Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2"The kingdom of heaven is like1 a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.3He sent his servants2 to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.4"Then he sent some more servants3 and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'5"But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers4 and burned their city.