15One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God! 16Then Jesus said to him, Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, Come; for everything is ready now. 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets. 19Another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets. 20Another said, I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come. 21So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame. 22And the slave said, Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room. 23Then the master said to the slave, Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.
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