Matthew 22:9
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New International Version
So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'

New Living Translation
Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.'

English Standard Version
Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’

New American Standard Bible
Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.'

King James Bible
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.'

International Standard Version
So go into the roads leading out of town and invite as many people as you can find to the wedding.'

NET Bible
So go into the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'Go therefore to the ends of the roads and call everyone whom you find to the wedding feast.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Go where the roads leave the city. Invite everyone you find to the wedding.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go ye therefore into the entrances of the highways and call as many as ye shall find to the marriage.

King James 2000 Bible
Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.

American King James Version
Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.

American Standard Version
Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage.

Darby Bible Translation
go therefore into the thoroughfares of the highways, and as many as ye shall find invite to the wedding feast.

English Revised Version
Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, invite to the marriage.

Weymouth New Testament
Go out therefore to the crossroads, and everybody you meet invite to the wedding.'

World English Bible
Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.'

Young's Literal Translation
be going, then, on to the cross-ways, and as many as ye may find, call ye to the marriage-feasts.
Parallel Commentaries
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 9. - The highways; τὰς διεξόδους τῶν ὁδῶν: exitus viarum; the partings, or outlets of the ways. The places where roads meet, beyond the city bounds in the country, which would naturally be a centre of concourse. The city where the marriage feast was now held is not named, because it is no longer Jerusalem, but somewhere, anywhere, in the Gentile world; for the call of the Gentiles is here set forth. As many as ye shall find. The invitation is no longer confined to the Jews; the whole human race is called to the marriage of the Lamb, to participate in the fruits of the Incarnation. This general evangelization was begun in apostolic times (see Acts 8:5, 38; Acts 10:28, 48; Acts 13:46), and has been carried on ever since. The apostles' special ministrations to the Jews seemed to have ended at the martyrdom of St. James the Less, A.D. 62 (Josephus, 'Ant.,' 20:09, l).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Go ye therefore into the highways,.... Either of the city, which were open and public, and where much people were passing to and fro; or of the fields, the high roads, where many passengers were travelling; and may design the Gentile world, and Gentile sinners, who, in respect of the Jews, were far off; were walking in their own ways, and in the high road to destruction; and may denote their being the vilest of sinners, and as having nothing to recommend them to the divine favour, and to such privileges as this entertainment expresses:

and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage; to the marriage feast, not the marriage supper, but the dinner, Matthew 22:4, their orders were to go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature, Jew or Gentile, high or low, rich or poor, outwardly righteous, or openly profane, greater or lesser sinners, and exhort them to attend the Gospel ministry, and ordinances.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Go ye therefore into the highways—the great outlets and thoroughfares, whether of town or country, where human beings are to be found.

and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage—that is, just as they are.

Matthew 22:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Banquet
8"Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.' 10"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.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 21:21
For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots with arrows, he will consult his idols, he will examine the liver.

Obadiah 1:14
You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble.

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

Matthew 22:10
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.
Treasury of Scripture

Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.

Proverbs 1:20-23 Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets…

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Mark 16:15,16 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

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