New American Standard Bible
"And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
King James Bible
And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Darby Bible Translation
and sent his bondmen to call the persons invited to the wedding feast, and they would not come.
World English Bible
and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come.
Young's Literal Translation
and he sent forth his servants to call those having been called to the marriage-feasts, and they were not willing to come.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And sent forth his servants - These represent the messengers that God has sent to invite people to his kingdom.
To call them that were bidden - That is, to give notice to those who had before been invited that the feast was ready. It appears that there were two invitations - one considerably previous to the time of the feast, that they might have opportunity to prepare for it, and the other to give notice of the precise time when they were expected.
The wedding - The marriage-feast. The same word in the original as in Matthew 22:2.
They would not come - They might have come if they had chosen, but they would not. So all the difficulty that sinners ever labour under in regard to salvation is in the will. It is a fixed determination not to come and be saved. See the notes at John 5:45.
LibraryTwo Ways of Despising God's Feast
'And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3. And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 6. But they made light of it, and went their …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xxii. 42, Where the Lord Asks the Jews Whose Son they Said David Was.
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She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:
And Jesus said to them, "The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
"When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.
For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
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