Luke 14:1, 7-11
1 And it happened that, when Jesus entered the house of a certain leader of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were observing him.
7 Then he also told a parable, to those who were invited, noticing how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:
8 "When you are invited to a wedding, do not sit down in the first place, lest perhaps someone more honored than yourself may have been invited by him.
9 And then he who called both you and him, approaching, may say to you, 'Give this place to him.' And then you would begin, with shame, to take the last place.
10 But when you are invited, go, sit down in the lowest place, so that, when he who invited you arrives, he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the sight of those who sit at table together with you.
11 For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."
And about this, I rejoice, and moreover, I will continue to rejoice.
19 For I know that this will bring me to salvation, through your prayers and under the ministration of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 by means of my own expectation and hope. For in nothing shall I be confounded. Instead, with all confidence, now just as always, Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 And while I live in the flesh, for me, there is the fruit of works. But I do not know which I would choose.
23 For I am constrained between the two: having a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ, which is the far better thing,
24 but then to remain in the flesh is necessary for your sake.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall remain and that I shall continue to remain with all of you, for your advancement and for your joy in the faith,
26 so that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus for me, through my return to you again.
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