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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Luke 14:15-24

Here is another discourse of our Saviour?s, in which he spiritualizes the feast he was invited to, which is another way of keeping up good discourse in the midst of common actions. I. The occasion of the discourse was given by one of the guests, who, when Christ was giving rules about feasting, said to him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15), which, some tell us, was a saying commonly used among the rabbin. 1. But with what design does this man bring it in... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Luke 14:15-24

14:15-24 When one of those who were sitting at table with Jesus heard this, he said, "Happy is the man who eats bread in the kingdom of God." Jesus said to him, "There was a man who made a great banquet, and who invited many people to it. At the time of the banquet he sent his servants to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, because everything is now ready.' With one accord they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 14:16

Then said he unto him ,.... That is, Jesus, as the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions express it; he said to the man that was so affected with the happiness of such that shall share in the provisions of the Messiah's kingdom; a certain man made a great supper : by which is meant not the Lord's supper, which was not as yet instituted; nor the supper of the Lamb, which will be at the end of the world; but the Gospel dispensation, which was now taking place, and the provisions of it in... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 14:16-24

A certain man made a great supper, etc. - See a similar parable to this, though not spoken on the same occasion, explained, Matthew 22:1-14 ; (note). 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 14:15-24

In reply to an observation of one of the guests, Jesus relates the parable of the great supper, in which he shows how few really cared for the joys of God ' s kingdom in the world to come. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:16

Then said he unto him . The parable with which the great Teacher answered the guest's remark contains much and varied teaching for all ages of the Church, but in the first instance it replies to the speaker's words. "Yes," said the Master, "blessed indeed are they who sit down at the heavenly feast. You think you are one of those whom the King of heaven has invited to the banquet; what have you done, though, with the invitation? I know many who have received it who have simply tossed it... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 14:16

A great supper - Or great feast. It is said to be “great” on account of the number who were invited.Bade many - Invited many beforehand. There is little difficulty in understanding this parable. The man who made the supper is, without doubt, designed to represent God; the supper, the provisions which he has made for the salvation of people; and the invitation, the offers which he made to people, particularly to the Jews, of salvation. See a similar parable explained in the notes at Matthew... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 14:16-17

Luke 14:16-17. Then said he, A certain man, &c. He delivered the following parable to show the person who made the remark, and others, that how great soever the happiness would be of those who should share the blessings of the Messiah’s kingdom, yet that many, who, under mistaken notions of it, professed to desire it, were under the force of such carnal prejudices that, though it would be offered to them with every circumstance that would recommend it, they would in fact slight, yea,... read more

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