1One Sabbath, when Jesus went to share a meal in the home of one of the leaders of the Pharisees, they were watching him closely. 2A man suffering from an abnormal swelling of the body was there. 3Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Does the Law allow healing on the Sabbath or not?" 4But they said nothing. Jesus took hold of the sick man, cured him, and then let him go. 5He said to them, "Suppose your child or ox fell into a ditch on the Sabbath day. Wouldn’t you immediately pull it out?" 6But they had no response. 7When Jesus noticed how the guests sought out the best seats at the table, he told them a parable. 8"When someone invites you to a wedding celebration, don’t take your seat in the place of honor. Someone more highly regarded than you could have been invited by your host. 9 The host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give your seat to this other person.’ Embarrassed, you will take your seat in the least important place. 10 Instead, when you receive an invitation, go and sit in the least important place. When your host approaches you, he will say, ‘Friend, move up here to a better seat.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up."