Parable of the Marriage Feast
1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,
2“The kingdom of heaven Lit has been compared tois like Lit a man, a kinga king who Lit madeheld a wedding feast for his son.
3And he sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened cattle are all butchered and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!” ’
5But they paid no attention and went their separate ways, one to his own Or fieldfarm, another to his business,
6and the rest seized his slaves and treated them abusively, and then killed them.
7Now the king was angry, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
8Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9So go to the main roads, and invite whomever you find there to the wedding feast.’
10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good; and the wedding hall was filled with Lit those reclining at the tabledinner guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look over the Lit those reclining at the table dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,
12and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
13Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place.’
14For many are Or invitedcalled, but few are chosen.”
Poll-tax to Caesar
15Then the Pharisees went and Lit took counselplotted together how they might trap Him Lit in wordin what He said.
16And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and Lit it is not a concern to You about anyone;do not care what anyone thinks; for You Lit do not look at the face of peopleare not partial to anyone.
17Tell us then, what do You think? Is it Or lawful; i.e., by Jewish law and traditionpermissible to pay a I.e., a tax on each person in the censuspoll-tax to Caesar, or not?”
18But Jesus perceived their Or wickednessmalice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
19Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborerdenarius.
20And He *said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21They *said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He *said to them, “Then pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”
22And hearing this, they were amazed; and they left Him and went away.
Jesus Answers the Sadducees
23On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Lit HimJesus and questioned Him,
24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up Lit seedchildren for his brother.’
25Now there were seven brothers among us; and the first married and died, and having no Lit seedchildren, he left his wife to his brother.
26It was the same also with the second brother, and the third, down to the seventh.
27Last of all, the woman died.
28In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her in marriage.
29But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, since you do not Or knowunderstand the Scriptures nor the power of God.
30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
31But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:
32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
33When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
34But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
35And one of them, I.e., an expert in the Mosaic Lawa lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him:
36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
37And 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.’
38This is the great and Or firstforemost commandment.
39The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40Upon these two commandments I.e., completely dependhang the whole Law and the Prophets.”
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:
42“What do you think about the I.e., MessiahChrist? Whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “The son of David.”
43He *said to them, “Then Or in what sense doeshow does David I.e., by inspirationin the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Until I put Your enemies under Your feet” ’?
45 Therefore, if David calls Him ‘Lord,’ Or in what sense is how is He his son?”
46No one was able to offer Him a word in answer, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him any more questions.