Matthew 22:10
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New International Version
So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

New Living Translation
So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

English Standard Version
And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Berean Study Bible
So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Berean Literal Bible
And those servants, having gone out into the highways, brought together all, as many as they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall became full of those reclining.

New American Standard Bible
"Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

King James Bible
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests.

International Standard Version
Those servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they found, evil and good alike, and the wedding hall was packed with guests.

NET Bible
And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

New Heart English Bible
And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was filled with those reclining.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those servants went out to the roads, and they gathered everyone whom they found, bad and good, and the place of the wedding feast was filled with guests.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The servants went into the streets and brought in all the good people and all the evil people they found. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

New American Standard 1977
“And those slaves went out into the streets, and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So those slaves went out into the highways and gathered together everyone that they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was filled with guests.

King James 2000 Bible
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

American King James Version
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

American Standard Version
And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests.

Darby Bible Translation
And those bondmen went out into the highways, and brought together all as many as they found, both evil and good; and the wedding feast was furnished with guests.

English Revised Version
And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests.

Webster's Bible Translation
So those servants went out into the highways, and collected all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

Weymouth New Testament
"So they went out into the roads and gathered together all they could find, both bad and good, and the banqueting hall was filled with guests.

World English Bible
Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests.

Young's Literal Translation
'And those servants, having gone forth to the ways, did gather all, as many as they found, both bad and good, and the marriage-feast apartment was filled with those reclining.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
9Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came in to see the guests, he spotted a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:15
Jesus replied, "How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast.

Matthew 22:9
Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.'

Matthew 22:11
But when the king came in to see the guests, he spotted a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes.
Treasury of Scripture

So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

both.

Matthew 22:11,12 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which …

Matthew 13:38,47,48 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; …

Matthew 25:1,2 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which …

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

Revelation 2:14,15,20-23 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

and the.

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could …

Revelation 19:6-9 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the …

(10) Both bad and good.--The words imply, as in the parable of the Drag-net (Matthew 13:47-48), (1) the universality of the offer of the gospel, so that none were shut out through any previous sins; (2) that the assembly of the guests so gathered answers to the visible Church of Christ in which the evil are mingled with the good, waiting for the coming of the King "to see the guests."

The wedding was furnished.--Some of the most ancient MSS. give "the bride-chamber was furnished;" but it looks like a gloss or explanatory note.

Verse 10. - Highways; ὁδοὺς: the roads. Not "the partings of the ways," whither they had been ordered to go. Some see here an intimation of the imperfection of the work of human agents; but it is very doubtful if any such allusion is intended. More probably τὰς ὁδοὺς is only a synonym for τὰς διεξόδους τῶν ὁδῶν. Both bad and good. The visible Church contains a mixed company, as Christ indicated by more than one parable; e.g. the draw net, the tares, etc. (ch. 13.). The bad are named first, in order to show the infinite graciousness of the king. In the earliest times converts were baptized with very little preparation and without any probation, as we see in the case of the eunuch, the jailor, and many more mentioned in the Acts; and doubtless many were insincere and soon lapsed. When we read of whole households being baptized, and in later times of whole nations receiving Christian initiation, there must have been little individual preparation of heart or cleansing of conscience, and the missioner had to take for granted much which more careful examination would have proved to be fallacious. The mention of this mixture of bad and good in the company introduces the final scene. The wedding. The Sinaitic, Vatican, and other manuscripts read "marriage chamber" (νυμφὼν). So Tischendorf and Westcott and Herr. But the received text is well founded, and seems more natural. Guests; ἀνακειμένων: literally, recliners; Vulgate, discumbentium; so called from the customary attitude at meals. So these servants went out into the highways,.... Turned from the Jews, and went among the Gentiles, preaching the Gospel to them; particularly the Apostle Paul, with Barnabas, and others:

and gathered together all, as many as they found, both good and bad: the Persic version reads it, "known or unknown". The Gospel ministry is the means of gathering souls to Christ, and to attend his ordinances, and into his churches; and of these that are gathered by it into churches, and to an attendance on outward ordinances, some are good and some bad, as the fishes gathered in the net of the Gospel are said to be, in Matthew 13:47 which may either express the character of the Gentiles before conversion, some of them being outwardly good in their civil and moral character; closely adhering to the law and light of nature, doing the things of it, and others notoriously wicked; or rather, how they proved when gathered in, some being real believers, godly persons, whose conversations were as became the Gospel of Christ; others hypocrites, empty professors, having a form of godliness, and nothing of the power of it; destitute of grace in their hearts, and of holiness in their lives; and the whole sets forth the diligence of the servants, in executing their master's orders, with so much readiness and exactness:

and the wedding was furnished with guests; that is, the wedding chamber, or the place where the wedding was kept, and the marriage dinner was prepared, and eat; so the Syriac renders it, , "the house of the feast", or where the feast was kept; and so the Ethiopic version: the Persic version reads it, "the house of the nuptial feast": which designs the house and church of God, into which large numbers of the Gentiles were brought, by the ministry of the apostles; so that it was filled with persons that made a profession of Christ and his Gospel. 10. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good—that is, without making any distinction between open sinners and the morally correct. The Gospel call fetched in Jews, Samaritans, and outlying heathen alike. Thus far the parable answers to that of "the Great Supper" (Lu 14:16, etc.). But the distinguishing feature of our parable is what follows:22:1-14 The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel, is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food, but a royal feast, for the perishing souls of his rebellious creatures. There is enough and to spare, of every thing that can add to our present comfort and everlasting happiness, in the salvation of his Son Jesus Christ. The guests first invited were the Jews. When the prophets of the Old Testament prevailed not, nor John the Baptist, nor Christ himself, who told them the kingdom of God was at hand, the apostles and ministers of the gospel were sent, after Christ's resurrection, to tell them it was come, and to persuade them to accept the offer. The reason why sinners come not to Christ and salvation by him, is, not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ, and of the great salvation wrought out by him, is the damning sin of the world. They were careless. Multitudes perish for ever through mere carelessness, who show no direct aversion, but are careless as to their souls. Also the business and profit of worldly employments hinder many in closing with the Saviour. Both farmers and merchants must be diligent; but whatever we have of the world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ. The utter ruin coming upon the Jewish church and nation, is here represented. Persecution of Christ's faithful ministers fills up the measure of guilt of any people. The offer of Christ and salvation to the Gentiles was not expected; it was such a surprise as it would be to wayfaring men, to be invited to a royal wedding-feast. The design of the gospel is to gather souls to Christ; all the children of God scattered abroad, Joh 10:16; 11:52. The case of hypocrites is represented by the guest that had not on a wedding-garment. It concerns all to prepare for the scrutiny; and those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, who have a Christian temper of mind, who live by faith in Christ, and to whom he is all in all, have the wedding-garment. The imputed righteousness of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit, are both alike necessary. No man has the wedding-garment by nature, or can form it for himself. The day is coming, when hypocrites will be called to account for all their presumptuous intruding into gospel ordinances, and usurpation of gospel privileges. Take him away. Those that walk unworthy of Christianity, forfeit all the happiness they presumptuously claimed. Our Saviour here passes out of the parable into that which it teaches. Hypocrites go by the light of the gospel itself down to utter darkness. Many are called to the wedding-feast, that is, to salvation, but few have the wedding-garment, the righteousness of Christ, the sanctification of the Spirit. Then let us examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and seek to be approved by the King.
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