The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22:1And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying, 22:2The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, 22:3and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come.22:4Again 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. 22:5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise; 22:6and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. 22:7But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 22:8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. 22:9Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.22:10And 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.
22:11But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: 22:12and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. 22:13Then 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. 22:14For many are called, but few chosen.
Cf. Luke 14:16-24
The Question about Paying Taxes
22:15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might ensnare him in his talk. 22:16And 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. 22:17Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 22:18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why make ye trial of me, ye hypocrites? 22:19Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a denarius. 22:20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 22:21They 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. 22:22And when they heard it, they marvelled, and left him, and went away.
The Question about the Resurrection
22:23On that day there came to him Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection: and they asked him, 22:24saying, Teacher, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 22:25Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first married and deceased, and having no seed left his wife unto his brother; 22:26in like manner the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 22:27And after them all, the woman died. 22:28In the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
22:29But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven. 22:31But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32I 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. 22:33And when the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
The Greatest Commandent
22:34But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, gathered themselves together. 22:35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him: 22:36Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 22:37And 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. 22:38This is the great and first commandment. 22:39And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 22:40On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.
The Question about David's Son
22:41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 22:42saying, What think ye of the Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 22:43He saith unto them, How then doth David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,
22:44The Lord said unto my Lord,
Sit thou on my right hand,
Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet?
22:45If David then calleth him Lord, how is he his son? 22:46And no one was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
Preceding Entry: Matthew 21
Following Entry: Matthew 23