Luke 14:16
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English Standard Version
But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.

King James Bible
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

American Standard Version
But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said to him: A certain man made a great supper, and invited many.

English Revised Version
But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and invited many:

Weymouth New Testament
"A man once gave a great dinner," replied Jesus, "to which he invited a large number of guests.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Made (ἐποίει)

Imperfect, was making. His preparations were in progress. A definite act among these preparations is described by the aorist, he bade (ἐκάλεσεν), the technical word for inviting to a festival. See Matthew 22:3; John 2:2.

Sent his servant

"If a sheikh, bey, or emeer invites, he always sends a servant to call you at the proper time. This servant often repeats the very formula mentioned in Luke 14:17 : Come, for the supper is ready. The fact that this custom is confined to the wealthy and to the nobility is in strict agreement with the parable, where the man who made the supper is supposed to be of this class. It is true now, as then, that to refuse is a high insult to the maker of the feast (Thomson, "Land and Book"). Palgrave mentions a similar formula of invitation among the Bedouins of Arabia. "The chief, or some un-breeched youngster of his family, comes up to us with the customary tefaddaloo, or do us the favor" ("Central and Eastern Arabia").

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A certain.

Proverbs 9:1,2 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars...

Isaiah 25:6,7 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees...

Jeremiah 31:12-14 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine...

Zechariah 10:7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yes, their children shall see it...

Matthew 22:2-14 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son...

bade.

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey...

Isaiah 55:1-7 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money; come you, buy, and eat...

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

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him...

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will...

Cross References
Proverbs 9:2
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

Matthew 22:2
"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,

Luke 14:17
And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'

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