizoko nje ya mji uwalazimishe watu waje mpaka nafasi zote zijae. 24 Ninawaambia, hakuna hata mmoja wa wale niliowapelekea mwaliko rasmi atakayeionja karamu yangu.”

Gharama Ya Kuwa Mfuasi Wa Yesu

25 Wakati mmoja umati mkubwa wa watu ulipokuwa ukifuatana na Yesu, yeye aligeuka, akawaambia, 26 “Mtu ye yote anayekuja kwangu hawezi kuwa mfuasi wangu kama hatanipenda mimi zaidi ya baba yake na mama yake, mke wake na watoto, kaka zake na dada zake; naam, hata maisha yake mwenyewe. 27 Na ye yote asiyebeba msalaba wake na kunifuata hawezi kuwa mfuasi wangu.

28 “Ni nani kati yenu ambaye kama anataka kujenga, hatakaa kwanza na kufanya makisio ya gharama aone kama ana fedha za kutosha kukamilisha ujenzi? 29 Kwa maana ikiwa atajenga msingi halafu ashindwe kuendelea, wote watakaouona watamcheka 30 wakisema, ‘Mtu huyu alianza kujenga lakini ameshindwa kumal iza!’

31 “Au tuseme mfalme mmoja anataka kwenda vitani kupigana na mfalme mwingine: si atakaa kwanza ajishauri kama yeye na jeshi lake lenye watu elfu kumi ataweza kupigana na yule anayekuja na watu elfu ishirini? 32 Kama hawezi, basi itambidi apeleke wajumbe wakati yule mfalme mwingine bado yuko mbali na kuomba masharti ya amani. 33 Hali kadhalika, hakuna mtu atakayeweza kuwa mfuasi wangu kama hataacha vyote alivyo navyo.”

Chumvi Isiyofaa

34 “Chumvi ni kitu kizuri. Lakini chumvi ikiwa imepoteza ladha yake, haiwezi kuwa chumvi tena. 35 Haifai kuwa udongo wala kuwa mbolea; watu huitupa nje. Mwenye nia ya kusikia na asikie!” Mfano Wa Kondoo Aliyepotea

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House(A)

14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee,(B) he was being carefully watched.(C) There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law,(D) “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”(E) But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”(F) And they had nothing to say.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table,(G) he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”(H)

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,(I) 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”(J)

The Parable of the Great Banquet(K)

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast(L) in the kingdom of God.”(M)

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’(N)

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”(O)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.(P) 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.(Q)

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.(R)

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?(S) 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.(T)

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”(U)

Footnotes

  1. Luke 14:5 Some manuscripts donkey

14 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

And they could not answer him again to these things.

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

When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

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.

10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

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

12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

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

17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

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

21 So that servant came, and shewed 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 hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

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

24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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