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Matthew 22:14

    Matthew 22:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For many are called, but few are chosen.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For many are called, but few are chosen.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For many are called, but few chosen.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For out of all to whom the good news has come, only a small number will get salvation.

    Webster's Revision

    For many are called, but few chosen.

    World English Bible

    For many are called, but few chosen."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For many are called, but few chosen.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 22:14

    Many are called, etc. - This verse is wanting in one of Colbert's MSS., marked 33 in Griesbach. See the note on Matthew 20:16. Many are called by the preaching of the Gospel into the outward communion of the Church of Christ; but few, comparatively, are chosen to dwell with God in glory, because they do not come to the master of the feast for a marriage garment - for that holiness without which none can see the Lord. This is an allusion to the Roman custom of raising their militia; all were mustered, but only those were chosen to serve, who were found proper. See the note on Matthew 20:16. Reader! examine thy soul, and make sure work for eternity!

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 22:14

    Many are called, but few are chosen - Our Saviour often uses this expression. It was probably proverbial. The Jews had been called, but few of them had been chosen to life. The great mass of the nation was wicked, and they showed by their lives that they were not chosen to salvation. The Gentiles also were invited to be saved, Isaiah 45:22. Nation after nation has been called; but few, few have yet showed that they were real Christians, the elect of God. It is also true that many who are in the church may prove to be without the wedding garment, and show at last that they were not the chosen of God. This remark in the 14th verse is the inference from the "whole parable," and not of the part about the man without the wedding garment. It does not mean, therefore, that the great mass in the church are simply called and not chosen, or are hypocrites; but the great mass in "the human family," in the time of Christ, who had been "called," had rejected the mercy of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 22:14

    22:14 Many are called; few chosen - Many hear; few believe. Yea, many are members of the visible, but few of the invisible Church. Mt 20:16.