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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 14:7-11

14:7-11 Jesus spoke a parable to the invited guests, for he noticed how they chose the first places at the table. "When you are bidden by someone to a marriage feast," he said. "do not take your place at table in the first scat, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited, for in that case the man who invited you will come and say to you, 'Give place to this man.' And then, with shame, you will begin to take the lowest place. But, when you have been invited, go and sit down... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Luke 14:9

And he that bade thee and him ,.... To the feast, and who is the master of it, and has a right to dispose of, and order his guests at his table, as he thinks fit: come and say to thee, give this man place ; pray rise up, and give this honourable man this seat, which is more suitable for a person of his rank and figure, and take another: and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room ; or place, which must unavoidably fill a man with shame and confusion; because hereby his pride... 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 14:7-11

Christ's word on modesty. The remark which the conduct of these guests called forth from Christ suggests to us— I. OUR LORD 'S INTEREST IN THE HUMBLER DETAILS OF OUR DAILY LIFE . We might have imagined, judging antecedently, that the great Teacher would not concern himself with a matter so trivial as this; or that, if he did, we should not find a record of his remark in a narrative so brief as are our evangels. We know that he had occasion to rebuke the Pharisees... 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 14:8-9

When thou art hidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room . The pretensions and conceit of the Jewish doctors of the Law had been for a long period intolerable. We have repeated examples in the Talmud of the exaggerated estimate these, the scholars and doctors of the Law, formed of themselves, and of the respect they exacted from all classes of the community. One can well imagine the grave displeasure with which the Divine Teacher looked upon this unholy frame of mind,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Luke 14:8-9

Art bidden - Are invited.To a wedding - A wedding was commonly attended with a feast or banquet.The highest room - The seat at the table nearest the head.A more honourable man - A more aged man, or a man of higher rank. It is to be remarked that our Saviour did not consider the courtesies of life to be beneath his notice. His chief design here was, no doubt, to reprove the pride and ambition of the Pharisees; but, in doing it, he teaches us that religion does not violate the courtesies of life.... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Luke 14:7-11

Luke 14:7-11. And he put forth a parable The ensuing discourse is so termed, because several parts of it are not to be understood literally. To those which were bidden From this circumstance, that the guests were bidden, and from what is said, Luke 14:12, it appears that this was a great entertainment, to which many were invited: which renders it still more probable that the meeting was concerted, and the company chosen with a view to insnare Jesus. When he marked how they chose out the... read more

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