Parable of the Marriage Feast

1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,

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      2 "1The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king * who gave a 2wedding feast for his son.

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        • a 22:2 - Lit "was compared to"
        • b 22:2 - Lit "a man, a king"
        • c 22:2 - Lit "made"
          3 "And he 3sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling * to come.

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          4 "Again he 4sent out other slaves saying, 'Tell those who have been invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast."'

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          5 "But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another * to his business,

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            • d 22:5 - Or "field"
              6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.
              7 "But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
              8 "Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
              9 'Go therefore to 5the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.'

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              10 "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.

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                • e 22:10 - Lit "those reclining" at the table
                  11 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw 6a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,

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                  12 and he said to him, '7Friend, how did you come in here without * wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless.

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                  13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into 8the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

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                  14 "For many are 9called, but few are 10chosen."

                  Tribute to Caesar

                  15 11Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.

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                    • g 22:15 - Lit "took counsel"
                    • h 22:15 - Lit "in word"
                      16 And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the 12Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial * to any.

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                        • i 22:16 - Lit "it is not a concern to You about anyone;" i.e. You do not seek anyone's favor
                          17 "Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a 13poll-tax to 14Caesar, or not?"

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                          18 But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?

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                            • k 22:18 - Or "wickedness"
                              19 "Show Me the 15coin used for the poll-tax." And they brought Him a denarius.

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                                • l 22:19 - The denarius was a day's wages
                                  20 And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?"
                                  21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "16Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."

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                                  22 And hearing this, they were amazed, and 17leaving Him, they went away.

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                                  Jesus Answers the Sadducees

                                  23 18On that day some 19Sadducees (who say 20there is no resurrection ) came to Jesus and questioned Him,

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                                  25 "Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;
                                  26 so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.
                                  27 "Last of all, the woman died.
                                  28 "In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her."
                                  29 But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, 22not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

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                                  30 "For in the resurrection they neither 23marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

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                                  31 "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:
                                  32 '24I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB '? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."

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                                  33 When the crowds heard this, 25they were astonished at His teaching.

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                                  34 26But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced 27the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together * *.

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                                  35 One of them, 28a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,

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                                    • n 22:35 - I.e. an expert in the Mosaic Law
                                      36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
                                      37 And He said to him, " '29YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'

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                                      38 "This is the great and foremost commandment.

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                                          39 "The second is like it, '30YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'

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                                          40 "31On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

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                                          41 32Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:

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                                          42 "What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?" They said to Him, "33The son of David."

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                                            • p 22:42 - I.e. the Messiah
                                              43 He said to them, "Then how does David 34in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying,

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                                              44 '35THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET "'?
                                              45 "If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his son?"