Matthew 22:8
New International Version
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.

New Living Translation
And he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren't worthy of the honor.

English Standard Version
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

Berean Study Bible
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy.

Berean Literal Bible
Then he says to his servants, 'Indeed the wedding feast is ready, but those having been invited were not worthy.

New American Standard Bible
"Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

King James Bible
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

Christian Standard Bible
"Then he told his servants, 'The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

Contemporary English Version
Then he said to the servants, "It is time for the wedding banquet, and the invited guests don't deserve to come.

Good News Translation
Then he called his servants and said to them, 'My wedding feast is ready, but the people I invited did not deserve it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Then he told his slaves, The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

International Standard Version
"Then he told his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

NET Bible
Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.

New Heart English Bible
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and those who were invited were not worthy.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the king said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited don't deserve the honor.

New American Standard 1977
“Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said to his slaves, The wedding is ready, but those who were called were not worthy.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy.

American King James Version
Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

American Standard Version
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he says to his bondmen, The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy;

English Revised Version
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he saith to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy.

Weymouth New Testament
Then he said to his servants, "'The wedding banquet is ready, but those who were invited were unworthy of it.

World English Bible
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.

Young's Literal Translation
then saith he to his servants, The marriage-feast indeed is ready, and those called were not worthy,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
7The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’…
Cross References
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 22:7
The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city.

Matthew 22:9
Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.'

Treasury of Scripture

Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

The wedding.

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Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

2 Thessalonians 1:5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that …

Revelation 3:4 You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their …

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …







Lexicon
Then
τότε (tote)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5119: Then, at that time. From ho and hote; the when, i.e. At the time that.

he said
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

to
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.

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,
δούλοις (doulois)
Noun - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1401: (a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

‘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.

wedding banquet
γάμος (gamos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1062: A marriage, wedding, wedding-ceremony; plur: a wedding-feast. Of uncertain affinity; nuptials.

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.

ready,
ἕτοιμός (hetoimos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2092: Ready, prepared. From an old noun heteos; adjusted, i.e. Ready.

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

those
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative 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.

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

were
ἦσαν (ēsan)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

worthy.
ἄξιοι (axioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 514: Worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable. Probably from ago; deserving, comparable or suitable.
Verse 8. - Then saith he. This is supposed to take place after the destruction of the murderers and their city; and, indeed, the final rejection of the Jews and the substitution of the Gentiles were consummated by the overthrow of Jerusalem and the Hebrew polity. The wedding is ready. God's great design is not frustrated by the neglect of those first invited, only the guests are changed. Not worthy. Their unworthiness was proved by their rejection of the gracious call, as the worthiness of those subsequently called consisted in their acceptance thereof. The passage is well illustrated by the language of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:46, 47). 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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