New American Standard Bible
"Another one said, 'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.'
King James Bible
And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
Darby Bible Translation
And another said, I have married a wife, and on this account I cannot come.
World English Bible
"Another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I can't come.'
Young's Literal Translation
and another said, A wife I married, and because of this I am not able to come.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I have married a wife ... - Our Saviour here doubtless intends to teach us that the love of earthly relatives and friends often takes off the affections from God, and prevents our accepting the blessings which he would bestow on us. This was the most trifling excuse of all; and we cannot but be amazed that "such" excuses are suffered to interfere with our salvation, and that people can be satisfied for "such" reasons to exclude themselves from the kingdom of God.
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.
"When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.
"Another one said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.'
"And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'
1 Corinthians 7:33
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,
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