Parable of the Wedding Feast1
And Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,
2“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who prepared a wedding feast for his son,
and sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they did not want to come.
4Again he sent out other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and the fatted cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’
But they, having paid no attention, went off; one to his own farm, another to his business,
and the rest, having seized his slaves, mistreated and killed them
The king was enraged, and so he sent his armies and
destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Then he says to his slaves, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.
Therefore, go to the main streets, and as many as you find there
, invite to the wedding feast.’
And those slaves went out on the roads and gathered together everyone that they found, both wicked and good, and the wedding feast was filled with those reclining to eat
But when the king came in to see those reclining to eat
, he saw a man there who was not clothed in wedding clothing.
And he says to him, ‘Friend, how did you enter here not having wedding clothing?’ And he was speechless.
13Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him out into the darkness outside; there will be sobbing and gnashing of teeth.
14For many are called, but few are chosen.’”
The Trap About Paying Taxes15
Then the Pharisees, having gone out, counseled together about
how to ensnare him in his
And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the path of God in truth, and are not concerned about anyone’s position
, for you do not look to the face of men.
17Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said, “Why do you tempt me, you
19Show me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought a denariusa to him.
And he says to them, “Whose image and inscription is
They say to him, “Caesar’s.” Then says he to them, “Then give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
And having heard that
, they were amazed, so they left him and
The Trap About the Resurrection23On that same day Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to him and asked him,
24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, If someone dies, having no children, his brother must marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.b
25Now there were with us seven brothers. And the first, having married, died, and having no seed left his wife to his brother.
Likewise the second also, and the third, up to the seventh.
And after them all, the woman died.
Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, for they all had her.”
29But Jesus answered and said to them, “You err, not knowing 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 concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by Yahweh, saying,
32I Yahweh am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?c
And having heard that
, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching.
Trap About the Greatest Command34
Now when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together
35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him:
“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest one
in the law?”
37And he said to him, “Love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.d
38This is the greatest and first commandment.
39And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.e
40On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and also the prophets.”
Jesus' Question About David's Son41
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question
saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They say to him, “The son
43He says to them, “Then how does David, speaking by the spirit, call him Lord, saying,
44Yahweh said to my Lord, sit on my right hand, until I put your enemies underneath your feet?f
If therefore David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
And no one was able to answer him a word, neither did anyone dare ask him any more questions
from that day on.