Luke 14:7
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New International Version
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:

New Living Translation
When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:

English Standard Version
Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,

New American Standard Bible
And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them,

King James Bible
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noticed how they would choose the best places for themselves:

International Standard Version
When Jesus noticed how the guests were choosing the places of honor, he told them a parable.

NET Bible
Then when Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. He said to them,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he told a parable to those who were invited there when he saw those who chose the places of the best seats.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus noticed how the guests always chose the places of honor. So he used this illustration when he spoke to them:

Jubilee Bible 2000
And observing how they chose the first seats at the table, he put forth a parable to those who were invited, saying unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
And he put forth a parable to those who were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief places; saying unto them,

American King James Version
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them.

American Standard Version
And he spake a parable unto those that were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to those that were invited, remarking how they chose out the first places, saying to them,

English Revised Version
And he spake a parable unto those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he put forth a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them,

Weymouth New Testament
Then, when He noticed that the invited guests chose the best seats, He used this as an illustration and said to them,

World English Bible
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,

Young's Literal Translation
And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:7-14 Even in the common actions of life, Christ marks what we do, not only in our religious assemblies, but at our tables. We see in many cases, that a man's pride will bring him low, and before honour is humility. Our Saviour here teaches, that works of charity are better than works of show. But our Lord did not mean that a proud and unbelieving liberality should be rewarded, but that his precept of doing good to the poor and afflicted should be observed from love to him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 7-14. - At the Pharisee's feast. The Master's teaching on the subject of seeking the most honourable places. Who ought to be the guests at such feasts. Verse 7. - And he put forth a parable to those which were hidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. The scene with the sufferer who had been healed of his dropsy was now over. The Master was silent, and the guests proceeded to take their places at the banquet. Jesus remained still, watching the manoeuvring on the part of scribes and doctors and wealthy guests to secure the higher and more honourable seats. "The chief rooms;" better rendered "first places."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden,.... To the dinner at the Pharisee's house, particularly the lawyers, or Scribes and Pharisees:

when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; the uppermost places at the table, which these men loved, coveted, and sought after; See Gill on Matthew 23:6.

saying unto them; as follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7-11. a parable—showing that His design was not so much to inculcate mere politeness or good manners, as underneath this to teach something deeper (Lu 14:11).

chief rooms—principal seats, in the middle part of the couch on which they reclined at meals, esteemed the most honorable.

Luke 14:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Guests
7And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, 8"When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,…
Cross References
Proverbs 25:7
it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes

Matthew 23:6
they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

Luke 11:43
"Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

Luke 20:46
"Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
Treasury of Scripture

And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them.

put.

Judges 14:12 And Samson said to them, I will now put forth a riddle to you: if …

Proverbs 8:1 Does not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

Ezekiel 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel;

Matthew 13:34 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without …

they.

Luke 11:43 Woe to you, Pharisees! for you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, …

Luke 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love …

Matthew 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

Mark 12:38,39 And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which …

Acts 8:18,19 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands …

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence …

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