Luke 14:17
New International Version
At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'

New Living Translation
When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come, the banquet is ready.'

English Standard Version
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.’

Berean Study Bible
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

Berean Literal Bible
And at the hour of the supper, he sent his servant to say to those having been invited, 'Come, for now it is ready.'

New American Standard Bible
and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.'

King James Bible
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

Christian Standard Bible
At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, 'Come, because everything is now ready.'

Contemporary English Version
When the banquet was ready, he sent a servant to tell the guests, "Everything is ready! Please come."

Good News Translation
When it was time for the feast, he sent his servant to tell his guests, 'Come, everything is ready!'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At the time of the banquet, he sent his slave to tell those who were invited, Come, because everything is now ready.'

International Standard Version
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, 'Come! Everything is now ready.'

NET Bible
At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, because everything is now ready.'

New Heart English Bible
And he sent his servant at the hour for supper to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“He sent his servant at the time of the supper to say to those who were invited, 'Behold, everything is ready for you; Come.' “

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, 'Come! Everything is ready now.'

New American Standard 1977
and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
and sent his slave at supper time to say to those that were called, Come, for all things are now ready.

King James 2000 Bible
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

American King James Version
And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

American Standard Version
and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent his servant at the hour of supper to say to them that were invited, that they should come, for now all things are ready.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sent his bondman at the hour of supper to say to those who were invited, Come, for already all things are ready.

English Revised Version
and he sent forth his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

Webster's Bible Translation
And sent his servant at supper-time, to say to them that were invited, Come, for all things are now ready.

Weymouth New Testament
At dinner-time he sent his servant to announce to those who had been invited, "'Come, for things are now ready.'

World English Bible
He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, 'Come, for everything is ready now.'

Young's Literal Translation
and he sent his servant at the hour of the supper to say to those having been called, Be coming, because now are all things ready.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
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.’ 18But one after another, they all began to make excuses. The first one said, ‘I have bought a field and I need to go see it. Please excuse me.’…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:2
She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table.

Luke 14:16
But Jesus replied, "A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests.

Luke 14:18
But one after another, they all began to make excuses. The first one said, 'I have bought a field and I need to go see it. Please excuse me.'

Treasury of Scripture

And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

his.

Luke 3:4-6
As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…

Luke 9:1-5
Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases…

Luke 10:1
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Come.

Matthew 11:27-29
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him

Matthew 22:3,4
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come…

John 7:37
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.







Lexicon
[When it was]
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

time
ὥρᾳ (hōra)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5610: Apparently a primary word; an 'hour'.

for the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

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

he sent
ἀπέστειλεν (apesteilen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

servant
δοῦλον (doulon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

to tell
εἰπεῖν (eipein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

those
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

who had been invited,
κεκλημένοις (keklēmenois)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

‘Come,
Ἔρχεσθε (Erchesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

for
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

[everything] is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

now
ἤδη (ēdē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2235: Already; now at length, now after all this waiting. Apparently from e and de; even now.

ready.’
ἕτοιμά (hetoima)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2092: Ready, prepared. From an old noun heteos; adjusted, i.e. Ready.
(17) And sent his servant.--The servant stands in this parable as the representative of the whole order of prophets and apostles--of all who, like the Baptist and the Twelve, had been sent to invite men to the Kingdom. "The time of supper" is, in the primary application, the time of our Lord's coming, when the Kingdom of Heaven was first proclaimed as nigh at hand. All things--pardon, peace, blessedness--were now ready for those who would accept them.

Verses 17-20. - Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The excuses, viewed as a whole, are paltry, and "if," as it has been well said, "as a mere story of natural life it seems highly improbable, it is because men's conduct with regard to the Divine kingdom is not according to right reason... The excuses are all of the nature of pretexts, not one of them being a valid reason for non-attendance at the feast." The fact was, the invited were pleased to be invited, but there the matter ended with them. The banquet, which they were proud to have been asked to share in, had no influence upon their everyday lives. They made their engagements for pleasure and for business without the least regard to the day or the hour of the banquet: indeed, they treated it with perfect indifference. The key to the parable is easily found. The Jews were "solemn triflers in the matter of religion. They were under invitation to enter the kingdom, and they did not assume the attitude of men who avowedly cared nothing for it. On the contrary, they were pleased to think that its privileges were theirs in offer, and even gave themselves credit for setting a high value on them. But in truth they did not. The kingdom of God had not by any means the first place in their esteem. They were men who talked much about the kingdom of heaven, yet cared little for it; who were very religious, yet very worldly - a class of which too many specimens exist in every age" (Professor Bruce, 'Parabolic Teaching'). I have bought a piece of ground... I have bought five yoke of oxen... I have married a wife, etc. These excuses, of course, by no means exhaust all possible cases. They simply represent examples of usual everyday causes of indifference to the kingdom of God. To all these excuses one thing is common - in each a present good is esteemed above the heavenly offer; in other words, temporal good is valued higher than spiritual. The three excuses may be classed under the following heads.

(1) The attraction of property of different kinds, the absorbing delight of possessing earthly goods.

(2) The occupations of business, the pleasure of increasing the store, of adding coin to coin, or field to field.

(3) Social ties, whether at home or abroad, whether in general society or in the home circle; for even in the latter case it is too possible for family and domestic interests so completely to fill the heart as to leave no room there for higher and more unselfish aims, no place for any grander hopes than the poor narrow home-life affords. The primary application of all this was to the Jews of the Lord's own time. It was spoken, we must remember, to a gathering of the Rite of the Israel of his day. In the report of the servant detailing to the master the above-recorded excuses, it has been beautifully said, "we may hear the echo of the sorrowful lamentation uttered by Jesus over the hardening of the Jews during his long nights of prayer." The invitation to the feast was neglected by the learned and the powerful among the people. 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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