Luke 14:23
New International Version
"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

New Living Translation
So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.

English Standard Version
And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

Berean Study Bible
So the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

Berean Literal Bible
And the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.

New American Standard Bible
"And 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.

King James Bible
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Christian Standard Bible
"Then the master told the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.

Contemporary English Version
His master then told him, "Go out along the back roads and make people come in, so my house will be full.

Good News Translation
So the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then the master told the slave, Go out into the highways and lanes and make them come in, so that my house may be filled.

International Standard Version
Then the master told the servant, 'Go out into the streets and the lanes and make the people come in, so that my house may be full.

NET Bible
So the master said to his slave, 'Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.

New Heart English Bible
"The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And the owner said to his servant, 'Go out to the streets and to the place of hedges and compel them to enter, that my house may be filled.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the master told his servant, 'Go to the roads and paths! Urge the people to come to my house. I want it to be full.

New American Standard 1977
“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the lord said unto the slave, Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled.

King James 2000 Bible
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

American King James Version
And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

American Standard Version
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to the servant: Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Darby Bible Translation
And the lord said to the bondman, Go out into the ways and fences and compel to come in, that my house may be filled;

English Revised Version
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Weymouth New Testament
"'Go out,' replied the master, 'to the high roads and hedge-rows, and compel the people to come in, so that my house may be filled.

World English Bible
"The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Young's Literal Translation
'And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
22‘Sir,’ the servant replied, ‘what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ 23So the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and the hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24For I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will taste my banquet.’”…
Cross References
Matthew 5:41
and if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

Luke 14:22
Sir,' the servant replied, 'what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.'

Luke 14:24
For I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will taste my banquet.'"

Treasury of Scripture

And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Go.

Psalm 98:3
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 11:10
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Isaiah 19:24,25
In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: …

compel.

Luke 24:29
But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

Genesis 19:2,3
And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night…

Psalm 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.







Lexicon
[So]
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine 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.

master
κύριος (kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

told
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.

[his]
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine 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.

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.

‘Go out
Ἔξελθε (Exelthe)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1831: To go out, come out. From ek and erchomai; to issue.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

the
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine 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.

highways
ὁδοὺς (hodous)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3598: A way, road, journey, path. Apparently a primary word; a road; by implication, a progress; figuratively, a mode or means.

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

[the] hedges
φραγμοὺς (phragmous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5418: A hedge, fence, partition. From phrasso; a fence, or inclosing barrier.

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

compel [them]
ἀνάγκασον (anankason)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 315: To force, compel, constrain, urge. From anagke; to necessitate.

to come in,
εἰσελθεῖν (eiselthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

house
οἶκος (oikos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.

will be full.
γεμισθῇ (gemisthē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1072: To fill, load. Transitive from gemo; to fill entirely.
(23) The highways and hedges.--In the frame-work of the parable, this points to a yet lower class of the population of an Eastern country--to the tramps and the squatters who had no home, and who were content to sleep under the shelter of a hedge or fence. For the most part, these were low walls or palisades, rather than hedges in the English sense of the word. In the application of the parable, the men thus brought in can hardly be any other than the wanderers of the outlying Gentile world.

Compel them to come in.--It would have seemed all but incredible, had it not been too painfully and conspicuously true, that men could have seen in these words a sanction to the employment of force and pains and penalties as means of converting men to the faith of Christ. To us it seems almost a truism to say that such means may produce proselytes and hypocrites, but cannot possibly produce converts. There is, of course, something that answers to this "compulsion" in the work of Christian preachers, but the weapons of their warfare are not carnal (2Corinthians 10:4), and the constraint which they bring to bear on men is that of "the love of Christ" (2Corinthians 5:14) The only instances of the other kind of compulsion in the Apostolic age are when Saul "compelled" men and women to blaspheme (Acts 26:11), or the Judaisers "compelled" Gentile converts to be circumcised (Galatians 2:14; Galatians 6:12).

That my house may be filled.--It is obvious that we cannot introduce space-limits into the interpretation of the parable. The gates of the Father's house are open for evermore, and in its "many mansions" (John 14:2) there is, and ever will be, room for all who come.

Verse 23. - And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges. Hitherto the parable-story has been dealing with the past and the present of Israel; it now becomes prophetic, and speaks of a state of things to be. The third series of invitations is not addressed to inhabitants of a city. No walls hem in these far-scattered dwellers among the highways and hedges of the world. This time the master of the house asks to his great banquet those who live in the isles of the Gentiles. And compel them to some in. A greater pressure is put on this class of outsiders than was tried upon the favoured first invited. The indifferent ones were left to themselves. They knew, or professed to know and to appreciate, the nature of that feast in heaven, the invitation to which they treated apparently with so much honour, and really with such contempt. But these outsiders the Divine Host would treat differently. To them the notion of a pitying, loving God was quite a strange thought; these must be compelled - must be brought to him with the gentle force which the angels used when they laid hold of the hand of lingering Lot, and brought him out of the doomed city of the plain. Thus faithful men, intensely convinced of the truth of their message, compel others, by the bright earnestness of their words and life, to join the company of those who are going up to the feast above. Anselm thinks that God may be also said to compel men to come in when he drives them by calamities to seek and find refuge with him and in his Church. That my house may be filled. In ver. 22 the servant, who knew well his master's mind and his master's house too, and its capabilities, tells his lord how, after many had accepted the invitation and were gone in to the banquet, "yet there was room." The master of the house, approving his servant's words, confirms them by repeating, "Bring in more andyet more, that my house may be filled." Bengel comments here with his quaint grace in words to which no translation can do justice: "Nee natura nec gratis patitur vacuum." Our God, with his burning love for souls, will never bear to contemplate a half-empty heaven. "Messiah will see of the travail of his soul, and be satisfied." "The love of God," says Godet, "is great; it requires a multitude of guests; it will not have a seat empty. The number of the elect is, as it were, determined beforehand by the riches of the Divine glory, which cannot find complete reflection without a certain number of human beings. The invitation will, therefore, be continued, and consequently the history of our race prolonged, until that number be reached." 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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