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Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Luke 14:1-24

100. In the house of a Pharisee (Luke 14:1-24)When Jesus visited the house of a prominent Pharisee on the Sabbath day, his critics were waiting to see if he would heal a sick man who was there. When Jesus asked them if healing on the Sabbath was lawful, they refused to answer. Jesus again pointed out the hypocrisy of those who would care for animals on the Sabbath but not for people (Luke 14:1-6).As mealtime approached, Jesus noticed some guests choosing the places of honour at the table. He... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Luke 14:9

place. Greek. topes. begin. Compare Proverbs 25:6 , Proverbs 25:7 . with . Greek. meta. App-104 . to take = to take (and keep in it). lowest = last. Greek eschatos room = place, as above. Compare Luke 14:22 with Luke 2:7 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Luke 14:9

And he that bade thee and him shall come and say to thee, Give this man place; and then thou shalt begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when thou art bidden, go and sit in the lowest place; that when he that hath bidden thee cometh, he may say to thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have glory in the presence of all that sit at meat with thee.It should be noted that in Luke 14:8 preceding, Jesus begins with the postulate of being invited to a "marriage feast"; and since the... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Luke 14:9

9. the lowest—not a lower merely [BENGEL]. with shame—"To be lowest is only ignominious to him who affects the highest" [BENGEL]. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 14:1-24

4. Participants in the kingdom 14:1-24This section contains the record of several incidents that happened when Jesus was the dinner guest of a leading Pharisee. Jesus had just announced that He would leave Jerusalem desolate (Luke 13:35). The present section justifies Jesus’ condemnation by showing that the root of Israel’s problems lay with her leaders, specifically the Pharisees. It also gives the rationale for Jesus excluding many Jews from the kingdom and admitting Gentiles (Luke 13:28-30). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 14:7-11

The parable of the seats at the wedding feast 14:7-11Jesus next gave the assembled guests a lesson on the importance of humility. By identifying this teaching as a parable (Luke 14:7) Luke informed his readers that the lesson has importance in people’s relationship to God, not just interpersonal relations. Jesus gave the parable originally to correct the pride of the Pharisees. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Luke 14:8-10

Jesus’ teaching from here on in this section centers on the concept of being invited (called, Gr. kaleo, Luke 14:8 [twice], 9, 10 [twice], 12 [twice], 13, 16, 17, 24).The meal in the Pharisee’s house was not a wedding feast. Jesus used that type of banquet in His parable because He was speaking of the messianic banquet at the beginning of the kingdom. Then Israel would unite with her Messiah. Evidently Jesus’ point was that the Jews present should learn a spiritual lesson about the kingdom from... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Luke 14:1-35

The Dropsical Man. The Great Supper. Divers Sayings and Parables1-6. The sabbath question again. The man with the dropsy healed (peculiar to Lk).1. To eat bread] So far from being abstemious on the sabbath, the Jews carried the pleasures of the table to excess. ’The Hebrews honour the sabbath chiefly by inviting each other to drinking and intoxication’ (Plutarch). ’Rabbah Abba bought flesh of thirteen butchers that he might be sure to taste the best, and paid them at the very gate, that he... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Luke 14:9

(9) And thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.—At first sight the words seem to suggest lower motives than those by which the disciples of Christ should regulate their lives—an artificial and calculating rather than a real humility. Three explanations may be given of what is a very real difficulty—(1) That all precepts bearing directly upon social ethics start naturally, as in the Book of Proverbs (from which the form of the teaching is, indeed, directly derived, comp. Proverbs 25:6-7),... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Luke 14:1-35

The Men Without a Sabbath Luke 14:3-6 The Lord delivered His primary challenge to the Jews through the Sabbath Day. It was, as it were, His gauge of battle, His test case. For His own personal significance turned on His relation to this Sabbath Day question. Not that in this He challenged the validity of the older Covenant. On the contrary, He always claimed the authority of the older Covenant on His own side. He appealed for His own justification to the principles established in the Law of... read more

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