Matthew 22:1-14 NIV

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22:2-14Ref -- Lk 14:16-24

1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

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      2 "The kingdom of heaven is like1 a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

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      3 He sent his servants2 to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

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      4 "Then he sent some more servants3 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.'

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      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.
      7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers4 and burned their city.

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      8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
      9 Go to the street corners5 and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'

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      10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad,6 and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

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      11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
      12 'Friend,'7 he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.

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      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.'8

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      14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."9

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