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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 14:18

And they all with one consent began to make excuse ,.... Or, "they all together", as the Vulgate Latin version, באחת , "in one", or "at once": in Jeremiah 10:8 rendered "altogether"; and so the Ethiopic version, which adds, "with one voice": but their words and language were not the same: their excuses are differently expressed. Some render απο μιας , "from one hour": or the selfsame hour; immediately, directly, as soon as ever they were bidden, they began to frame excuses; they at... 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 14:17-20

Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse . The excuses, viewed as a whole, are paltry, and "if," as it has been well said, "as a mere story of natural life it seems highly improbable, it is because men's conduct with regard to the Divine kingdom is not according to right reason … The excuses are all of the nature of pretexts, not one of them being a valid reason for non-attendance at the feast." The fact was, the invited were pleased to be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Luke 14:18

Excusing ourselves. There are two things which seem as if they could not exist together, but which we continually confront. One is the felt obligation and value of religion, and the other is the mournful commonness of irreligion. Where shall we find an explanation of the coexistence of these two things? We find it in the habit of self-excuse. With one consent men excuse themselves. Now, an excuse is one of two things. I. A PRETEXT which men invent, so as to shun, without... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 14:18

I have bought a piece of ground - Perhaps he had purchased it on condition that he found it as good as it had been represented to him.I must needs go - I have necessity, or am obliged to go and see it; possibly pleading a contract or an agreement that he would go soon and examine it. However, we may learn from this that sinners sometimes plead that they are under a “necessity” to neglect the affairs of religion. The affairs of the world, they pretend, are so pressing that they cannot find time... read more

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