Matthew 22:14
New International Version
"For many are invited, but few are chosen."

New Living Translation
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

English Standard Version
For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Berean Study Bible
For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Berean Literal Bible
For many are called, but few chosen."

New American Standard Bible
"For many are called, but few are chosen."

New King James Version
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

King James Bible
For many are called, but few are chosen.

Christian Standard Bible
"For many are invited, but few are chosen."

Contemporary English Version
Many are invited, but only a few are chosen.

Good News Translation
And Jesus concluded, "Many are invited, but few are chosen."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"For many are invited, but few are chosen."

International Standard Version
because many are invited, but few are chosen."

NET Bible
For many are called, but few are chosen."

New Heart English Bible
For many are called, but few chosen."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For the called are many and the chosen are few.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Therefore, many are invited, but few of those are chosen to stay."

New American Standard 1977
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

King James 2000 Bible
For many are called, but few are chosen.

American King James Version
For many are called, but few are chosen.

American Standard Version
For many are called, but few chosen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For many are called, but few are chosen.

Darby Bible Translation
For many are called ones, but few chosen ones.

English Revised Version
For many are called, but few chosen.

Webster's Bible Translation
For many are called, but few are chosen.

Weymouth New Testament
"For there are many called, but few chosen."

World English Bible
For many are called, but few chosen."

Young's Literal Translation
for many are called, and few chosen.'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
13Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.” 15Then the Pharisees went out and conspired to trap Jesus in His words.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:22
If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

Matthew 24:24
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you practice these things you will never stumble,

Revelation 17:14
They will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and He will be accompanied by His called and chosen and faithful ones."

Treasury of Scripture

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 7:13,14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: …

Matthew 20:16
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Luke 13:23,24
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, …









Lexicon
For
γάρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

many
Πολλοὶ (Polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

are
εἰσιν (eisin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

called,
κλητοὶ (klētoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2822: From the same as klesis; invited, i.e. Appointed, or, a saint.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

few [are]
ὀλίγοι (oligoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3641: Puny; especially neuter somewhat.

chosen.”
ἐκλεκτοί (eklektoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1588: From eklegomai; select; by implication, favorite.
(14) Many are called.--(See Note on Matthew 20:16.) The "calling" answers, both verbally and in substance, to the "bidding" or invitation of the parable. The "chosen" are those who both accept the invitation and comply with its condition; those who, in the one parable, work in the vineyard, and in the other, array themselves with the wedding garment of holiness. The "choice," as far as the parable is concerned, appears as dependent upon the answer given to the calling. The further truth of an election "according to the foreknowledge of God the Father" (1Peter 1:2) is not here within view, but it follows necessarily on the assumption of that foreknowledge. The "choice," which in the parable comes as the close of all, must be thought of as having been present to the mind of the All-knowing from all eternity. No one can fix time limits for the thoughts of God, and say that at such a time a purpose came into His mind as it comes into the minds of men. We are compelled in such matters to use anthropomorphic language, but we should remember, as we do so, its necessary limitations.

Verse 14. - Many are called...chosen. The rejected guest is a type of a numerous class (see Matthew 20:6). All the Jews had first been called; then all the Gentiles; many were they who obeyed not the call; and of those who did come in, many were not of the inner election, of those, that is, whose life and character were worthy of the Christian name, showing the graces of faith, holiness, and love. Applying the parable generally, Origen (ap. I. Williams) says, "If any one will observe the populous congregations, and inquire how many there are who live a better kind of life, and are being transformed in the renewing of their mind; and how many who are careless in their conversation and conformed to this world, he will perceive the use of this voice of our Saviour's, 'Many are called, but few chosen;' and in another place it has been said, 'Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able' (Luke 13:24); and, 'Strive earnestly to enter in by the narrow gate; for few there be that find it' (Matthew 7:13, 14)."
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