14:7 Then 1 when Jesus 2 noticed how the guests 3 chose the places of honor, 4 he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 5 do not take 6 the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 7 14:9 So 8 the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 9 you will begin to move to the least important 10 place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 11 approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 12 Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 13 the one who humbles 14 himself will be exalted.”
[14:8] 5 tn Or “banquet.” This may not refer only to a wedding feast, because this term can have broader sense (note the usage in Esth 2:18; 9:22 LXX). However, this difference does not affect the point of the parable.
[14:8] 6 tn Grk “do not recline in the place of honor.” 1st century middle eastern meals were not eaten while sitting at a table, but while reclining on one’s side on the floor with the head closest to the low table and the feet farthest away.
[14:9] 8 tn Grk “host, and.” Here καί (kai) has been translated as “so” to indicate this action is a result of the situation described in the previous verse. Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.