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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sent his servant - An invitation had been sent before, but this servant was sent at the time that the supper was ready. From this it would seem that it was the custom to announce to those invited just the time when the feast was prepared. The custom here referred to still prevails in Palestine. Dr. Thomson ("The Land and the Book," vol. i. p. 178) says: "If a sheikh, beg, or emeer invites, he always sends a servant to call you at the proper time. This servant often repeats the very formula mentioned in Luke 14:17; Tefŭddŭlû, el 'asha hâder. Come, for the supper is ready. The fact that this custom is mainly confined to the wealthy and to the nobility is in strict agreement with the parable, where the certain man who made the great supper and bade many is supposed to be of this class. It is true now, as then, that to refuse is a high insult to the maker of the feast, nor would such excuses as those in the parable be more acceptable to a Druse emeer than they were to the lord of this 'great supper.'"
LibraryThe Rash Builder
Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?'--LUKE xiv. 28. Christ sought for no recruits under false pretences, but rather discouraged than stimulated light-hearted adhesion. His constant effort was to sift the crowds that gathered round Him. So here great multitudes are following Him, and how does He welcome them? Does He lay Himself out to attract them? Luke tells us that He turned and faced the following …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xiv. 16, "A Certain Man Made a Great Supper," Etc.
The Writings of St. Augustin.
Epistle xxxiii. To Mauricius Augustus.
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;
But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;
"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, 'I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.'
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