Matthew 22:1-6 NIV

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22:2-14Ref -- Lk 14:16-24

1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

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      2 "The kingdom of heaven is like1 a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

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      3 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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      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.'

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      5 "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
      6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.