Luke 14:18
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New International Version
"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'

King James Bible
And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

Darby Bible Translation
And all began, without exception, to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought land, and I must go out and see it; I pray thee hold me for excused.

World English Bible
They all as one began to make excuses. "The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'

Young's Literal Translation
'And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves: The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see it; I beg of thee, have me excused.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Sent his servant - Messengers are sent to invite the guests to a Hindoo feast; when not only relations, but all persons of the same division of caste in the neighborhood, are invited. A refusal to attend is considered as a great affront.

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Luke 20:4,5 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men...

Isaiah 28:12,13 To whom he said, This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear...

Isaiah 29:11,12 And the vision of all is become to you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying...

Jeremiah 5:4,5 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God...

Jeremiah 6:10,16,17 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen: behold...

Matthew 22:5,6 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise...

John 1:11 He came to his own, and his own received him not.

John 5:40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

Acts 13:45,46 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul...

Acts 18:5,6 And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ...

Acts 28:25-27 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word...

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Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth...

Luke 17:26-31 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man...

Luke 18:24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Matthew 24:38,39 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage...

1 Timothy 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts...

2 Timothy 4:4,10 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables...

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...

Library
October 26. "Go Out into the Highways and Compel them to Come In" (Luke xiv. 23).
"Go out into the highways and compel them to come in" (Luke xiv. 23). In the great parable in the fourteenth chapter of Luke, giving an account of the great supper an ancient lord prepared for his friends and neighbors, and to which, when they asked to be excused, he invited the halt and the lame from the city slums and the lepers from outside the gate, there is a significant picture and object lesson of the program of Christianity in this age. In the first place, it is obvious to every thoughtful
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Lessons of a Feast
'And it came to pass, as He went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath day, that they watched Him. 2. And, behold, there was a certain man before Him which had the dropsy. 3. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath day? 4. And they held their peace. And He took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5. And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

Cost of Discipleship must be Counted.
(Probably Peræa.) ^C Luke XIV. 25-35. ^c 25 Now there went with him great multitudes [he had hitherto spent but little time in Peræa, and the people were availing themselves of this opportunity to see and hear him]: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. ["Hateth," as used here, is an example of phenomenal speech,
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Increasing Progression of Enthusiasm and of Exaltation.
It is clear that such a religious society, founded solely on the expectation of the kingdom of God, must be in itself very incomplete. The first Christian generation lived almost entirely upon expectations and dreams. On the eve of seeing the world come to an end, they regarded as useless everything which only served to prolong it. Possession of property was interdicted.[1] Everything which attaches man to earth, everything which draws him aside from heaven, was to be avoided. Although several of
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

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

Luke 14:19
"Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'

Philippians 3:4
though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:

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