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6 And they could not answer him again to

these things.

7 ¶ And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden,3 when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,


8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

11 For 'whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

12 ¶Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren,' neither thy kinsmen, nor thy 'rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

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d LUKE, xiii. 17.

• PRO. xxv. 6, 7: Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

f 1 SAM. XV. 17: And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel? PRO. xv. 33: The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. See on MAT. xxiii. 12.

8 PRO. xxii. 16: He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

13 But when thou makest a feast, call the "poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be 'recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, * Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a 'great supper, and bade many :


17 And sent his servant at supper time to

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h NEH. viii. 10, 12: Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet,and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions. JOB, xxxi. 17: If I have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof. Tов. ii. 2: And when I saw abundance of meat, I said to my son, Go and bring what poor man whosoever thou shalt find out of our brethren, who is mindful of the LORD; and lo, I tarry for thee. do. iv. 7: Give alms of thy substance; and when thou givest alms, let not thine eye be envious, neither turn thy face from any poor, and the face of God shall not be turned away

from thee.

i MAT. XXV. 34, &e: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred, &c. JOHN, v. 29: They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. ACTS, xxiv. 15: There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

* See on LUKE, Xxii. 30.

ISA. xxv. 6, 7: In this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things-And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. MAT. xxii. 2: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.

m PRO. ix. 2,5: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

say to them that were bidden, "Come; for all things are now ready.

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse, The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it I pray thee have me excused.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee

have me excused.

20 And another said, I have 'married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

21 So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being 'angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in

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" Isa. lv. 1, 2: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

• MAT. xxii, 3: And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come, JOHN, i. 11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not. do. v. 40: Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

P MAT. xiii. 22: He also that received seed among thorns, is he that heareth the word: and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. LUKE, viii. 14: And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Ver, 26, 1 COR. vii. 33: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

Ps, ii. 12: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

REV. xxii. 17: And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

hither the 'poor, and the maimed, and the "halt, and the blind.


22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and TM compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.



24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

1 SAM. ii. 8: He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them. Ps. cxiii. 7, 8: He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. See on MAT. xi. 5.

u ISA. XXXV. 6: Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

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▾ Ps. cxxx. 7: Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. w 1 SAM. xxviii. 23: He [Saul] refused, and said, I will not eat; but his servants, together with the women, compelled him, and he hearkened unto their voice. Ps. cx. 3: Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 2 COR. v. 11, 20: Knowing therefore the terror of the LORD, we persuade men. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 2 TIM. iv. 2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine. ACTS, xx. 31: Watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. See on LUKE, xxiv. 29.

* PRO. i. 24: Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. MAT. xxi. 43: The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. do. xxii. 8: The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. JOHN, i. 12: As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. ACTS, xiii. 46: It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you:

25 ¶ And there went great multitudes with him and he turned, and said unto them,


26 If any man come to me, and hate 'not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, 'yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 And 'whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.


but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. HEB. xii. 25: See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. Y DEUT. xiii. 6, 8: If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods-Thou shalt not consent unto him. do. xxxiii. 9: Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children; for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant. MAT. x. 37: He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

2 Rom. ix. 13: Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated. 2 Acts, xx. 24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. REV. xii. 11: They loved not their lives unto the death.

b See on MAT. xvi. 24.

CPRO. xxiv. 27: Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

d GAL. iii. 3, 4: Are ye so foolish? having begun in the

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