Parable of the Great Banquet
Interwoven Gospels

Now when one of those reclining at table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God." Then He said to him, "A certain man made a great banquet, and invited many. And he sent his servants at the hour of the banquet, to say to those invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready." And they all alike began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must of necessity go out and see it; I pray thee, excuse me." And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to try them; I pray thee, excuse me." And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come." And the servant came and reported these things to his lord. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in hither the poor and maimed and blind and lame." And the servant said, 'Lord, what thou didst command, hath been done, and still there is room." And the lord said to the servant, 'Go out into the highway and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may be filled; for I say to you, that not one of those men who were invited shall taste of my banquet."
Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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