Matthew 22:3
New International Version
He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

New Living Translation
When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!

English Standard Version
and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.

Berean Study Bible
He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come.

Berean Literal Bible
And he sent his servants to call those having been invited to the wedding feast--and they were not willing to come.

New American Standard Bible
"And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.

King James Bible
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Christian Standard Bible
He sent his servants to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn't want to come.

Contemporary English Version
The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests refused.

Good News Translation
He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn't want to come.

International Standard Version
He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come.

NET Bible
He sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come.

New Heart English Bible
and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he sent his servants to call those invited to the wedding feast, and they chose not to come.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come.

New American Standard 1977
“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and sent forth his slaves to call those that were invited to the wedding, and they would not come.

King James 2000 Bible
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

American King James Version
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

American Standard Version
and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come.

Darby Bible Translation
and sent his bondmen to call the persons invited to the wedding feast, and they would not come.

English Revised Version
and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come.

Webster's Bible Translation
And sent his servants to call them that were invited to the wedding: and they would not come.

Weymouth New Testament
and sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding, but they were unwilling to come.

World English Bible
and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.

Young's Literal Translation
and he sent forth his servants to call those having been called to the marriage-feasts, and they were not willing to come.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come. 4Again, he sent other servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fatlings have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:3
She has sent out her maidservants; she calls out from the heights of the city:

Matthew 9:15
Jesus replied, "How can the attendants of the bridegroom mourn while He is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast.

Matthew 21:34
When the harvest time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his share of the crop.

Hebrews 9:15
Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Treasury of Scripture

And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

sent.

Matthew 3:2
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:6,7
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel…

Psalm 68:11
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

that.

1 Samuel 9:13
As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.

Zephaniah 1:7
Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

and they would not.

Matthew 23:37
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Psalm 81:10-12
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it…

Proverbs 1:24-32
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; …







Lexicon
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.

servants
δούλους (doulous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

to call
καλέσαι (kalesai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

those
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative 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.

he had invited
κεκλημένους (keklēmenous)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2564: (a) I call, summon, invite, (b) I call, name. Akin to the base of keleuo; to 'call'.

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

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative 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.

banquet,
γάμους (gamous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1062: A marriage, wedding, wedding-ceremony; plur: a wedding-feast. Of uncertain affinity; nuptials.

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

they refused
ἤθελον (ēthelon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2309: To will, wish, desire, be willing, intend, design.

to come.
ἐλθεῖν (elthein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.
(3) Sent forth his servants.--As in the parable of the Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46), the servants represent the aggregate work of the prophets up to the time of the Baptist. The refusal of guests invited to what seems to us so great an honour may seem, at first sight, so contrary to human nature as to be wanting in the element of dramatic probability. That refusal, however, would be natural enough, we must remember, in subjects who were in heart rebellious and disloyal; and it is precisely that character which the parable was intended to portray. The summons, it may be noted, came in the first instance to those who had long ago been "bidden" to the wedding. The proclamation of the kingdom was addressed to the Jews, who, as such, had all along been children of the kingdom.

Verse 3. - Sent forth his servants. In the East, the original invitation to a solemn festivity is followed by reminders as the day approaches (comp. Esther 5:8; Esther 6:14). The servants here are John the Baptist, the twelve apostles, the seventy, who first preached the gospel to the Jewish people. Them that were bidden. The Jews had already been invited to come in; to them already belonged "the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants... and the promises" (Romans 9:1). These early missionaries were sent to bring such things to their remembrance, and to bid them obey the call. They would not (οὐκ ἤθελον) come. Their reasons for refusal are not given here - a fact which differentiates this parable from that of the great supper. A general disinclination or aversion is denoted; no actual outrage is perpetrated as yet, but the invited guests are ripening for this stage, in that they despise the King's Son, and believe not in his Divine mission. This backwardness and obduracy recall Christ's lamentation, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem!" (Luke 13:34, 35). 22:1-14 The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel, is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food, but a royal feast, for the perishing souls of his rebellious creatures. There is enough and to spare, of every thing that can add to our present comfort and everlasting happiness, in the salvation of his Son Jesus Christ. The guests first invited were the Jews. When the prophets of the Old Testament prevailed not, nor John the Baptist, nor Christ himself, who told them the kingdom of God was at hand, the apostles and ministers of the gospel were sent, after Christ's resurrection, to tell them it was come, and to persuade them to accept the offer. The reason why sinners come not to Christ and salvation by him, is, not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ, and of the great salvation wrought out by him, is the damning sin of the world. They were careless. Multitudes perish for ever through mere carelessness, who show no direct aversion, but are careless as to their souls. Also the business and profit of worldly employments hinder many in closing with the Saviour. Both farmers and merchants must be diligent; but whatever we have of the world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ. The utter ruin coming upon the Jewish church and nation, is here represented. Persecution of Christ's faithful ministers fills up the measure of guilt of any people. The offer of Christ and salvation to the Gentiles was not expected; it was such a surprise as it would be to wayfaring men, to be invited to a royal wedding-feast. The design of the gospel is to gather souls to Christ; all the children of God scattered abroad, Joh 10:16; 11:52. The case of hypocrites is represented by the guest that had not on a wedding-garment. It concerns all to prepare for the scrutiny; and those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, who have a Christian temper of mind, who live by faith in Christ, and to whom he is all in all, have the wedding-garment. The imputed righteousness of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit, are both alike necessary. No man has the wedding-garment by nature, or can form it for himself. The day is coming, when hypocrites will be called to account for all their presumptuous intruding into gospel ordinances, and usurpation of gospel privileges. Take him away. Those that walk unworthy of Christianity, forfeit all the happiness they presumptuously claimed. Our Saviour here passes out of the parable into that which it teaches. Hypocrites go by the light of the gospel itself down to utter darkness. Many are called to the wedding-feast, that is, to salvation, but few have the wedding-garment, the righteousness of Christ, the sanctification of the Spirit. Then let us examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and seek to be approved by the King.
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