7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
8“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him,
9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers2 or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.
13But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
15When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
17And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant3 to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’
19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’
20And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
22And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
23And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
24For I tell you,4 none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”