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1 Jesus told them several other stories to illustrate the Kingdom. He said, 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 "The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
3 Many guests were invited, and when the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify everyone that it was time to come. But they all refused! 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 So he sent other servants to tell them, 'The feast has been prepared, and choice meats have been cooked. Everything is ready. Hurry!' 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 the guests he had invited ignored them and went about their business, one to his farm, another to his store. 5 "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
6 Others seized his messengers and treated them shamefully, even killing some of them. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
7 "Then the king became furious. He sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their city. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 And he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren't worthy of the honor. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
9 Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.' 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'
10 "So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet 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 But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn't wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?' And the man had no reply. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
13 Then the king said to his aides, 'Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 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 For many are called, but few are chosen." 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."
15 Then the Pharisees met together to think of a way to trap Jesus into saying something for which they could accuse him. 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They decided to send some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to ask him this question: "Teacher, we know how honest you are. You teach about the way of God regardless of the consequences. You are impartial and don't play favorites. 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 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?" 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. "You hypocrites!" he said. "Whom are you trying to fool with your trick questions? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Here, show me the Roman coin used for the tax." When they handed him the coin, 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius,
20 he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?" 20 and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
21 "Caesar's," they replied. "Well, then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given 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 His reply amazed them, and they went away. 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
23 That same day some Sadducees stepped forward -- a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. They posed this question: 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 without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir.' 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 Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest married and then died without children, so the second brother married the widow. 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 This brother also died without children, and the wife was married to the next brother, and so on until she had been the wife of each of them. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
27 And then she also died. 27 Finally, the woman died.
28 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For she was the wife of all seven of them!" 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus replied, "Your problem is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God. 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 For when the dead rise, they won't be married. They will be 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 But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead -- haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God 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, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' So he is the God of the living, not the dead." 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 When the crowds heard him, they were impressed with his teaching. 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they thought up a fresh question of their own to ask him. 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?" 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and 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 first and greatest commandment. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments." 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
41 Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 "What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They replied, "He is the son of David." 42 "What do you think about the Christ ? Whose son is he?" "The son of David," they replied.
43 Jesus responded, "Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, call him Lord? For David said, 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, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.' 44 " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
45 Since David called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?" 45 If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
46 No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions. 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.