Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many;
Jesus replied with this illustration: "A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.
Jesus followed up. "Yes. For there was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many.
And he said to them, A certain man gave a great feast, and sent word of it to a number of people.
Then Jesus said to him, "Someone gave a great dinner and invited many.
Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,
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1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Or “dinner.”
3 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).
4 tn The word “guests” is not in the Greek text but is implied.