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Matthew 22

ESV 1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, MSG 1 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. ESV 2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, MSG 2 "God's kingdom," he said, "is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. ESV 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. MSG 3 He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn't come! ESV 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' MSG 4 "He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, 'Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!' ESV 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, MSG 5 "They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. ESV 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. MSG 6 The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. ESV 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. MSG 7 The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city. ESV 8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. MSG 8 "Then he told his servants, 'We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren't up to it. ESV 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' MSG 9 Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.' ESV 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. MSG 10 The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on - every place filled. ESV 11 "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. MSG 11 "When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn't properly dressed. ESV 12 And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. MSG 12 He said to him, 'Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!' The man was speechless. ESV 13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' MSG 13 Then the king told his servants, 'Get him out of here - fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn't get back in.' ESV 14 For many are called, but few are chosen." MSG 14 "That's what I mean when I say, 'Many get invited; only a few make it.'" ESV 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. MSG 15 That's when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. ESV 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. MSG 16 They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod's followers mixed in, to ask, "Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don't pander to your students. ESV 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" MSG 17 So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" ESV 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? MSG 18 Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, "Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? ESV 19 Show me the coin for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. MSG 19 Do you have a coin? Let me see it." They handed him a silver piece. ESV 20 And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" MSG 20 "This engraving - who does it look like? And whose name is on it?" ESV 21 They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." MSG 21 They said, "Caesar." "Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his." ESV 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. MSG 22 The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads. ESV 23 The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, MSG 23 That same day, Sadducees approached him. This is the party that denies any possibility of resurrection. ESV 24 saying, "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.' MSG 24 They asked, "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies childless, his brother is obligated to marry his widow and get her with child. ESV 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother. MSG 25 Here's a case where there were seven brothers. The first brother married and died, leaving no child, and his wife passed to his brother. ESV 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. MSG 26 The second brother also left her childless, then the third - and on and on, all seven. ESV 27 After them all, the woman died. MSG 27 Eventually the wife died. ESV 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her." MSG 28 Now here's our question: At the resurrection, whose wife is she? She was a wife to each of them." ESV 29 But Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. MSG 29 Jesus answered, "You're off base on two counts: You don't know your Bibles, and you don't know how God works. ESV 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. MSG 30 At the resurrection we're beyond marriage. As with the angels, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. ESV 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: MSG 31 And regarding your speculation on whether the dead are raised or not, don't you read your Bibles? The grammar is clear: God says, ESV 32 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not God of the dead, but of the living." MSG 32 'I am - not was - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.' The living God defines himself not as the God of dead men, but of the living." ESV 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching. MSG 33 Hearing this exchange the crowd was much impressed. ESV 34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. MSG 34 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. ESV 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. MSG 35 One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: ESV 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" MSG 36 "Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?" ESV 37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. MSG 37 Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' ESV 38 This is the great and first commandment. MSG 38 This is the most important, the first on any list. ESV 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. MSG 39 But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' ESV 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." MSG 40 These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." ESV 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, MSG 41 As the Pharisees were regrouping, Jesus caught them off balance with his own test question: ESV 42 saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." MSG 42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said, "David's son." ESV 43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, MSG 43 Jesus replied, "Well, if the Christ is David's son, how do you explain that David, under inspiration, named Christ his 'Master'? ESV 44 "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet'? MSG 44 God said to my Master, "Sit here at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool." ESV 45 If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?" MSG 45 "Now if David calls him 'Master,' how can he at the same time be his son?" ESV 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. MSG 46 That stumped them, literalists that they were. Unwilling to risk losing face again in one of these public verbal exchanges, they quit asking questions for good.

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