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11王进来与赴筵的人见面,看见有一个人没有穿着婚筵的礼服,




11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
11 Verse 11. When the king came] When God shall come to judge the

world.



Wedding garment] Among the orientals, long white robes were

worn at public festivals; and those who appeared on such occasions

with any other garments were esteemed, not only highly culpable,

but worthy of punishment. Our Lord seems here to allude to

Zep 1:7, 8,

The Lord hath prepared a SACRIFICE, he hath BIDDEN his guests.

And it shall come to pass, in the day of the Lord's sacrifice,

that I will PUNISH the princes, and the KING'S CHILDREN, and ALL

SUCH as are clothed with STRANGE APPAREL. The person who invited

the guests prepared such a garment for each, for the time being;

and with which he was furnished on his application to the ruler of

the feast. It was this which made the conduct of the person

mentioned in the text inexcusable; he might have had a proper

marriage garment, if he had applied for it.



To afford accidental guests clothing suitable to a marriage

feast, was a custom among the ancient Greeks. Homer relates that

Telemachus, and the son of Nestor, arriving at Lacedaemon when

Menelaus was making a marriage feast for his son and daughter,

were accommodated with garments suited to the occasion, after

having been bathed and anointed.



τουςδεπειουνδρωμαιλουσανκαιχρισανελαιω

αμοιδαραχλαιναςουλαςβαλονηδεχιτωνας

εςραθρονουςεζοντοπαρατρειδηνμενελαον

Odyss. l. iv. ver. 49-51.



They entered each a bath, and by the hands

Of maidens laved, and oiled, and clothed again

With shaggy mantles and resplendent vests,

Sat both enthroned at Menelaus' side. Cowper.



Among the Asiatics, garments called caftans, great numbers of

which each nobleman has ordinarily ready in his wardrobe, are

given to persons whom he wishes to honour: to refuse to accept or

wear such a dress would be deemed the highest insult.



This marriage feast or dinner (the communication of the graces

of the Gospel in this life) prepares for the marriage supper of

the Lamb, Re 19:7-9, the enjoyment of eternal blessedness in the

kingdom of glory. Now, as without holiness no man can see the

Lord, we may at once perceive what our Lord means by the marriage

garment-it is HOLINESS of heart and life: the text last quoted

asserts that the fine, white, and clean linen (alluding to the

marriage garment above mentioned) was an emblem of the

RIGHTEOUSNESS of the SAINTS. Mark this expression: the

righteousness, the whole external conduct; regulated according to

the will and word of God. Of the SAINTS, the holy persons, whose

souls were purified by the blood of the Lamb.