And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:…
The framework of the parable probably pre-supposes the Oriental custom of providing garments for the guests who were invited to a royal feast. Wardrobes tilled with many thousand garments formed part of the wealth of every Eastern prince (Matthew 6:19; James 5:2), and it was part of his glory, as in the case of the assembly which Jehu held for the worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:22), to bring -them out for use on state occasions. On this assumption, the act of the man who was found " not having a wedding garment" was one of wilful insult. He came in the "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6), of his old life, instead of putting on the "white linen " meet for a kingly feast (Ecclesiastes 9:8; Revelation 3:4, 5), which had been freely offered him.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: