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Entertain

Entertain

Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public festival ( Deuteronomy 16:11 Deuteronomy 16:14 ), and accompanied by offerings ( 1 Samuel 9:13 ), in token of alliances ( Genesis 26:30 ); sometimes in connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of children ( Genesis 21:8 ), at weddings ( Genesis 29:22 ; John 2:1 ), on birth-days ( Matthew 14:6 ), at the time of sheep-shearing ( 2 Samuel 13:23 ), and of vintage ( Judges 9:27 ), and at funerals ( 2 Samuel 3:35 ; Jeremiah 16:7 ).

The guests were invited by servants ( Proverbs 9:3 ; Matthew 22:3 ), who assigned them their respective places ( 1 Samuel 9:22 ; Luke 14:8 ; Mark 12:39 ). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest ( 1 Samuel 1:4 ; 2 Sam 6:19 ), except when special honour was intended, when the portion was increased ( Genesis 43:34 ).

The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial entertainments ( Exodus 34:15 ), because these were in honour of false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to partake of unclean flesh ( 1 Corinthians 10:28 ).

In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians were warned ( Romans 13:13 ; Galatians 5:21 ; 1 Peter 4:3 ). (See BANQUET .)

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Entertain". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .