Luke 14:16
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New International Version
Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

New Living Translation
Jesus replied with this story: "A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.

English Standard Version
But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.

New American Standard Bible
But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;

King James Bible
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He told him: "A man was giving a large banquet and invited many.

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.

NET Bible
But Jesus said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “A certain man made a great supper and he called many.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper and called many

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he unto him, A certain man gave a great supper, and bade many:

American King James Version
Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

American Standard Version
But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to him, A certain man made a great supper and invited many.

English Revised Version
But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many:

Weymouth New Testament
"A man once gave a great dinner," replied Jesus, "to which he invited a large number of guests.

World English Bible
But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to him, 'A certain man made a great supper, and called many,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:15-24 In this parable observe the free grace and mercy of God shining in the gospel of Christ, which will be food and a feast for the soul of a man that knows its own wants and miseries. All found some pretence to put off their attendance. This reproves the Jewish nation for their neglect of the offers of Christ's grace. It shows also the backwardness there is to close with the gospel call. The want of gratitude in those who slight gospel offers, and the contempt put upon the God of heaven thereby, justly provoke him. The apostles were to turn to the Gentiles, when the Jews refused the offer; and with them the church was filled. The provision made for precious souls in the gospel of Christ, has not been made in vain; for if some reject, others will thankfully accept the offer. The very poor and low in the world, shall be as welcome to Christ as the rich and great; and many times the gospel has the greatest success among those that labour under worldly disadvantages and bodily infirmities. Christ's house shall at last be filled; it will be so when the number of the elect is completed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Then said he unto him. The parable with which the great Teacher answered the guest's remark contains much and varied teaching for all ages of the Church, but in the first instance it replies to the speaker's words. "Yes," said the Master, "blessed indeed are they who sit down at the heavenly feast. You think you are one of those whom the King of heaven has invited to the banquet; what have you done, though, with the invitation? I know many who have received it who have simply tossed it aside; are you of that number? Listen now to my story of the Divine banquet and of the invited thereto." A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. The kingdom of heaven, under the imagery of a great Banquet, was a picture well known to the Jews of that age. The guests in the Pharisee's house for the greater part were probably highly cultured men. At once they would grasp the meaning of the parable. They knew that the supper was heaven, and the Giver of the feast was God. The many - these were Israel, the long line of generations of the chosen people. So far strictly true, they thought; the Galilaean Teacher here is one with the rabbis of our Jerusalem schools. But, as Jesus proceeded, a puzzled, angry look would come upon the self-satisfied faces of Pharisee, scribe, and doctor; whispers would run round, "What means the Galilaean here?"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then said he unto him,.... That is, Jesus, as the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions express it; he said to the man that was so affected with the happiness of such that shall share in the provisions of the Messiah's kingdom;

a certain man made a great supper: by which is meant not the Lord's supper, which was not as yet instituted; nor the supper of the Lamb, which will be at the end of the world; but the Gospel dispensation, which was now taking place, and the provisions of it in the word and ordinances: and which is called a "supper"; because made in the end of the world, in the last days: and a "great" one, because of the maker of it, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; and the matter of it, a variety of rich provisions, a feast of fat things, an entertainment consisting of the greatest dainties, and most delightful food; and on account of the number of the guests invited, all people, every creature, to whom the outward ministration of the Gospel comes; and those who are properly guests that come, are a great number which no man can number; as well as because of the cost and charges of it to the maker, though it is all free to the guests; and likewise because of the circumstances of exceeding great joy and pleasure that attend it; to which may be added, the long duration of it, even from the first to the second coming of Christ.

And bade many. This first bidding more especially respects the Jews, who are said to be "many", in reference to the promise made to Abraham, that his seed should be as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand of the sea; and to set off the magnificence of the feast; and in distinction from all the world, and every creature, which were afterwards put into the Gospel commission: a foundation was laid for this supper in eternity, in the purposes, counsel, and covenant of God; and many prophecies concerning it were given out from the beginning; and sacrifices and ordinances were instituted, as emblematical of it, and to lead on to it, and give notice of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. a great supper—(Compare Isa 25:6).

bade many—historically, the Jews (see on [1669]Mt 22:3); generally, those within the pale of professed discipleship.

Luke 14:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Banquet
15When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.'…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:2
She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

Matthew 22:2
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Luke 14:17
At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
Treasury of Scripture

Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

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Proverbs 9:1,2 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars…

Isaiah 25:6,7 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a …

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Zechariah 10:7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall …

Matthew 22:2-14 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage …

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Isaiah 55:1-7 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, …

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, …

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