1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.3He 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.’5“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.9So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.12He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.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 invited, but few are chosen.”
15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,20and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”21“Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
1When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them.2Then Israel made this vow to the LORD: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities.”3The LORD listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.
4They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;5they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”6Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.7The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.8The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”9So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
10The Israelites moved on and camped at Oboth.11Then they set out from Oboth and camped in Iye Abarim, in the wilderness that faces Moab toward the sunrise.12From there they moved on and camped in the Zered Valley.13They set out from there and camped alongside the Arnon, which is in the wilderness extending into Amorite territory. The Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.14That is why the Book of the Wars of the LORD says: “. . . Zahab in Suphah and the ravines, the Arnon15and the slopes of the ravines that lead to the settlement of Ar and lie along the border of Moab.”16From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”17Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it,18about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank— the nobles with scepters and staffs.” Then they went from the wilderness to Mattanah,19from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth,20and from Bamoth to the valley in Moab where the top of Pisgah overlooks the wasteland.
21Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:22“Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”23But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel.24Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified.25Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements.26Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.27That is why the poets say: “Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt; let Sihon’s city be restored.28“Fire went out from Heshbon, a blaze from the city of Sihon. It consumed Ar of Moab, the citizens of Arnon’s heights.29Woe to you, Moab! You are destroyed, people of Chemosh! He has given up his sons as fugitives and his daughters as captives to Sihon king of the Amorites.30“But we have overthrown them; Heshbon’s dominion has been destroyed all the way to Dibon. We have demolished them as far as Nophah, which extends to Medeba.”31So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.32After Moses had sent spies to Jazer, the Israelites captured its surrounding settlements and drove out the Amorites who were there.33Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.34The LORD said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”35So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land.
2Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.3Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you!
4Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you ; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!5Dark am I, yet lovely, daughters of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of Kedar, like the tent curtains of Solomon.6Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.7Tell me, you whom I love, where you graze your flock and where you rest your sheep at midday. Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?
12While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.13My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.14My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms from the vineyards of En Gedi.
3Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.4Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.5Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.6His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.7Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.