2 There was a certain man before him - It does not appear that
he was come thither with any insidious design. Probably he came, hoping
for a cure, or perhaps was one of the family.
3 And Jesus answering, spake - Answering the thoughts which he
saw rising in their hearts.
7 He spake a parable - The ensuing discourse is so termed, because
several parts are not to be understood literally. The general scope of
it is, Not only at a marriage feast, but on every occasion, he that exalteth
himself shall be abased, and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted.
11 Mt 23:12.