New International Version
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
King James Bible
Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Darby Bible Translation
Then he says to his bondmen, The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy;
World English Bible
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy.
Young's Literal Translation
then saith he to his servants, The marriage-feast indeed is ready, and those called were not worthy,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Were not worthy - Because they made light of it, and would not come; preferring earthly things to heavenly blessings. Among the Mohammedans, refusal to come to a marriage feast, when invited, is considered a breach of the law of God. Hedayah, vol. iv. p. 91. Any one that shall be invited to a dinner, and does not accept the invitation, disobeys God, and his messenger: and any one who comes uninvited, you may say is a thief, and returns a plunderer. - Mischat ul Mesabih. It was probably considered in this light among all the oriental nations. This observation is necessary, in order to point out more forcibly the iniquity of the refusal mentioned in the text. A man may be said to be worthy of, or fit for, this marriage feast, when, feeling his wretchedness and misery, he comes to God in the way appointed, to get an entrance into the holiest, by the blood of Jesus.
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Eversley, 1869. Chester Cathedral, 1872. Matthew xxii. 21. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." Many a sermon has been preached, and many a pamphlet written, on this text, and (as too often has happened to Holy Scripture), it has been made to mean the most opposite doctrines, and twisted in every direction, to suit men's opinions and superstitions. Some have found in it a command to obey tyrants, invaders, any and every government, …
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On the Same Words of the Gospel, Matt. xxii. 42
The Heavenly Banquet.
Profession and Practice.
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'
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