Matthew 22:1-22 American Standard Version

The Parable of the Marriage Feast

22 1  And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying, 2  The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, 3  and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come. 4  Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage feast. 5  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise; 6  and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7  But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. 9  Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast. 10  And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was filled with guests. 11  But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: 12  and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. 13  Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 14  For many are called, but few chosen.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15  Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might ensnare him in [his] talk. 16  And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17  Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18  But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why make ye trial of me, ye hypocrites? 19  Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a denarius. 20  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21  They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 22  And when they heard it, they marvelled, and left him, and went away.

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