Luke 14:9
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New International Version
If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.

New Living Translation
The host will come and say, 'Give this person your seat.' Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

English Standard Version
and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.

Berean Study Bible
Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you, 'Give this man your seat.' And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place.

Berean Literal Bible
And the one having invited you and him, having come, will say to you, 'Give your place to this one,' and then with shame you should begin to take the last place.

New American Standard Bible
and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this man,' and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.

King James Bible
And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, Give your place to this man,' and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place.

International Standard Version
Then the host who invited both of you would come to you and say, 'Give this person your place.' In disgrace, you would have to take the place of least honor.

NET Bible
So the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your place.' Then, ashamed, you will begin to move to the least important place.

New Heart English Bible
and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And he who invited you and him should come and say to you, 'Give the place to this man', and you will be ashamed when you stand and you take the last place.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then your host would say to you, 'Give this person your place.' Embarrassed, you would have to take the place of least honor.

New American Standard 1977
and he who invited you both shall come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and he that called thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place, and thou begin with shame to have the lowest place.

King James 2000 Bible
And he that bade you and him come and say to you, Give this man your place; and you begin with shame to take the lowest place.

American King James Version
And he that bade you and him come and say to you, Give this man place; and you begin with shame to take the lowest room.

American Standard Version
and he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he that invited thee and him, come and say to thee, Give this man place: and then thou begin with shame to take the lowest place.

Darby Bible Translation
and he who invited thee and him come and say to thee, Give place to this [man], and then thou begin with shame to take the last place.

English Revised Version
and he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he that invited thee and him, shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

Weymouth New Testament
and the man who invited you both will come and will say to you, 'Make room for this guest,' and then you, ashamed, will move to the lowest place.

World English Bible
and he who invited both of you would come and tell you, 'Make room for this person.' Then you would begin, with shame, to take the lowest place.

Young's Literal Translation
and he who did call thee and him having come shall say to thee, Give to this one place, and then thou mayest begin with shame to occupy the last place.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Guests
8“When you are invited to a wedding banquet, do not sit in the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited. 9Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you, ‘Give this man’ your seat. And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place, so that your host will come and tell you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you.…
Cross References
Luke 3:8
Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Luke 13:17
When Jesus said this, all His adversaries were humiliated. And the whole crowd rejoiced at all the glorious things He was doing.
Treasury of Scripture

And he that bade you and him come and say to you, Give this man place; and you begin with shame to take the lowest room.

and thou.

Esther 6:6-12 So Haman came in. And the king said to him, What shall be done to …

Proverbs 3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Ezekiel 28:2-10 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Daniel 4:30-34 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

(9) And thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.--At first sight the words seem to suggest lower motives than those by which the disciples of Christ should regulate their lives--an artificial and calculating rather than a real humility. Three explanations may be given of what is a very real difficulty--(1) That all precepts bearing directly upon social ethics start naturally, as in the Book of Proverbs (from which the form of the teaching is, indeed, directly derived, comp. Proverbs 25:6-7), from the prudential rather than the spiritual view of life. (2) That there is in this counsel an adaptation of teaching that, left to itself, would have been higher, to the weaknesses of those who listened; a method, that as we have noted elsewhere, can hardly be defined in strictly accurate language, but, in its merely human aspects, might be regarded as involving some tinge of grave and solemn irony. From their own point of view even, they were grasping at the shadow and losing the substance, poor as that substance was. Their restless vanity was suicidal. (3) There is the deep ethical truth that every victory obtained, even under the influence of a lower motive, over a dominant weakness or strong temptation, strengthens the habit of self-control, and that the power thus developed tends in the nature of things to go on to further and yet further victories.

And he that bade thee and him,.... To the feast, and who is the master of it, and has a right to dispose of, and order his guests at his table, as he thinks fit:

come and say to thee, give this man place; pray rise up, and give this honourable man this seat, which is more suitable for a person of his rank and figure, and take another:

and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room; or place, which must unavoidably fill a man with shame and confusion; because hereby his pride and vanity, in affecting the uppermost room, will be publicly exposed; and he who before sat in the chief place, will have the mortification, before all the guests, to be seated in the lowest. 9. the lowest—not a lower merely [Bengel].

with shame—"To be lowest is only ignominious to him who affects the highest" [Bengel].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.
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