Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Luke 14:19

Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.'
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Care;   Covetousness;   Excuses;   Feasts;   Gospel;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Kingdom of Heaven;   Opportunity;   Reproof;   Salvation;   Unbelief;   Worldliness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Absorption;   Bible Stories for Children;   Business;   Business Life;   Children;   Excuses;   Home;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Self-Justification-Self-Condemnation;   Stories for Children;   The Topic Concordance - Kingdom of God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Care, Overmuch;   Ox, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Feasts;   Ox;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Farming;   Food;   Grace;   Yoke;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Christ, Christology;   Dead Sea Scrolls;   Gospel;   Grace;   Hospitality;   Kingdom of God;   Lord's Supper, the;   Wealth;   Work;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hospitality;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Araunah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Agriculture;   Animals;   Call, Calling;   Cattle;   Family;   Luke, Gospel of;   Poor, Orphan, Widow;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Kingdom of God;   Matthew, Gospel According to;   Parable;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Animals;   Circumstantiality in the Parables;   Courtesy;   Discourse;   Dropsy;   Excuse;   Husbandman ;   Invitation;   Kindness (2);   Lazarus;   Luke, Gospel According to;   Marriage;   Numbers (2);   Sacraments;   Trade and Commerce;   Unity (2);   Wealth (2);   Wife ;   Worldliness (2);   Yoke;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Prophet, the;   Supper;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Jesus Christ (Part 2 of 2);   Maimed;   Prove;   Yoke;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

I go to prove them - To try them, to see if he had made a good bargain. It is worthy of remark that this excuse was very trifling. He could as easily have tried them at any other time as then, and his whole conduct shows that he was more disposed to gratify “himself” than to accept the invitation of his friend. He was selfish; just as all sinners are, who, to gratify their own worldliness and sins, refuse to accept the offers of the gospel.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/luke-14.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen,.... To plough the field with,

and I go to prove them: this also being at, or near evening, was an unsuitable time to go into the field with yokes of oxen to try them, how they would draw the plough, and work in the field; the morning would have been a much more proper time:

I pray thee have me excused; to the master of the feast: this man represents also the carnal and worldly Jews, who preferred temporal things before spiritual.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-14.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

To prove them (δοκιμασαι αυταdokimasai auta). He could have tested them before buying. The oxen would not run away or be stolen.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/luke-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

Ver. 19. I have bought five yoke of oxen] This answers those that plead their necessities, and that they seek not superfluities (as farm upon farm, &c.), but only a sufficiency. What could be more necessary than oxen, since without them he could not follow his husbandry? Worldliness is a great hindrance to heaven, though a man cannot be charged with any great covetousness. These all excused themselves out of heaven, by bringing apologies why they could not go to heaven. Never yet any came to hell but had some pretence for their coming thither. Our vile hearts will persuade us that there is some sense in sinning, and some reason to be mad.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-14.html. 1865-1868.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 14:19. ἠγόρασα, I have bought) 1 Corinthians 7:30.— πέντε, five) A purchase by no means small.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-14.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Luke 14:16"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 14:19". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-14.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am on my way to prove them. I beg you have me excused.’ ”

The second of those invited excused himself, making as his excuse the fact that the had bought five yoke of oxen and needed to go and test them out. Again he was a wealthy man. A poorer man would be lucky to have one or two oxen. Again the oxen were bought on his behalf by his agent, and no doubt his final approval was needed. But again late in the day was not the best time to choose for the purpose. This too was clearly an excuse. He was too taken up with his occupation to have the time or the inclination to attend the supper. The warning here was of allowing our jobs and occupations to so possess us that they prevent us responding to God’s invitation into the Kingly Rule of God, because of what it might involve. There is no necessity that should prevent us responding to that.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/luke-14.html. 2013.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 14:19. I have bought five yoke of oxen. This one too is hindered by his possessions, but he does not plead necessity; he was going to prove them, had started as it were, and preferred not to alter his plan. The first represents one so pressed with business, that he thinks he cannot find time to attend to a higher obligation which he still acknowledges; the second, one so interested in his worldly plans that he will not relinquish them, though he feels that he must excuse his conduct

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/luke-14.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Luke 14:19. , another; his excuse is also highly respectable, though nothing more than a decent excuse; the preoccupation very real, though the apology lame. Five yoke of oxen a very important purchase in the owner’s eyes.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/luke-14.html. 1897-1910.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

another. App-124.

go = go forth.

prove = try.

have = hold.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-14.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(19) Five yoke of oxen.—The number was one which came within the reach of any peasant farmer of moderate competence. (Comp. Elisha’s twelve yoke of oxen, 1 Kings 19:19.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Luke 14:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/luke-14.html. 1905.