Luke 14:23
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New International Version
"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

New Living Translation
So his master said, 'Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.

English Standard Version
And 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.

New American Standard Bible
"And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.

King James Bible
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then the master told the slave, Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.

International Standard Version
Then the master told the servant, 'Go out into the streets and the lanes and make the people come in, so that my house may be full.

NET Bible
So the master said to his slave, 'Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And the owner said to his servant, 'Go out to the streets and to the place of hedges and compel them to enter, that my house may be filled.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the master told his servant, 'Go to the roads and paths! Urge the people to come to my house. I want it to be full.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the lord said unto the slave, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled.

King James 2000 Bible
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

American King James Version
And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

American Standard Version
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Darby Bible Translation
And the lord said to the bondman, Go out into the ways and fences and compel to come in, that my house may be filled;

English Revised Version
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Weymouth New Testament
"'Go out,' replied the master, 'to the high roads and hedge-rows, and compel the people to come in, so that my house may be filled.

World English Bible
"The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Young's Literal Translation
'And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;
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 23. - And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges. Hitherto the parable-story has been dealing with the past and the present of Israel; it now becomes prophetic, and speaks of a state of things to be. The third series of invitations is not addressed to inhabitants of a city. No walls hem in these far-scattered dwellers among the highways and hedges of the world. This time the master of the house asks to his great banquet those who live in the isles of the Gentiles. And compel them to some in. A greater pressure is put on this class of outsiders than was tried upon the favoured first invited. The indifferent ones were left to themselves. They knew, or professed to know and to appreciate, the nature of that feast in heaven, the invitation to which they treated apparently with so much honour, and really with such contempt. But these outsiders the Divine Host would treat differently. To them the notion of a pitying, loving God was quite a strange thought; these must be compelled - must be brought to him with the gentle force which the angels used when they laid hold of the hand of lingering Lot, and brought him out of the doomed city of the plain. Thus faithful men, intensely convinced of the truth of their message, compel others, by the bright earnestness of their words and life, to join the company of those who are going up to the feast above. Anselm thinks that God may be also said to compel men to come in when he drives them by calamities to seek and find refuge with him and in his Church. That my house may be filled. In ver. 22 the servant, who knew well his master's mind and his master's house too, and its capabilities, tells his lord how, after many had accepted the invitation and were gone in to the banquet, "yet there was room." The master of the house, approving his servant's words, confirms them by repeating, "Bring in more andyet more, that my house may be filled." Bengel comments here with his quaint grace in words to which no translation can do justice: "Nee natura nec gratis patitur vacuum." Our God, with his burning love for souls, will never bear to contemplate a half-empty heaven. "Messiah will see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied." "The love of God," says Godet, "is great; it requires a multitude of guests; it will not have a seat empty. The number of the elect is, as it were, determined beforehand by the riches of the Divine glory, which cannot find complete reflection without a certain number of human beings. The invitation will, therefore, be continued, and consequently the history of our race prolonged, until that number be reached."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord said unto the servant,.... A second time; that since the Jews put away the word of eternal life from them, and judged themselves unworthy of it by their contradicting and blaspheming it, he commanded his apostles to turn from them to the Gentiles; see Acts 13:45,

go out into the highways and hedges: the Persic version adds, "of the vineyards"; see 1 Chronicles 4:23 and may in general design the mean, base, vile, and sinful state of the Gentiles; who might be said to be "in the highways", because they were without the commonwealth and church of the Jews; were not admitted to civil conversation, nor to religious worship with them; and were left to walk on in their own ways, of their own devising and choosing, in which they delighted: they were not in God's highway, which is a way of holiness, Isaiah 35:8 but in their own highways; either following the various sects of the philosophers, which were vain and foolish; or going into different practices of idolatry, and walking in very sinful and vicious courses; and so were in the broad road and highway to destruction: and their being in, and under "the hedges", may denote their state of separation from God; being without him, alienated from the life of him, and afar off from him; being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, Ephesians 2:12 they were not in the gardens and enclosures, but under the hedges:

and compel them to come in; to the house of God, and church of Christ; to come and hear the word, and quit their former course of living, and attend the word and worship of God; and upon an evidence of the truth of grace upon their souls, to come into a Gospel church state, and partake of all privileges and ordinances in it; to which they are to be compelled, not by outward force, but by forcible words, by powerful arguments, and by the strength of persuasion; which expresses the nature of the Gospel ministry, which is to persuade Japhet to dwell in the tents of Shem; and the power that attends it by the divine Spirit; the case and condition of souls, who are generally bashful and backward, judging themselves unworthy; as also the earnest desire, and great liberality of Christ, the master of the feast, whose end in it is as follows:

that my house may be filled; with men, like a flock, and these with gifts and grace; with such as shall be saved, as with elect Jews, so with the fulness of the Gentiles.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. highways and hedges—outside the city altogether; historically, the heathen, sunk in the lowest depths of spiritual wretchedness, as being beyond the pale of all that is revealed and saving, "without Christ, strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world" (Eph 2:12); generally, all such still. Thus, this parable prophetically contemplates the extension of the kingdom of God to the whole world; and spiritually, directs the Gospel invitations to be carried to the lowest strata, and be brought in contact with the outermost circles, of human society.

compel them to come in—not as if they would make the "excuses" of the first class, but because it would be hard to get them over two difficulties: (1) "We are not fit company for such a feast." (2) "We have no proper dress, and are ill in order for such a presence." How fitly does this represent the difficulties and fears of the sincere! How is this met? "Take no excuse—make them come as they are—bring them along with you." What a directory for ministers of Christ!

that my house may be filled—"Grace no more than nature will endure a vacuum" [Bengel].

Luke 14:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Banquet
22"And the slave said, 'Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23"And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24'For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.'"
Cross References
Matthew 5:41
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

Luke 14:22
"'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'

Luke 14:24
I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'"
Treasury of Scripture

And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Go.

Psalm 98:3 He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: …

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Isaiah 19:24,25 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, …

Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown…

Isaiah 49:5,6 And now, said the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, …

Isaiah 66:19,20 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape …

Zechariah 14:8,9 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, …

Matthew 22:9,10 Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, …

Matthew 28:19,20 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel …

Acts 10:44-48 While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them …

Acts 11:18-21 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified …

Acts 13:47,48 For so has the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set you to be a …

Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, …

Acts 22:21,22 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles…

Acts 26:18-20 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Acts 28:28 Be it known therefore to you, that the salvation of God is sent to …

Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into …

Romans 15:9-12 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, …

Ephesians 2:11-22 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

compel.

Luke 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward …

Genesis 19:2,3 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your …

Psalm 110:3 Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties …

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Romans 11:13,14 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the …

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

2 Corinthians 5:11,20 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

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