Matthew 22:1-22 New American Standard Bible

The Parable of the Marriage Feast

22 1  Jesus spoke to them again in parables , saying , 2  " The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king e who gave a wedding feast for his son . 3  "And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast , and they were unwilling e to come . 4  "Again he sent out other slaves saying , 'Tell those who have been invited , "Behold , I have prepared my dinner ; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready ; come to the wedding feast ."' 5  "But they paid no attention and went their way , one to his own farm , another e to his business , 6  and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. 7  "But the king was enraged , and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire . 8  "Then he said to his slaves , 'The wedding is ready , but those who were invited were not worthy . 9  'Go therefore to the main highways , and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast .' 10  "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found , both evil and good ; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests . 11  "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests , he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes , 12  and he said to him, ' Friend , how did you come in here without e wedding clothes ?' And the man was speechless . 13  "Then the king said to the servants , 'Bind him hand and foot , and throw 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 together how they might trap Him in what He said . 16  And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians , saying , "Teacher , we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth , and defer to no one ; for You are not partial e to any . 17  "Tell us then , what do You think ? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar , or not?" 18  But Jesus perceived their malice , and said , "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites ? 19  "Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax ." And they brought Him a denarius . 20  And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this ?" 21  They said to Him, "Caesar's ." Then He said to them, " Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's ; and to God the things that are God's ." 22  And hearing this, they were amazed , and leaving Him, they went away .

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