Lu 14:1
14:1 And {1} it came to pass, as he went into the house of {a}
     one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day,
     that they watched him.

 (1) The law of the very sabbath ought not to hinder the offices
     of charity.
     (a) Either one of the elders, whom they called the
         sanhedrin, or one of the chiefs of the synagogue: for
         all the Pharisees were not chief men of the synagogue
         Joh 7:48; for this word Pharisee was the name
         of a sect, though it appears by viewing the whole
         history of the matter that the Pharisees had much

Lu 14:7
14:7 {2} And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden,
     when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying
     unto them,

 (2) The reward of pride is dishonour, and the reward of true
     modesty is glory.

Lu 14:12
14:12 {3} 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

 (3) Against those who spend their goods either for the glory of
     man or for hope of recompence, whereas Christian charity
     considers only the glory of God, and the profit of our

Lu 14:18
14:18 {4} And they all with {b} 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.

 (4) For the most part even those to whom God has revealed
     himself are so mad, that any help which they have received
     of God they willingly turn into obstructions and
     (b) On purpose, and a thing agreed upon before: for though
         they give different reasons why they cannot come, yet
         all of them agree in this, that they have their excuses
         so that they may not come to supper.

Lu 14:21
14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things.
      Then the master of the house being angry said to his
      servant, Go out quickly into the {c} streets and lanes of
      the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed,
      and the halt, and the blind.

      (c) Wide and broad areas.

Lu 14:25
14:25 {5} And there went great multitudes with him: and he
      turned, and said unto them,

 (5) Even those affections which are in themselves worthy of
     praise and commendation must be controlled and kept in
     order, so that godliness may have the upper hand and have

Lu 14:26
14:26 If any [man] come to me, and {d} 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.

      (d) If anything stands between God and him, as Theophylact
          says: and therefore these words are spoken in a
          comparative way, and not by themselves.

Lu 14:27
14:27 {6} And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after
      me, cannot be my disciple.

 (6) The true followers of Christ must at once build and fight,
     and therefore be ready and prepared to endure all types of

Lu 14:28
14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, {e} sitteth
      not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have
      [sufficient] to finish [it]?

      (e) At home, and calculates all his costs before he begins
          the work.

Lu 14:34
14:34 {7} Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his savour,
      wherewith shall it be seasoned?

 (7) The disciples of Christ must be wise, both for themselves
     and for others: otherwise they become the most foolish of