Matthew 22; Matthew 23

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Matthew 22

1 Jesus responded by speaking again in parables:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding party for his son.
3 He sent his servants to call those invited to the wedding party. But they didn't want to come.
4 Again he sent other servants and said to them, ‘Tell those who have been invited, "Look, the meal is all prepared. I've butchered the oxen and the fattened cattle. Now everything's ready. Come to the wedding party!" '
5 But they paid no attention and went away—some to their fields, others to their businesses.
6 The rest of them grabbed his servants, abused them, and killed them.
7 “The king was angry. He sent his soldiers to destroy those murderers and set their city on fire.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding party is prepared, but those who were invited weren't worthy.
9 Therefore, go to the roads on the edge of town and invite everyone you find to the wedding party.'
10 “Then those servants went to the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding party was full of guests.
11 Now when the king came in and saw the guests, he spotted a man who wasn't wearing wedding clothes.
12 He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' But he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet and throw him out into the farthest darkness. People there will be weeping and grinding their teeth.'
14 "Many people are invited, but few people are chosen."
15 Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words.
16 They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. "Teacher," they said, "we know that you are genuine and that you teach God's way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people's opinions, because you don't show favoritism.
17 So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the coin used to pay the tax." And they brought him a denarion.
20 "Whose image and inscription is this?" he asked.
21 "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."
22 When they heard this they were astonished, and they departed.
23 That same day Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Jesus.
24 They asked, "Teacher, Moses said, If a man who doesn't have children dies, his brother must marry his wife and produce children for his brother.
25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married, then died. Because he had no children he left his widow to his brother.
26 The same thing happened with the second brother and the third, and in fact with all seven brothers.
27 Finally, the woman died.
28 At the resurrection, which of the seven brothers will be her husband? They were all married to her."
29 Jesus responded, "You are wrong because you don't know either the scriptures or God's power.
30 At the resurrection people won't marry nor will they be given in marriage. Instead, they will be like angels from God.
31 As for the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read what God told you,
32 I'm the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He isn't the God of the dead but of the living."
33 Now when the crowd heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together.
35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him.
36 "Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 He replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.
40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands."
41 Now as the Pharisees were gathering, Jesus asked them,
42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" "David's son," they replied.
43 He said, "Then how is it that David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, called him Lord when he said,
44 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right side until I turn your enemies into your footstool'?
45 If David calls him Lord, how can he be David's son?"
46 Nobody was able to answer him. And from that day forward nobody dared to ask him anything.

Matthew 23

1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples,
2 “The legal experts and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat.
3 Therefore, you must take care to do everything they say. But don't do what they do.
4 For they tie together heavy packs that are impossible to carry. They put them on the shoulders of others, but are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.
5 Everything they do, they do to be noticed by others. They make extra-wide prayer bands for their arms and long tassels for their clothes.
6 They love to sit in places of honor at banquets.
7 They love to be greeted with honor in the markets and to be addressed as ‘Rabbi.'
8 “But you shouldn't be called Rabbi, because you have one teacher, and all of you are brothers and sisters.
9 Don't call anybody on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is heavenly.
10 Don't be called teacher, because Christ is your one teacher.
11 But the one who is greatest among you will be your servant.
12 All who lift themselves up will be brought low. But all who make themselves low will be lifted up.
13 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You shut people out of the kingdom of heaven. You don't enter yourselves, and you won't allow those who want to enter to do so.
15 “How terrible it will be for you, legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You travel over sea and land to make one convert. But when they've been converted, they become twice the child of hell you are.
16 “How terrible it will be for you blind guides who say, ‘If people swear by the temple, it's nothing. But if people swear by the gold in the temple, they are obligated to do what they swore.'
17 You foolish and blind people! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold holy?
18 You say, ‘If people swear by the altar, it's nothing. But if they swear by the gift on the altar, they are obligated to do what they swore.'
19 You blind people! Which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy?
20 Therefore, those who swear by the altar swear by it and by everything that's on it.
21 Those who swear by the temple swear by it and by everything that's part of it.
22 Those who swear by heaven swear by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.
23 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You give to God a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, but you forget about the more important matters of the Law: justice, peace, and faith. You ought to give a tenth but without forgetting about those more important matters.
24 You blind guides! You filter out an ant but swallow a camel.
25 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and plate, but inside they are full of violence and pleasure seeking.
26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup so that the outside of the cup will be clean too.
27 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs. They look beautiful on the outside. But inside they are full of dead bones and all kinds of filth.
28 In the same way you look righteous to people. But inside you are full of pretense and rebellion.
29 “How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.
30 You say, ‘If we had lived in our ancestors' days, we wouldn't have joined them in killing the prophets.'
31 You testify against yourselves that you are children of those who murdered the prophets.
32 Go ahead, complete what your ancestors did.
33 You snakes! You children of snakes! How will you be able to escape the judgment of hell?
34 Therefore, look, I'm sending you prophets, wise people, and legal experts. Some of them you will kill and crucify. And some you will beat in your synagogues and chase from city to city.
35 Therefore, upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been poured out on the earth, from the blood of that righteous man Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.
36 I assure you that all these things will come upon this generation.
37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you. How often I wanted to gather your people together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn't want that.
38 Look, your house is left to you deserted.
39 I tell you, you won't see me until you say, Blessings on the one who comes in the Lord's name."