Matthew 22:7
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New International Version
The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

New Living Translation
"The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town.

English Standard Version
The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

New American Standard Bible
"But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.

King James Bible
But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city.

International Standard Version
Then the king became outraged. He sent his troops, and they destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

NET Bible
The king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those murderers to death and set their city on fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when the King heard, he was angry and he sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The king became angry. He sent his soldiers, killed those murderers, and burned their city.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when the king heard of this, he became angry and sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

King James 2000 Bible
But when the king heard thereof, he was angry: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

American King James Version
But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

American Standard Version
But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city.

Darby Bible Translation
And [when] the king [heard of it he] was wroth, and having sent his forces, destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

English Revised Version
But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Webster's Bible Translation
But when the king heard of it, he was wroth: and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Weymouth New Testament
So the king's anger was stirred, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burnt their city.

World English Bible
When the king heard that, he was angry, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Young's Literal Translation
'And the king having heard, was wroth, and having sent forth his soldiers, he destroyed those murderers, and their city he set on fire;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - When the king heard thereof. The text varies here. Some manuscripts have "that king," to whom the rejection of his messengers was a personal insult (comp. 2 Samuel 10:4, etc.). The Sinaitic, Vatican, and other authorities omit ἀκούσας, "heard thereof," and it may well be a gloss from the human view that the king, not being personally present, must have been informed of the incidents. At the same time, the King, regarded as God, needs no report to acquaint him with what is going on. He was wroth. The injury was done to him, and he resents it (comp. Luke 10:16; John 12:48). His armies. The Romans, under Vespasian and Titus, the unconscious instruments of his vengeance. So the Assyrians are called "the rod of God's anger" (Isaiah 10:5; Isaiah 13:5; comp. Jeremiah 25:9; Jeremiah 51:20). Some regard the "armies" as angels, the ministers of God's punishment, especially in war, famine, and pestilence, the three scourges which accomplished the ruin of the Jews. Probably both angels and men are included in the term. Destroyed... burned up their city. No longer his city, but theirs, the murderers' city, Jerusalem. So a little later foretelling the same fate, Jesus speaks of "your house" (Matthew 23:38). The Romans, in fact, some forty years after, put to the sword the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and burned the city to ashes.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But when the king heard thereof,.... Of this maltreatment, and barbarous usage of his servants, their cries coming up into his ears, and their blood calling for vengeance at his hands; and he full well knowing what they did unto them, and upon what account, being the omniscient God; and observing their malignity and wickedness,

he was wroth: who, though slow to anger, bears much, and suffers long; yet was now highly incensed and provoked, and stirred up all his wrath, determining to take vengeance on such a vile generation of men. Christ, when he was here on earth, was sometimes provoked by the Jews, through their unbelief, their obstinacy, and the hardness of their hearts and was angry with them, being grieved for them, Mark 3:5, but then was not the proper time to execute his wrath; he then appeared as the Lamb of God, to take away the sin of the world; he came to save men, and not to destroy their lives, nor to condemn the world: when his martyr Stephen was suffering, he was seen by him standing at the right hand of God, being risen from his seat, as one incensed at the usage his servant met with from the wicked Jews; but the time of his vengeance was not yet come, more patience and forbearance were to be exercised towards them: but now his kingdom came with power, and he appears as the Lion of the tribe of Judah; and pours out his wrath to the uttermost upon them, destroys their city and temple, and puts an end to their civil and ecclesiastical state, and cuts them off from being a nation; and now it was, that he ordered these his enemies, who would not have him to rule over them, brought before him, and slain in his presence; and in all this, he showed his kingly power and authority; and by removing the sceptre from them, and all show of dominion and government, made it fully appear that he, the Messiah, was come. Well had it been for them, had they taken the advice of the Psalmist, "Kiss the Son", the Son of God, believe in him as such, embrace him as the Messiah, yield subjection and obedience to his word and ordinances, "lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little", Psalm 2:12. But now his wrath was kindled very much, and was poured out like fire, and there was no standing before it; the day of the Lord burned like an oven, and destroyed the Jews root and branch: the manner and means, in and by which this utter ruin was brought about, are as follow:

and he sent forth his armies; not the angels, who are the armies and hosts of heaven; nor desolating judgments only, as pestilence and famine, though the latter was severely felt by the Jews, but chiefly the Roman armies are here meant; called "his", because they came by the Lord's appointment and permission; and were used by him, for the destruction of these people:

and destroyed those murderers; of Christ and his apostles, as their fathers had been of the prophets before them:

and burnt up their city; the city of Jerusalem, the metropolis of the Jews, and where the principal of these murderers dwelt; and which was burnt and destroyed by the Roman army, under Titus Vespasian. And a worse punishment than this, even the vengeance of eternal fire, may all the neglecters of the Gospel, and persecutors of the ministers of it expect, from him, whose vengeance is, and who will repay it; for if judgment began at the house of God, the people of the Jews who were so called, what will be the end of them that obey not the Gospel of Christ? How sore a punishment shall they be thought worthy of, who trample under foot the Son of God, count his blood a common thing, and do despite to the Spirit of grace? If the law, when transgressed; demanded a just recompense of reward, or inflicted deserved punishment, how shall the neglecters of the great salvation revealed in the Gospel escape?

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. But when the king—the Great God, who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

heard thereof, he was wroth—at the affront put both on His Son, and on Himself who had deigned to invite them.

and he sent forth his armies—The Romans are here styled God's armies, just as the Assyrian is styled "the rod of His anger" (Isa 10:5), as being the executors of His judicial vengeance.

and destroyed those murderers—and in what vast numbers did they do it!

and burned up their city—Ah! Jerusalem, once "the city of the Great King" (Ps 48:2), and even up almost to this time (Mt 5:35); but now it is "their city"—just as our Lord, a day or two after this, said of the temple, where God had so long dwelt, "Behold your house is left unto you desolate" (Mt 23:38)! Compare Lu 19:43, 44.

Matthew 22:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Banquet
6and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7"But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire. 8"Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.…
Cross References
Matthew 22:6
The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.

Matthew 22:8
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.

Luke 19:27
But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me.'"
Treasury of Scripture

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

he was.

Matthew 21:40,41 When the lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do to …

Daniel 9:26 And after three score and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but …

Zechariah 14:1,2 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided …

Luke 19:27,42-44 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, …

Luke 21:21,24 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let …

1 Thessalonians 2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, …

1 Peter 4:17,18 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

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Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end …

Isaiah 10:5-7 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my …

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Luke 19:27 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, …

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