Luke 14:18

And they all with 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.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they all with one consent began to make excuse: The first said vnto him, I haue bought a piece of ground, and I must needs goe and see it: I pray thee haue me excused.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, 'I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.'
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they all with one `consent' began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a field, and I must needs go out and see it; I pray thee have me excused.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they all gave reasons why they were not able to come. The first said to him, I have got a new field, and it is necessary for me to go and see it: I am full of regret that I am unable to come.
- Basic English Bible

And all began, without exception, to excuse themselves. The first said to him, I have bought land, and I must go out and see it; I pray thee hold me for excused.
- Darby Bible

And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said to him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
- Webster's Bible

But they all without exception began to excuse themselves. The first told him, `I have purchased a piece of land, and must of necessity go and look at it. Pray hold me excused.'
- Weymouth Bible

They all as one began to make excuses. "The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please have me excused.'
- World English Bible

And alle bigunnen togidir to excusen hem. The firste seide, Y haue bouyt a toun, and Y haue nede to go out, and se it; Y preye thee, haue me excusid.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And they began with one consent all to excuse themselves: The first said to him, A field I bought, and I have need to go forth and see it; I beg of thee, have me excused.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 14:18


14:18 They all began to make excuse - One of them pleads only his own will, I go: another, a pretended necessity, I must needs go: the third, impossibility, I cannot come: all of them want the holy hatred mentioned #Lu 14:26|. All of them perish by things in themselves lawful. I must needs go - The most urgent worldly affairs frequently fall out just at the time when God makes the freest offers of salvation.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 14:18


Lu 14:18-20 Began to make excuse. The excuses show that they did not wish to be guests. The first said, etc. The first pleads landed property; the second, business; the third, social considerations; none of them good excuses.

Discussion for Luke 14:18

  • To the western mind these are feeble excuses but to the eastern mind they are justifiable reasons for declining the invitation Eastern religious custom very strictly adhered to dictated that the first two dedicate their property and animals before putting them to use The third man by marriage customs was not allowed to accept a meal invitation from anyone but his parents or in laws for the first year of marriage The lesson here is not so simple as just not giving lame excuses It is that even apparently righteous excuses are less than sufficient reason for declining an invitation to dine with the Master Note that the audience of this parable includes Pharisees a group so convinced of their own righteousness that they did not even recognize the Messiah standing before them

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