Matthew 22-23 American Standard Version

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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.

The Question about the Resurrection

23  On that day there came to him Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection: and they asked him, 24  saying, Teacher, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25  Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first married and deceased, and having no seed left his wife unto his brother; 26  in like manner the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27  And after them all, the woman died. 28  In the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. 29  But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven. 31  But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32  I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not [the God] of the dead, but of the living. 33  And when the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Great Commandment

34  But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, gathered themselves together. 35  And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him: 36  Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 37  And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38  This is the great and first commandment. 39  And a second like [unto it] is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40  On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

The Question about David's Son

41  Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42  saying, What think ye of the Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, [The son] of David. 43  He saith unto them, How then doth David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 44  The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet? 45  If David then calleth him Lord, how is he his son? 46  And no one was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Jesus Denounces the Scribes and Pharisees

23 1  Then spake Jesus to the multitudes and to his disciples, 2  saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat: 3  all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, [these] do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not. 4  Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. 5  But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders [of their garments], 6  and love the chief place at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7  and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi. 8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. 9  And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, [even] he who is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, [even] the Christ. 11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter. 14  [Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, even while for a pretence ye make long prayers: therefore ye shall receive greater condemnation.] 15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves. 16  Woe unto you, ye blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. 17  Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold? 18  And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is a debtor. 19  Ye blind: for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20  He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21  And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22  And he that sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone. 24  Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel! 25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full from extortion and excess. 26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also. 27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, 30  and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31  Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. 32  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33  Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?

34  Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: 35  that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. 36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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