Luke 14:16
New International Version
Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

New Living Translation
Jesus replied with this story: "A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.

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

Berean Study Bible
But Jesus replied, “A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests.

Berean Literal Bible
But He said to him, "A certain man was preparing a great supper, and invited many.

New American Standard Bible
But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;

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

Christian Standard Bible
Then he told him: "A man was giving a large banquet and invited many.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told him: A man once gave a great banquet and invited a lot of guests.

Good News Translation
Jesus said to him, "There was once a man who was giving a great feast to which he invited many people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He told him: "A man was giving a large banquet and invited many.

International Standard Version
Jesus told him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.

NET Bible
But Jesus said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests.

New Heart English Bible
But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to him, “A certain man made a great supper and he called many.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.

New American Standard 1977
But He said to him, “A certain man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper and called many

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he unto him, A certain man gave a great supper, and bade many:

American King James Version
Then said he to 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And 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.

World English Bible
But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to him, 'A certain man made a great supper, and called many,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
15When one of those reclining with Him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is everyone who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16But Jesus replied, “A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests. 17When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:2
She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

Matthew 22:2
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Luke 14:17
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'

Treasury of Scripture

Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

A certain.

Proverbs 9:1,2
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: …

Isaiah 25:6,7
And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined…

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, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all…

bade.

Song of Solomon 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; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

Isaiah 55:1-7
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price…

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







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

[Jesus] replied,
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“A certain
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

man
Ἄνθρωπός (Anthrōpos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

prepared
ἐποίει (epoiei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

a great
μέγα (mega)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

banquet
δεῖπνον (deipnon)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1173: A dinner, an afternoon or evening meal. From the same as dapane; dinner, i.e. The chief meal.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

invited
ἐκάλεσεν (ekalesen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

many [guests].
πολλούς (pollous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.
(16) A certain man made a great supper.--Historically this has the interest of being the first occurrence of the "feast" imagery in our Lord's teaching. Here, as with so many of His parables, it is suggested by the occasion. Afterwards, as in Matthew 22:1-13, it is reproduced in an altered and expanded form. Here, as there, the giver of the feast is God.

And bade many.--The sequel determines the primary application of the word to the Jewish people. But it need hardly be said that it admits of manifold secondary, or even tertiary, applications through the whole history of the many churches of Christendom.

Verse 16. - Then said he unto him. The parable with which the great Teacher answered the guest's remark contains much and varied teaching for all ages of the Church, but in the first instance it replies to the speaker's words. "Yes," said the Master, "blessed indeed are they who sit down at the heavenly feast. You think you are one of those whom the King of heaven has invited to the banquet; what have you done, though, with the invitation? I know many who have received it who have simply tossed it aside; are you of that number? Listen now to my story of the Divine banquet and of the invited thereto." A certain man made a great supper, and bade many. The kingdom of heaven, under the imagery of a great Banquet, was a picture well known to the Jews of that age. The guests in the Pharisee's house for the greater part were probably highly cultured men. At once they would grasp the meaning of the parable. They knew that the supper was heaven, and the Giver of the feast was God. The many - these were Israel, the long line of generations of the chosen people. So far strictly true, they thought; the Galilaean Teacher here is one with the rabbis of our Jerusalem schools. But, as Jesus proceeded, a puzzled, angry look would come upon the self-satisfied faces of Pharisee, scribe, and doctor; whispers would run round, "What means the Galilaean here?" 14:15-24 In this parable observe the free grace and mercy of God shining in the gospel of Christ, which will be food and a feast for the soul of a man that knows its own wants and miseries. All found some pretence to put off their attendance. This reproves the Jewish nation for their neglect of the offers of Christ's grace. It shows also the backwardness there is to close with the gospel call. The want of gratitude in those who slight gospel offers, and the contempt put upon the God of heaven thereby, justly provoke him. The apostles were to turn to the Gentiles, when the Jews refused the offer; and with them the church was filled. The provision made for precious souls in the gospel of Christ, has not been made in vain; for if some reject, others will thankfully accept the offer. The very poor and low in the world, shall be as welcome to Christ as the rich and great; and many times the gospel has the greatest success among those that labour under worldly disadvantages and bodily infirmities. Christ's house shall at last be filled; it will be so when the number of the elect is completed.
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