Matthew 22:1
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New International Version
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

New Living Translation
Jesus also told them other parables. He said,

English Standard Version
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,

New American Standard Bible
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,

King James Bible
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables:

International Standard Version
Again Jesus spoke to them in parables. He said,

NET Bible
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Again, Yeshua answered in a parable, and he said:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again Jesus used stories as illustrations when he spoke to them. He said,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables and said,

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said,

American King James Version
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

American Standard Version
And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus answering spoke to them again in parables, saying,

English Revised Version
And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus answered, and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

Weymouth New Testament
Again Jesus spoke to them in figurative language.

World English Bible
Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus answering, again spake to them in similes, saying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1-14 The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel, is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food, but a royal feast, for the perishing souls of his rebellious creatures. There is enough and to spare, of every thing that can add to our present comfort and everlasting happiness, in the salvation of his Son Jesus Christ. The guests first invited were the Jews. When the prophets of the Old Testament prevailed not, nor John the Baptist, nor Christ himself, who told them the kingdom of God was at hand, the apostles and ministers of the gospel were sent, after Christ's resurrection, to tell them it was come, and to persuade them to accept the offer. The reason why sinners come not to Christ and salvation by him, is, not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ, and of the great salvation wrought out by him, is the damning sin of the world. They were careless. Multitudes perish for ever through mere carelessness, who show no direct aversion, but are careless as to their souls. Also the business and profit of worldly employments hinder many in closing with the Saviour. Both farmers and merchants must be diligent; but whatever we have of the world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ. The utter ruin coming upon the Jewish church and nation, is here represented. Persecution of Christ's faithful ministers fills up the measure of guilt of any people. The offer of Christ and salvation to the Gentiles was not expected; it was such a surprise as it would be to wayfaring men, to be invited to a royal wedding-feast. The design of the gospel is to gather souls to Christ; all the children of God scattered abroad, Joh 10:16; 11:52. The case of hypocrites is represented by the guest that had not on a wedding-garment. It concerns all to prepare for the scrutiny; and those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, who have a Christian temper of mind, who live by faith in Christ, and to whom he is all in all, have the wedding-garment. The imputed righteousness of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit, are both alike necessary. No man has the wedding-garment by nature, or can form it for himself. The day is coming, when hypocrites will be called to account for all their presumptuous intruding into gospel ordinances, and usurpation of gospel privileges. Take him away. Those that walk unworthy of Christianity, forfeit all the happiness they presumptuously claimed. Our Saviour here passes out of the parable into that which it teaches. Hypocrites go by the light of the gospel itself down to utter darkness. Many are called to the wedding-feast, that is, to salvation, but few have the wedding-garment, the righteousness of Christ, the sanctification of the Spirit. Then let us examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and seek to be approved by the King.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 1-14. - Parable of the marriage of the king's son. (Peculiar to St. Matthew.) Verse 1. - Jesus answered and spake unto them. After they had heard our Lord's words at the end of the last chapter, the Pharisees, according to St. Mark, "left him, and went their way," so that this parable was spoken in the audience of the disciples and the attendant multitude alone, without the former disturbing element. This fact may account for its exhibiting certain merciful and gracious features, setting forth the privilege rather than the duty of obeying the gospel call. The term "answered" often does not signify a reply given to some distinct question, but is equivalent to "took occasion to observe" (comp. Matthew 11:25, etc.). Here the occasion was the insidious schemes of his enemies. Again. With reference to the two parables in the preceding chapter. Parables. The plural denotes the class to which the discourse belongs; or it may refer to the many parabolic details contained herein. Only one parable follows. This bears great resemblance to the parable of the great supper (Luke 14.), which, however, was spoken at an earlier period, in another locality, and with a different object, and disagrees in many details, especially in the absence of the wedding garment. Christ, doubtless, often repeated his parables with variations in particulars to suit time, audiences, and circumstances.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again,.... Not to the multitude only, but to the chief priests, elders, Scribes, and Pharisees: for though Mark seems to intimate, that upon the delivery of the last parable of the vineyard, they left him, and went their way; yet since he does not relate the following parable, they might not leave him until they had heard that, which is spoken with much the same design as the former, and might increase their resentment the more: or if the chief priests and elders did go away, the Pharisees remained behind, as is clear from Matthew 22:15 to whom he spake

by parables, similitudes, and comparisons, taken from earthly things, and against whom he directed the following one;

and said, as hereafter related.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary


Mt 22:1-14. Parable of the Marriage of the King's Son.

This is a different parable from that of the Great Supper, in Lu 14:15, &c., and is recorded by Matthew alone.

Matthew 22:1 Additional Commentaries
The Parable of the Banquet
1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:3
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.

Matthew 21:46
They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

Matthew 22:2
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
Treasury of Scripture

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said,

Matthew 9:15-17 And Jesus said to them, Can the children of the bridal chamber mourn, …

Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry …

Matthew 13:3-11 And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower …

Matthew 20:1-16 For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…

Matthew 21:28-46 But what think you? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the …

Mark 4:33,34 And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were …

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

Luke 14:16 Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

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