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Luke 14:15-17

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 1  one of those at the meal with Jesus 2  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 3  who will feast 4  in the kingdom of God!” 5  14:16 But Jesus 6  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 7  and invited 8  many guests. 9  14:17 At 10  the time for the banquet 11  he sent his slave 12  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’

1 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.

2 tn Grk “him”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Grk “whoever” (the indefinite relative pronoun). This has been translated as “everyone who” to conform to contemporary English style.

4 tn Or “will dine”; Grk “eat bread.” This refers to those who enjoy the endless fellowship of God’s coming rule.

5 sn The kingdom of God is a major theme of Jesus. It is a realm in which Jesus rules and to which those who trust him belong. See Luke 6:20; 11:20; 17:20-21.

6 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

7 tn Or “dinner.”

8 sn Presumably those invited would have sent a reply with the invitation stating their desire to attend, much like a modern R.S.V.P. Then they waited for the servant to announce the beginning of the celebration (D. L. Bock, Luke [BECNT], 2:1272).

9 tn The word “guests” is not in the Greek text but is implied.

10 tn Grk “And at.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.

11 tn Or “dinner.”

12 tn See the note on the word “slave” in 7:2.

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