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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 14:7-14

Our Lord Jesus here sets us an example of profitable edifying discourse at our tables, when we are in company with our friends. We find that when he had none but his disciples, who were his own family, with him at his table, his discourse with them was good, and to the use of edifying; and not only so, but when he was in company with strangers, nay, with enemies that watched him, he took occasion to reprove what he saw amiss in them, and to instruct them. Though the wicked were before him, he... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 14:12-14

14:12-14 Jesus said to the man who had invited him, "Whenever you give a dinner or a banquet, do not call your friends, or your brothers, or your kinsfolk or your rich neighbours, in case they invite you back again in return and you receive a repayment. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind. Then you will be happy, because they cannot repay you. You will receive your repayment at the resurrection of the righteous." Here is a searching passage,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 14:13

But when thou makest a feast ,.... An entertainment for others, a dinner, or a supper: call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind ; that is, the poor maimed, the poor lame, and the poor blind; otherwise it is possible that rich men may be maimed, lame, and blind; whereas these are not intended, but such who are in indigent circumstances, that stand in need of a meal, and to whom it is welcome. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 14:14

And thou shalt be blessed ,.... By God, with an increase of worldly substance, or with spiritual blessings, and with eternal glory and happiness; and by these poor objects, who will pray to God for a blessing upon such a kind benefactor: for they cannot recompense thee ; by inviting again to a like entertainment, as rich guests can do, and when they have done that there is nothing else to be expected; but such that entertain the poor can have no return from them, and yet a retaliation... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 14:14

For they cannot recompense thee - Because you have done it for God's sake only, and they cannot make you a recompense, therefore God will consider himself your debtor, and will recompense you in the resurrection of the righteous. There are many very excellent sayings among the rabbins on the excellence of charity. They produce both Job and Abraham as examples of a very merciful disposition. "Job, say they, had an open door on each of the four quarters of his house, that the poor, from... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 14:14

Verse 14 14.And thou shalt be blessed. Christ pronounces those to be blessed who exercise liberality without any expectation of earthly reward; for they manifestly look to God. Those who constantly keep in view their own advantage, or who are driven by the gale of popularity, have no right to expect a reward from God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:1-24

The great supper. The feast of which Christ, was partaking had been carefully prepared, and was an event of some consequence in the town. This may be inferred not only from the tone of the Lord's remarks, but also from the intimations of the evangelists. Thus from Luke 14:12 it appears that the Pharisee had gathered together the elite of the place, along with his more intimate friends and his kinsmen. From Luke 14:7 we learn that there had been an eager scramble on the part of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:1-24

Table-talk of Jesus. We have now brought before us an interesting conversation which Jesus had with certain guests at an entertainment in the house of "one of the chief Pharisees." It was a sabbath-day feast, indicating that sociality was not incompatible even with Jewish sabbath-keeping. Into the guest-chamber had come a poor man afflicted with the dropsy, and, to the compassionate eye of our Lord, he afforded an opportunity for a miracle of mercy. But, before performing it, he tests... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:7-14

At the Pharisee ' s feast. The Master ' s teaching on the subject of seeking the most honourable places. Who ought to be the guests at such feasts. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:12-14

Moderation; disinterestedness; patience. We find in these words of our Lord— I. THE CORRECTION OF A COMMON FAULT . Jesus Christ did not, indeed, intend to condemn outright all family or social gatherings of a festive character. He had already sanctioned these by his own presence. The idiomatic language, "do not, but," signifies, not a positive interdiction of the one thing, but the superiority of the other. Yet may we not find here a correction of social, festive... read more

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