Property became so highly valued that to give a pretentious feast would wipe a dishonor from one’s name. 
It was against the custom of the Jews for a woman to sit at a public banquet. 
In those days, when a reception-banquet of this sort was tendered a prominent individual, it was the custom for all interested persons to linger about the banquet room to observe the guests at meat and to listen to the conversation and speeches of the men of honor. 
Jesus said: “When you give a banquet, sometimes bid the poor, the maimed, and the blind. In this way you shall be blessed in your heart, for you well know that the lame and the halt cannot repay you for your loving ministry. ”.