New American Standard Bible
But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;
King James Bible
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
Darby Bible Translation
And he said to him, A certain man made a great supper and invited many.
World English Bible
But he said to him, "A certain man made a great supper, and he invited many people.
Young's Literal Translation
and he said to him, 'A certain man made a great supper, and called many,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A great supper - Or great feast. It is said to be "great" on account of the number who were invited.
Bade many - Invited many beforehand. There is little difficulty in understanding this parable. The man who made the supper is, without doubt, designed to represent God; the supper, the provisions which he has made for the salvation of people; and the invitation, the offers which he made to people, particularly to the Jews, of salvation. See a similar parable explained in the notes at Matthew 22:1-14.
LibraryThe Rash Builder
Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?'--LUKE xiv. 28. Christ sought for no recruits under false pretences, but rather discouraged than stimulated light-hearted adhesion. His constant effort was to sift the crowds that gathered round Him. So here great multitudes are following Him, and how does He welcome them? Does He lay Himself out to attract them? Luke tells us that He turned and faced the following …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xiv. 16, "A Certain Man Made a Great Supper," Etc.
The Writings of St. Augustin.
Epistle xxxiii. To Mauricius Augustus.
She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table;
"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.'
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