The Greek that is translated as “lame” in English is translated in various ways:

in anger

The term that is translated as “in anger” or “furious” in English versions, is rendered in Mekeo as “from his inside fire came out.”

See also fury / furious.


The Hebrew and Greek that is translated as “anger” in English in this verse is translated with a variety of solutions (Bratcher / Nida says: “Since anger has so many manifestations and seems to affect so many aspects of personality, it is not strange that expressions used to describe this emotional response are so varied).”

  • Chicahuaxtla Triqui: “be warm inside”
  • Mende: “have a cut heart”
  • Mískito: “have a split heart”
  • Tzotzil: “have a hot heart”
  • Mossi: “a swollen heart”
  • Western Kanjobal: “fire of the viscera”
  • San Blas Kuna: “pain in the heart”
  • Chimborazo Highland Quichua: “not with good eye”
  • Citak: two different terms, one meaning “angry” and one meaning “offended,” both are actually descriptions of facial expressions. The former can be represented by an angry stretching of the eyes or by an angry frown. The latter is similarly expressed by an offended type of frown with one’s head lowered. (Source: Graham Ogden)

See also God’s anger.

complete verse (Luke 14:21)

Following are a number of back-translations of Luke 14:21:

  • Noongar: “The servant went back home and told his boss everything. The boss became very angry and told his servant, ‘Hurry! Go to the big roads and the little paths of this town and get many people, poor people and disabled and blind and lame.'” (Source: Warda-Kwabba Luke-Ang)
  • Uma: “That servant returned going back to the owner of the feast bringing-back their words. No kidding the anger of the owner of the feast, he said to his servant: ‘Hurry going to the main-road and to the intersections in the town. Encourage to come the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ The servant did go to follow the command of the owner of the feast.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Then the servant went home and told it to his master. His master was very angry when he heard that and he said to his servant, ‘Listen, go quickly to the roads and to all the trails here in this place and bring the poor people here and the deformed, the blind and the lame.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And then the servant of the one who is giving the feast returned home, and he told his master all of these excuses the people he’d been sent to gave him. And then that master of his became very angry, and he said to his servant, ‘Go into the village, go up and down the streets and paths, and bring along with you the poor people, the crippled people, the lame and the blind.’ And then that servant went out.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “‘That being so, that-aforementioned servant then returned and reported everything to his master. Extreme was the anger of that master of his and he said to his servant, ‘All-right then, hurry to go to the street and market-place of the town to go invite the poor, cripples, blind and lame so they will come and join-in-eating.'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Without anything further, that messenger returned who had been sent. That (preceeding) is what he told to his master. Well what else but he got angry. He said next to that messenger of his, ‘Go ahead, set out again. Go to the streets of this city and the ones you are to bring with you are the poor, those who have defects in their body, the blind and the lame.'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)

Translation commentary on Luke 14:21


paragenomenos, lit. ‘after coming,’ i.e. ‘when he came,’ here in the sense of, ‘when he came back to his master.’ For paraginomai cf. on 7.4.

ho doulos apēggeilen tō kuriō autou tauta ‘the servant reported this to his master.’ For apaggellō cf. on 7.18. tauta refers to vv. 18-20 and presumably to similar answers from the other invited people.

tote orgistheis ho oikodespotēs eipen ‘then the master of the house became angry and said.’ tote means ‘when he heard that.’ For oikodespotēs cf. on 12.39.

orgizomai (also 15.28) ‘to be angry,’ in both places ingressive aorist, ‘became angry.’

exelthe tacheōs eis tas plateias kai rumas tēs poleōs ‘go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town.’ Note that the article tas goes with both plateias and rumas. Hence also the genitive tēs poleōs refers to both preceding substantives. For plateia cf. on 10.10. tacheōs also 16.6.

rumē ‘narrow street,’ ‘lane,’ ‘alley.’

kai tous ptōchous kai anapeirous kai tuphlous kai chōlous eisagage hōde ‘and bring in here the poor, the cripple, the blind and the lame.’ Note that the article tous goes with all four substantives. This suggests that they are to be considered as one group. For the poor, etc. cf. on v. 13.


For master, and for “sir” in v. 22, cf. the note on “Lord” in 1.6, sub (a). For householder see 12.39; in this context ‘host’ is also possible.

In anger, or, ‘becoming angry,’ ‘became angry and.’

Quickly is often rendered by a verb, e.g. ‘do-quick/make-haste’ (Balinese), ‘hurry,’ ‘run along.’

To the streets and lanes of the city, or ‘to market places and streets (or, to streets and slums, or to streets and narrow-passages) of the town’ (Kituba, Sranan Tongo, Shona 1966). In non-urbanized areas one may have to use, ‘into the village, on the roads big and small’ (Tae’), ‘to wide and narrow places/passages between the houses (or, past all the houses and hovels) of this city/settlement.’ For street see 10.10.

Quoted with permission from Reiling, J. and Swellengrebel, J.L. A Handbook on the Gospel of Luke. (UBS Handbook Series). New York: UBS, 1971. For this and other handbooks for translators see here . Make sure to also consult the Handbook on the Gospel of Mark for parallel or similar verses.