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1 Jesus again used stories to teach the people. He said, 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
3 The king invited some people to the feast. When the feast was ready, the king sent his servants to tell the people, 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 "Then the king sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited that my feast is ready. I have killed my best bulls and calves for the dinner, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' 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 people refused to listen to the servants and left to do other things. One went to work in his field, and another went to his business. 5 "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
6 Some of the other people grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
7 The king was furious and sent his army to kill the murderers and burn their city. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 "After that, the king said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready. I invited those people, but they were not worthy to come. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
9 So go to the street corners and invite everyone you find to come to my feast.' 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'
10 So the servants went into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad. 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 in to see the guests, he saw a man who was not dressed 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 The king said, 'Friend, how were you allowed to come in here? You are not dressed for a wedding.' But the man said nothing. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
13 So the king told some servants, 'Tie this man's hands and feet. Throw him out into the darkness, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.' 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 "Yes, many people are invited, but only a few are chosen." 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."
15 Then the Pharisees left that place and made plans to trap Jesus in saying something wrong. 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They sent some of their own followers and some people from the group called Herodians. They said, "Teacher, we know that you are an honest man and that you teach the truth about God's way. You are not afraid of what other people think about you, because you pay no attention to 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 Caesar or not?" 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 But knowing that these leaders were trying to trick him, Jesus said, "You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Show me a coin used for paying the tax." So the men showed him a coin. 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius,
20 Then Jesus asked, "Whose image and name are on the coin?" 20 and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
21 The men answered, "Caesar's." Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and give to God the things that are God's." 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 When the men heard what Jesus said, they were amazed and left him and went away. 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
23 That same day some Sadducees came to Jesus and asked him a question. (Sadducees believed that people would not rise from the dead.) 23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
24 They said, "Teacher, Moses said if a married man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him. 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 Once there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died. Since he had no children, his 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 Then the second brother also died. The same thing happened to the third brother and all the other brothers. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
27 Finally, the woman died. 27 Finally, the woman died.
28 Since all seven men had married her, when people rise from the dead, whose wife will she be?" 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 don't understand, because you don't know what the Scriptures say, and you don't know about the power of God. 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 When people rise from the dead, they will not marry, nor will they be given to someone to marry. 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 Surely you have read what God said to you about rising from the dead. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead--have you not read what God said to you,
32 God said, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' God 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 people heard this, they were amazed at Jesus' teaching. 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 When the Pharisees learned that the Sadducees could not argue with Jesus' answers to them, the Pharisees met together. 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One Pharisee, who was an expert on the law of Moses, asked Jesus this question to test him: 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?" 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus answered, "'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 most important command. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second command is like the first: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands." 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
41 While the Pharisees were together, Jesus asked them, 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They answered, "The Christ is the Son of David." 42 "What do you think about the Christ ? Whose son is he?" "The son of David," they replied.
43 Then Jesus said to them, "Then why did David call him 'Lord'? David, speaking by the power of the Holy Spirit, 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 by me at my right side, 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 David calls the Christ 'Lord,' so how can the Christ be his son?" 45 If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
46 None of the Pharisees could answer Jesus' question, and after that day no one was brave enough 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.