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Chapter 22

1And Jesus spoke to them again in figures, and said,

2“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king, who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3And he sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, and they would not come. 4He sent other slaves a second time, and said to them, ‘Tell those who have been asked, “Here I have my banquet all ready, my bullocks and fat cattle are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!” ’ 5But they took no notice of it, and went off, one to his estate, and another to his business, 6and the rest seized his slaves, and ill treated them and killed them. 7This made the king angry, and he sent his troops and put those murderers to death and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited have proved unworthy of it. 9So go out where the roads leave the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ 10So his slaves went out on the roads, and got together all the people they could find, good or bad, and the hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw among them a man who did not have on wedding clothes. 12And he said to him, ‘My friend, how did you happen to come here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. 13Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the darkness, there to weep and grind his teeth.’ 14For many are invited but few chosen.”

15Then the Pharisees went and made a plot to entrap him in argument. 16So they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, to say to him,

“Master, we know that you tell the truth, and teach the way of God with sincerity, regardless of the consequences, for you are impartial. 17So give us your opinion: Is it right to pay the poll-tax to the emperor, or not?”

18But he saw their malice, and said,

19“Why do you put me to such a test, you hypocrites? Show me the poll-tax coin!”

And they brought him a denarius. 20And he said to them,

“Whose head and title is this?”

21They answered,

“The emperor’s.”

Then he said to them,

“Then pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay God what belongs to God!”

22And when they heard it they were amazed, and they went away and left him.

23On the same day some Sadducees came up to him, claiming that there is no resurrection, and they asked him this question:

24“Master, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without children his brother shall marry his widow, and raise up a family for him.’ 25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first of them married and died, and as he had no children, he left his wife to his brother; 26so did the second, and the third, and the rest of the seven. 27After them all the woman died. 28At the resurrection which one’s wife will she be? For they all married her.”

29Jesus answered them,

“You are wrong, because you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30For after the resurrection there is no marrying or being married, but they live as angels do in heaven. 31But as to the resurrection of the dead, did you never read what was said to you by God, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of dead men but of living!”

33When the crowd heard this, they were astounded at his teaching.

34And when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, an expert in the Law, to test him, asked,

36“Master, what command is greatest in the Law?”

37And he said to him,

“ ‘You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.’ 38That is the great, first command. 39There is a second like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as you do yourself.’ 40These two commands sum up the whole of the Law and the Prophets.”

41While the Pharisees were still gathered there, Jesus asked them,

42“What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?”

They said to him,

“David’s.”

43He said to them,

“How is it then that David under the Spirit’s influence calls him lord, and says,

44“ ‘The Lord has said to my lord, “Sit at my right hand,

Until I put your enemies under your feet” ’?

45So if David calls him lord, how can he be his son?”

46And no one could make him any answer, and from that day no one ventured to ask him any more questions.

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