ContextParable of the Guests
7And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them, 8When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, 9and 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. 10But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, Friend, move up higher; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
12And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
15When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!
Parable of the Dinner
16But He said to him, A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, Come; for everything is ready now. 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused. 19Another one said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused. 20Another one said, I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come. 21And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame. 22And the slave said, Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room. 23And the master said to the slave, Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.
25Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish. 31Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
34Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And he spake a parable unto those that were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them,
And he spoke a parable also to them that were invited, marking how they chose the first seats at the table, saying to them:
Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to those that were invited, remarking how they chose out the first places, saying to them,
English Revised Version
And he spake a parable unto those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief seats; saying unto them,
Webster's Bible Translation
And he put forth a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying to them,
Weymouth New Testament
Then, when He noticed that the invited guests chose the best seats, He used this as an illustration and said to them,
World English Bible
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
Young's Literal Translation
And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,
LibraryOctober 26. "Go Out into the Highways and Compel them to Come In" (Luke xiv. 23).
"Go out into the highways and compel them to come in" (Luke xiv. 23). In the great parable in the fourteenth chapter of Luke, giving an account of the great supper an ancient lord prepared for his friends and neighbors, and to which, when they asked to be excused, he invited the halt and the lame from the city slums and the lepers from outside the gate, there is a significant picture and object lesson of the program of Christianity in this age. In the first place, it is obvious to every thoughtful …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Excuses not Reasons
The Rash Builder
The Lessons of a Feast
Why the Divine Invitation is Refused.
On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xiv. 16, "A Certain Man Made a Great Supper," Etc.
The Sin of Omission.
Compel them to Come In
The Holy Communion.
Of the Oblation of Christ Upon the Cross, and of Resignation of Self
Dining with a Pharisee. Sabbath Healing and Three Lessons Suggested by the Event.
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