Passage: Luke 14:16-24 (RSV)

Luke 14

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 servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all 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; I pray you, have me excused.'
19And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.'
20And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'
21So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed 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, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"

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