New American Standard Bible
And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them,
King James Bible
And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke a parable to those that were invited, remarking how they chose out the first places, saying to them,
World English Bible
He spoke a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the best seats, and said to them,
Young's Literal Translation
And he spake a simile unto those called, marking how they were choosing out the first couches, saying unto them,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A parable - The word parable, here, means rather a "precept, an injunction." He gave a "rule or precept" about the proper manner of attending a feast, or about the humility which ought to be manifested on such occasions.
That were bidden - That were invited by the Pharisee. It seems that he had invited his friends to dine with him on that day.
When he marked - When he observed or saw.
Chief rooms - The word "rooms" here does not express the meaning of the original. It does not mean "apartments," but "the higher places" at the table; those which were nearest the head of the table and to him who had invited them. See the notes at Matthew 23:6. That this was the common character of the Pharisees appears from Matthew 23:6.
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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 …
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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.
For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
"They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,
"Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.
"Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,
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