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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 22:1-14

We have here the parable of the guests invited to the wedding-feast. In this it is said (Matt. 22:1), Jesus answered, not to what his opposers said (for they were put to silence), but to what they thought, when they were wishing for an opportunity to lay hands on him, Matt. 21:46. Note, Christ knows how to answer men's thoughts, for he is a Discerner of them. Or, He answered, that is, he continued his discourse to the same purport; for this parable represents the gospel offer, and the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 22:1-10

22:1-10 Jesus again answered them in parables: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like the situation which arose when a man who was a king arranged a wedding for his son. He sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding, and they refused to come. He again sent other servants. 'Tell those who have been invited,' he said, 'look you, I have my meal all prepared; my oxen and my specially fattened animals have been killed; and everything is ready. Come to the wedding.' But they... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 22:2

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king ,.... The Gospel dispensation which had now taken place, the methods of divine grace in it, and the behaviour of men under it, may be fitly illustrated by the following simile, or parable; the design of which is to express the great love of God the Father, who is represented by this certain king , in espousing any of the children of men to his own son: as, that he a king, who is the King of kings, and Lord of Lords, should concern himself... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 22:2

The kingdom of heaven - In Bereshith Rabba, sect. 62. fol. 60, there is a parable very similar to this, and another still more so in Sohar. Levit. fol. 40. But these rabbinical parables are vastly ennobled by passing through the hands of our Lord. It appears from Luke, Luke 14:15 ; etc., that it was at an entertainment that this parable was originally spoken. It was a constant practice of our Lord to take the subjects of his discourses from the persons present, or from the circumstances of... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 22:2

Verse 2 2.The kingdom of heaven is like a human king As it was long ago said by a Spartan, that the Athenians knew what was right, but did not choose to practice it; so Christ now brings it as a reproach against the Jews, that they gave utterance to beautiful expressions about the kingdom of God, but, when God kindly and gently invited them, they rejected his grace with disdain. There is no room to doubt that the discourse is expressly levelled against the Jews, as will more plainly appear a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 22:1-13

Excuses. I. One of the commonest excuses which men make to themselves for not accepting God's salvation is THE DESIRE TO MAKE SOME KIND OF PREPARATION FOR COMING TO CHRIST , "How can I come, who have no conviction of sin, no deep repentance, no earnestness?" But uniformly in God's Word salvation is offered to men as they are. " Now " is God's accepted time. And the reason is obvious. The salvation offered in Christ is the one thing that can make us any better.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 22:1-14

Parable of the marriage of the king ' s son. (Peculiar to St. Matthew.) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 22:1-14

The parable of the marriage feast. I. THE FIRST INVITATION . 1 . The King . This parable resembles the parable of the great supper in Luke 14:1-35 .; but it was delivered at a different time, under different circumstances. It differs also in its ending and in many of its details. It cannot possibly be, as some have thought, a mere variation of that parable. The King is God the Father, the Lord God omnipotent. He made a marriage for his Son. The marriage is the union between... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 22:1-14

The marriage feast. The opening of this parable reminds us of the feast of wisdom in the Book of Proverbs ( Proverbs 9:1-5 ). But there is an advance beyond the Old Testament ideas. Now the interest is no longer centred in the abstraction "wisdom," but the king and his son, representing God and Jesus Christ, make the feast one of supreme importance. So much the greater, then, must be the folly of those who decline to attend. I. THE ROYAL PREPARATIONS . Much must be done to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 22:1-14

The invitations of the gospel. The priests and elders having left in a rage, Jesus continued his discourse, addressing the people. This parable brings before us the invitation of the gospel, first to the Jew, and then also to the Gentile. Consider— I. THE INVITATION SPECIAL TO THE JEW . 1 . The blessings of the gospel are presented under the similitude of a marriage feast. 2 . Prophets and apostles are the King ' s messengers. 3 . But the favoured people... read more

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