14 [1-6] And then, one of the leading religious leaders watched as the Christ went into his house to eat on a Day of Worship. And someone came to the Christ, who was very swollen with fluid in the body. And Yeshua said to the religious leaders and the ministers from the religious sects, asking, “Is it right to heal on a Day of Worship?” But they didn’t answer. So the Christ healed the person, and let them go; And said, “Which of you, if you had a donkey or a cow that had fallen into a hole, wouldn’t quickly pull them out, even on a Day of Worship?” And again, they couldn’t answer the Christ’s question.
[7-11] So Yeshua told a story to those which were asked, when the Christ noted how they chose the best places; saying to them, “When you’re asked to a wedding by someone, don’t sit down in the best places; in case a more honorable person than you is also asked by them; And then the one who asked you, comes and says to you, ‘Let this person have your place;’ and then, with shame, you have to go to a less important place. But when you’re asked, go and sit down in the less important place; so that when the one who asked you comes, they can say to you, ‘Friend, come sit over here.’ Then you’ll be praised in front of all those who sit to eat with you. Whoever puts themselves in a higher place will be shamed; and whoever humbles themselves will be praised.”
[12-14] Then Yeshua said this to the one who had asked the Christ to come and eat, “When you give a dinner or a supper, don’t just call your friends, nor your family, nor your other kin people, nor your rich neighbors, because they’ll also ask you to a dinner, and repay the favor. But when you give a dinner, call those who are poor, those who are hurt, those who are disabled, and those who are blind. Then you’ll be blessed even though they can’t repay you, because you’ll be repaid when the good comes back to life again.”
[15-24] And when someone who was eating with them heard this, they said, “Blessed is the One who eats in the realm of God.” Then the Christ answered, “Someone made a great supper, and asked many to come, sending their worker at supper time to say to those who were asked, ‘Come because everything is ready now.’ But they all, in agreement, began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I’ve bought a piece of land and I have to go and see it: Please, excuse me.’ And another said, ‘I’ve bought five pairs of cattle, and I have to prove them: Please, excuse me.’ And another said, ‘I’ve just gotten married, and so I can’t come.’ So the worker came, and told the owner this. Then the owner of the house, being angry said to the worker, ‘Go quickly out into the streets and roads of the city, and bring here all those who are poor, and those who are hurt, and those who are disabled, and those who are blind.’ And the worker said to the owner, ‘I’ve done as you’ve told me, and there’s still more room.’ So the owner said to the worker, ‘Go out into the highways and the roads, and beg them to come in, so that my house can be filled. Because I tell you that not one of those others who were asked will taste of my supper.’”
[25-35] And great crowds went along with the Christ: who turned, saying to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and doesn’t hate their parents, and spouse, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and even their own life also, they can’t be My follower. And whoever doesn’t carry their own cross, and come after Me, can’t be My follower. Would any of you, intending to build a house, not sit down first, and count the cost, to see whether or not you had enough to finish it? In case, after you’ve laid the foundation, you aren’t able to finish it, and all that see it begin to mock you, saying, ‘This person began something, and wasn’t able to finish it.’ Or what ruler, going to make war against another ruler, doesn’t sit down first, and consider whether they are able with ten thousand to fight those who come against them with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, they send an ambassador, and ask for conditions of peace. So in this way, whoever of you that doesn’t turn away from everything, can’t be My follower. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how can it season anything? It’s not fit for the land nor even for the compost; but only to be thrown out. If anyone will accept this, let them accept it.”
15 [1-9] Then all the tax collectors and sinners came near Yeshua to hear the Christ. And the religious leaders and the ministers from the religious sects spoke against the Christ, saying, “This person accepts sinners, and eats with them.” And the Christ spoke this story to them, saying, “Which one of you, if you had a hundred animals, and lost one, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the countryside, and go after the one that’s lost, until you find it? And when you find it, lay it across your shoulders, and celebrate. And when you come home, call together all your friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my animal that was lost.’ I tell you that the same kind of joy will be in heaven over one sinner that changes their ways, more than over ninety-nine good people, who don’t need to change their ways.”
[8-10] “And who, having ten silver coins, if they lose one, wouldn’t turn on a light, and search the house, and look carefully till they find it? And when they find it, call their friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found the silver coin that I had lost.’ In this way, I tell you, the angels of God will have great joy over one sinner that changes their ways.”
[11-32] Then the Christ told them this story, “Someone had two children. The younger of them said to the parent, “Give me my share of the inheritance now.” So the parent gave the inheritance to the child. And few days later, the younger child gathered everything together, and took a journey into a far country, and when the child got there, wasted it all with selfish living. And when the child had spent it all, a great shortage of food came to that land; and the child began to be in need. So the child went to work for a citizen of that country; who sent them into their fields to feed the pigs. And the child almost would have eaten what the pigs ate, because no one gave the child anything to eat. And when the child thought about it, said, ‘How many of my parent’s hired workers have enough food, with some to spare, and I am dying of hunger! I’ll go back home to my parent, and say to them, I’ve sinned against heaven, and you, and I’m not worthy to be called your child: but make me as one of your hired workers.’ So the child got up, and went home to their parent. So when the child was still a great way off, the parent saw them, and had compassion, and ran, and hugged the child’s neck, and kissed them. And the child said, ‘I’ve sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and I’m not worthy to be called your child.’ But the parent said to the workers, ‘Bring out the best clothes, and put it on my child; and put a ring and shoes on the child: And butcher the fatted calf, and kill it; and let’s eat, and celebrate: because my child was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and now is found.’ And they began to celebrate. Now the older child was in the field: and coming home, got near the house, and heard music and dancing. So that child called one of the workers, and asked what was the meaning of all this. And the worker said, ‘Your younger brother has come home; and your parent has killed the fatted calf, because the child has returned safe and sound.’ And the older child was angry, and wouldn’t go in: so the parent came out, and begged the child to come in. So the older one answered and said to the parent, ‘Look, I have worked for you many years, and I’ve never disobeyed your word: and still, you never even gave me a baby goat, that I might have a party with my friends: But as soon as that child came home, who has spent your living on whores, you killed the fatted calf. So the parent said, ‘Child, you’ve always been with me, and all that I have is yours. But it’s right that we celebrate, and are happy because this child was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and now is found.”’
16 [1-12] And the Christ said also to the followers, “There was a certain rich person, which had a manager who was accused of having wasted their goods. So they called them, saying, ‘How come I am hearing this about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be my manager.’ Then the manager thought, ‘What will I do? My owner has taken away my job. I can’t dig; and I am ashamed to beg. I know what to do. When I’m fired from the management, I will go to those who owe my owner.’ So the manager called everyone of the owner’s debtors, saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my owner?’ And that one said, a hundred dollars worth of oil. So the manager said, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly, and change it to fifty.’ Then the manager said to another, ‘and how much do you owe?’ And that one said, ‘a hundred dollars worth of wheat.’ So the manager said, ‘Take your bill, and change it to eighty.’ And the owner applauded the bad manager, because the manger had cleverly gotten out of trouble by giving them a good discount. The people of this world are more dishonest than the children of light. So I tell you, make godly friends with your earthly money; so that, when you die, you will be accepted into the heavenly realm along with them. Whoever is faithful with least amount is faithful also with much. And whoever is unfaithful with the least amount will be unfaithful also with much. So if you haven’t been faithful in the world’s money, who will trust you with the true riches? And if you haven’t been faithful in what belongs to another, who will give you anything for your own?”
[13-17] “No worker can serve two employers because either they’ll hate one, and love the other; or else they’ll be faithful to one, and hate the other. You can’t serve God and worship money, too.” And the religious leaders also, who were very selfish, heard all this, and mocked what Yeshua had said. So the Christ answered, “You’re the ones who try to make yourselves appear good to others; but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among humanity is evil in the sight of God. Humanity has had the Word of God and the great preachers up until John came, and since that time the realm of God has been preached about, and everyone is trying to get into it. But it’s easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one small point of the Word of God to fail. And whoever divorces their spouse, and marries another, takes part in sexual sin: and whoever marries someone that is divorced takes part in sexual sin, as well.