Matthew 22:1-22 English Standard Version

The Parable of the Marriage Feast

22 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2   "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3  and sent his servants[1] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4   Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' 5  But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6  while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7  The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8  Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9  Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' 10  And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11  "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12  And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13  Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14  For many are called, but few are chosen."

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15  Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16  And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.[2] 17  Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18  But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19  Show me the coin for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.[3] 20  And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" 21  They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 22  When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Footnotes

[1] 22:3 Greek bondservants; also verses 4, 6, 8, 10

[2] 22:16 Greek for you do not look at people's faces

[3] 22:19 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

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