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Matthew 22:1-6 NIV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet 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 banquet to tell them to come, 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 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.' 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 off--one to his field, another to his business. 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. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.