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Parable of the Wedding Feast

1And 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,
  3and 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.”’
  5But they, having paid no attention, went off; one to his own farm, another to his business,
  6and the rest, having seized his slaves, mistreated and killed them.
  7The king was enraged, and so he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
  8Then he says to his slaves, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy.
  9Therefore, go to the main streets, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’
  10And 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.
  11But when the king came in to see those reclining to eat, he saw a man there who had not been clothed in wedding clothing.
  12And he says to him, ‘Friend, how did you enter here without a wedding garment?’ 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 Taxes

15Then the Pharisees, having gone out, counseled together about how to ensnare him in his talk.
  16And 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 pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”
  18But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said, “Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?
  19Show me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought a denariusa to him.
  20And he says to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
  21They 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.”
  22And having heard that, they were amazed, so they left him and went away.

The Trap About the Resurrection

23On 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 married and died, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.
  26Likewise the second also, and the third, up to the seventh.
  27And after them all, the woman died.
  28Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, for they all had her.”
  29But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are in error, because you do not know 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 God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
  33And having heard that, the multitudes were astonished at his teaching.

Trap About the Greatest Command

34Now 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:
  36“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 Son

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
  42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They say to him, “The son of David.”
  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
  45So if David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
  46And no one was able to answer him a word, neither did anyone dare ask him any more questions from that day on.

A denarius was a coin that was one day’s wage for a laborer.
From Deut. 25:5.
From Exod. 3:6. The Hebrew text of Matt. adds “Yahweh.”
From Deut. 6:5.
From Lev. 19:18.
From Ps. 110:1.

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