Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
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"The kingdom of heaven is like1 a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
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He sent his servants2 to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
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"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.'
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"But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.