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Parable of the Wedding Feast

1And Jesus answered and again spoke to them in parables, saying,
  2“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who prepared a wedding feast for his son,
  3and he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, but 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 said 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 said to him, ‘Friend, how did you enter here without wedding clothes?’ 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, plotted how to entrap him in his words.
  16And they sent to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are honest and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth and you are not concerned about anyone’s status because you do not show favoritism.a
  17Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay a census tax to Caesar, or not?”
  18But knowing their wickedness, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
  19Show me the coin used for the census tax.” And they brought a denariusb to him.
  20And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
  21They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said 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 some Sadducees (who say that 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 dead brother.c
  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.
  28So in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since they all had her?”
  29But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or 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, haven’t you read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
  32I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?d God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
  33And having heard that, the crowd was 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 the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.e
  38This is the greatest and most important commandment.
  39And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.f
  40On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and 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?g Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”
  43He said to them, “Then how does David, speaking by the spirit, call him ‘Lord’? For he said,
  44The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’h
  45So if David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
  46And no one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare ask him any more questions from that day on.

Lit. “look at the face of people”
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
Lit. “the Anointed One”
From Ps. 110:1

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