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

New Living Translation
And he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren't worthy of the honor.

English Standard Version
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

Berean Study Bible
Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy.

Berean Literal Bible
Then he says to his servants, 'Indeed the wedding feast is ready, but those having been invited were not worthy.

New American Standard Bible
"Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

King James Bible
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then he told his slaves, The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

International Standard Version
"Then he told his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

NET Bible
Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.

New Heart English Bible
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and those who were invited were not worthy.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the king said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited don't deserve the honor.

New American Standard 1977
“Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said to his slaves, The wedding is ready, but those who were called were not worthy.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy.

American King James Version
Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

American Standard Version
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he says to his bondmen, The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy;

English Revised Version
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he saith to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy.

Weymouth New Testament
Then he said to his servants, "'The wedding banquet is ready, but those who were invited were unworthy of it.

World English Bible
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.

Young's Literal Translation
then saith he to his servants, The marriage-feast indeed is ready, and those called were not worthy,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
7The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘- The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’…
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 22:7
The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city.

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

Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

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Verse 8. - Then saith he. This is supposed to take place after the destruction of the murderers and their city; and, indeed, the final rejection of the Jews and the substitution of the Gentiles were consummated by the overthrow of Jerusalem and the Hebrew polity. The wedding is ready. God's great design is not frustrated by the neglect of those first invited, only the guests are changed. Not worthy. Their unworthiness was proved by their rejection of the gracious call, as the worthiness of those subsequently called consisted in their acceptance thereof. The passage is well illustrated by the language of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:46, 47). Then saith he to his servants,.... That were preserved from their rage and malice, and outlived their implacable enemies, and saw their utter ruin and destruction:

the wedding is ready; meaning not the marriage contract, which was secretly performed in eternity; or the calling of God's elect among the Jews, and their open espousal to Christ, which for the present was now over; but the marriage feast, or the Gospel dispensation, which was ushered in, and the ministry of it, to which nothing was wanting; all the promises, prophecies, types, and shadows, of the former dispensation, were now accomplished; the Lamb of God was slain, and all things to be done by him, were now finished; the ministers of the Gospel, the apostles, were called, their commission enlarged, and they qualified with a greater measure of the Spirit, and were sent to preach both to Jews and Gentiles:

but they which were bidden were not worthy; that is, the Jews, who had notice of this dispensation by the prophets, were told by John the Baptist, that it was at hand; were once, and again externally called unto it by the ministry of the apostles; but they were not only unworthy in themselves, as all men are, of such a blessing and privilege, but they behaved towards it in a very unworthy manner; they were so far from attending on it in a diligent and peaceable way, as becomes all such persons that are blessed with the external ministry of it; who when they do so, may be said to behave worthily, and, in some sense, to be worthy of such a privilege being continued with them; see Matthew 10:13 compared with Luke 10:6 that they contradicted and blasphemed it, and by their own outrageous carriage, showed plainly that they were unworthy of it; and were so judged by Christ and his apostles, who ordered them to turn from them, and go to the Gentiles, and which may be intended in the following words. 8. The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy—for how should those be deemed worthy to sit down at His table who had affronted Him by their treatment of His gracious invitation?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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