King James Bible

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Entertain


"Entertainments, "feasts," were sometimes connected with a public" "festival (Deut. 16:11, 14), and accompanied by offerings (1 Sam." "9:13), in token of alliances (Gen. 26:30); sometimes in" "connection with domestic or social events, as at the weaning of" "children (Gen. 21:8), at weddings (Gen. 29:22; John 2:1), on" "birth-days (Matt. 14:6), at the time of sheep-shearing (2 Sam." "13:23), and of vintage (Judg. 9:27), and at funerals (2 Sam." 3:35; Jer. 16:7). "The guests were invited by servants (Prov. 9:3; Matt. 22:3), who assigned them their respective places (1 Sam. 9:22; Luke 14:8; Mark 12:39). Like portions were sent by the master to each guest "(1 Sam. 1:4; 2 Sam. 6:19), except when special honour was" "intended, when the portion was increased (Gen. 43:34)." "The Israelites were forbidden to attend heathenish sacrificial "entertainments (Ex. 34:15), because these were in honour of" "false gods, and because at such feast they would be liable to" partake of unclean flesh (1 Cor. 10:28). "In the entertainments common in apostolic times among the "Gentiles were frequent "revellings," against which Christians" were warned (Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:21; 1 Pet. 4:3). (See [190]BANQUET.)


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