Matthew 22 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Again Jesus used stories as illustrations when he spoke to them. He said, 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who planned a wedding for his son. 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 He sent other servants to tell the people who had been invited, 'I've prepared dinner. My bulls and fattened calves have been butchered. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding!' 4 "Then he sent some more servants 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 away. Some went to work in their own fields, and others went to their businesses. 5 "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
6 The rest grabbed the king's servants, mistreated them, and then killed them. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
7 "The king became angry. He sent his soldiers, killed those murderers, and burned their city. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 "Then the king said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited don't deserve the honor. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
9 Go where the roads leave the city. Invite everyone you find to the wedding.' 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'
10 The servants went into the streets and brought in all the good people and all the evil people they found. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 "When the king came to see the guests, he saw a person who was not dressed in the wedding clothes [provided for the guests]. 11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
12 He said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without proper wedding clothes?' "The man had nothing to say. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
13 Then the king told his servants, 'Tie his hands and feet, and throw him outside into the darkness. People will cry and be in extreme pain there.' 13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14 "Therefore, many are invited, but few of those are chosen to stay." 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."
15 Then the Pharisees went away and planned to trap Jesus into saying the wrong thing. 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They sent their disciples to him along with Herod's followers. They said to him, "Teacher, we know that you tell the truth and that you teach the truth about the way of God. You don't favor individuals because of who they are. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.
17 So tell us what you think. Is it right to pay taxes to the emperor or not?" 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 Jesus recognized their evil plan, so he asked, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Show me a coin used to pay taxes." They brought him a coin. 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius,
20 He said to them, "Whose face and name is this?" 20 and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
21 They replied, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Very well, give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and give God what belongs to God." 21 "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
22 They were surprised to hear this. Then they left him alone and went away. 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
23 On that day some Sadducees, who say that people will never come back to life, came to Jesus. They asked him, 23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
24 "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies childless, his brother should marry his widow and have children for his brother.' 24 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.
25 There were seven brothers among us. The first married and died. Since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
26 The second brother also died, as well as the third, and the rest of the seven brothers. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
27 At last the woman died. 27 Finally, the woman died.
28 Now, when the dead come back to life, whose wife will she be? All seven brothers had been married to her." 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus answered, "You're mistaken because you don't know the Scriptures or God's power. 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 When people come back to life, they don't marry. Rather, they are like the angels in heaven. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
31 Haven't you read what God told you about the dead coming back to life? He said, 31 But about the resurrection of the dead--have you not read what God said to you,
32 'I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' He's not the God of the dead but of the living." 32 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob' ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
33 He amazed the crowds who heard his teaching. 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in Moses' Teachings, tested Jesus by asking, 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in Moses' Teachings?" 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus answered him, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
38 This is the greatest and most important commandment. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 All of Moses' Teachings and the Prophets depend on these two commandments." 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
41 While the Pharisees were still gathered, Jesus asked them, 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They answered him, "David's." 42 "What do you think about the Christ ? Whose son is he?" "The son of David," they replied.
43 He said to them, "Then how can David, guided by the Spirit, call him Lord? David says, 43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says,
44 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Take the highest position in heaven until I put your enemies under your control."' 44 " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
45 If David calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" 45 If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
46 No one could answer him, and from that time on no one dared to ask him another question. 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.