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The Jefferson Bible
The Life and Morals of Jesus
ND 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.
2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day, or no?
4 But they held their peace.
5 And he saith unto them, Which of you shall have a son or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
6 And they could not answer him to these things.
7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief places; saying unto them.
8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding feast, sit not down in the highest place; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden by him;
9 And he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest place; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have honour 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 feast, 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.
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great feast, and bade many:
16 And sent his servant at the time of the feast to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
17 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.
18 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
20 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 blind, and the halt.
21 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
22 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.
23 For I say unto you, None of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
25 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
26 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
27 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?
28 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an embassy, and desireth conditions of peace.
Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
30 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
31 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
32 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
33 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
34 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
35 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
36 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
37 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
38 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
39 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
40 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
41 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
42 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
43 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
44 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
45 But when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
46 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
47 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
48 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
49 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
50 But the father said to his servants, Bring forthwith the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
51 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
52 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
53 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
54 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
55 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
56 But he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.
57 But he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
58 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
59 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
60 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.