22. Teaching concerning the Acceptance
of God's Invitation
15 And one of those reclining at table with Him, hearing these things, said to Him, aBlessed is he who shall eat bread in the bkingdom of God.
16 And He said to him, A certain man was making a 1great dinner and invited many;
17 And he sent his slave at the dinner hour to say to those who had been invited, Come, for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuses. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of land, and I need to go out and see it. I ask you, have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to prove them. I ask you, have me excused.
20 And another said, I have amarried a wife, and because of this I cannot come.
21 And the slave came up and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and told his slave, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the apoor and crippled and blind and lame.
22 And the slave said, Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.
23 And the master said to the slave, Go out into the roads and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
24 For I tell you that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.