Luke 14:16

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

Luke 14:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 Then said he unto him,A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 Jesus followed up. "Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 But he said unto him, A certain man made a great supper; and he bade many:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 Jesus said to him, "A man gave a large banquet and invited many people.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 Then He told him: "A man was giving a large banquet and invited many.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 Jesus replied, "A certain man was preparing a big dinner. He invited many guests.

Luke 14:16 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 14:16

Then said he unto him
That is, Jesus, as the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions express it; he said to the man that was so affected with the happiness of such that shall share in the provisions of the Messiah's kingdom;

a certain man made a great supper:
by which is meant not the Lord's supper, which was not as yet instituted; nor the supper of the Lamb, which will be at the end of the world; but the Gospel dispensation, which was now taking place, and the provisions of it in the word and ordinances: and which is called a "supper"; because made in the end of the world, in the last days: and a "great" one, because of the maker of it, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; and the matter of it, a variety of rich provisions, a feast of fat things, an entertainment consisting of the greatest dainties, and most delightful food; and on account of the number of the guests invited, all people, every creature, to whom the outward ministration of the Gospel comes; and those who are properly guests that come, are a great number which no man can number; as well as because of the cost and charges of it to the maker, though it is all free to the guests; and likewise because of the circumstances of exceeding great joy and pleasure that attend it; to which may be added, the long duration of it, even from the first to the second coming of Christ.

And bade many.
This first bidding more especially respects the Jews, who are said to be "many", in reference to the promise made to Abraham, that his seed should be as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand of the sea; and to set off the magnificence of the feast; and in distinction from all the world, and every creature, which were afterwards put into the Gospel commission: a foundation was laid for this supper in eternity, in the purposes, counsel, and covenant of God; and many prophecies concerning it were given out from the beginning; and sacrifices and ordinances were instituted, as emblematical of it, and to lead on to it, and give notice of it.

Luke 14:16 In-Context

14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
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