Luke 14:23

“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the Lord said vnto the seruant, Goe out into the high wayes and hedges, and compell them to come in, that my house may be filled.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel {them} to come in, so that my house may be filled.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain `them' to come in, that my house may be filled.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the roads and the fields, and make them come in, so that my house may be full.
- Basic English Bible

And the lord said to the bondman, Go out into the ways and fences and compel to come in, that my house may be filled;
- Darby Bible

And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
- Webster's Bible

`Go out,' replied the master, `to the high roads and hedge-rows, and compel the people to come in, so that my house may be filled.
- Weymouth Bible

The lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
- World English Bible

And the lord seide to the seruaunt, Go out in to weies and heggis, and constreine men to entre, that myn hous be fulfillid.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And the lord said unto the servant, Go forth to the ways and hedges, and constrain to come in, that my house may be filled;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 14:23


14:23 Compel them to come in - With all the violence of love, and the force of God's word. Such compulsion, and such only, in matters of religion, was used by Christ and his apostles.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 14:23


Lu 14:23 Go out into the highways and hedges. Far away--to the Gentiles. Compel [them] to come in. Use the constraining power of the love of the gospel.

Discussion for Luke 14

  • Insight 777
    In response to Motdaugrnds's statement perhaps I was being esoteric when I said one must hate the hate. It's not easily understood. God does not want hate in the world and God does not want one to love evil. Evil is hate. One must hate evil to love what is good. There must be division at some point recognizing what is wrong for the good of mankind and what is not. God is love but at some point he will send Jesus to kill those that do not love but instead they hate others for personal gain and control. Armageddon is the result of God hating the hate. The kind of thoughts we have and the kind of attitudes we hold reflect our spiritual being. God will renew and restore love for all eliminating hate from the world but until then we must hate, meaning strongly disapprove of because it is opposite of the divine direction Jesus has given us, the hatefulness of others and replace it with compassion in our hearts. Faith encourages one to understand that to hate hate which is to be in opposition to evil, is to love.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Sunday you can separate yourself from those who would influence you away from our Savior without hating them. You can, also, identify wrong "behaviors" in self and others without hating those behaviors. Seems to me that spending any time at all "hating" will not bring one closer to a character Jesus would approve of.
  • SUNDAY CHUKWUEMEKA for verse 26
    The meaning of this verse is that Jesus is the ultimate gift ever released by God and you have to hate any body mother, father,sister, brother, wife,children personal habits etc capable of making you to loose Jesus in your life. This is because any body that can make you to loose Jesus has lost Him already and is heading to hell. So instead of all of you heading to hell, it is better that you separate yourself after frantic effort to align them to Jesus fails.
  • Motdaugrnds
    Insight 777, You sound as though you have a good grip on the spiritual side of man however, I caution you about what you've said about "hating the hate". Please do not practice what you are saying you know is wrong.
  • Faye
    I'm so blessed to read and learn,I have no comments about others, Jesus made it plain,Every time I study the word,I'm drawn closer to the savior ,Thank you for spiritual ears to hear,and walking close to thee.Thank you Jesus and forgive me if I have disobey your word,Our one purpose is to serve and worship you.
  • John madden for verse 20
    Ive gotten married and cant come.no doubt he accepted the invatation according to tradition.to he invited to a banquet was a great call to attend seems if he truly wanted to go he would have made an effort to bring his wife.but it seem an excuse is what he needed to not attend how many will not heed to the invatation god gives for heaven.many are called but few are chosen.all are invited but many wont come because. With the invatation comes responsibility to follow christ

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