Matthew 22
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The Parable about a Banquet

(Luke 14:15-24)

1Again Jesus spoke to them in parables. He said, 2“The kingdom froma heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come. 4Sob he sent other servants after saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! I’ve prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened calves have been slaughtered. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding!”5But they paid no attention to this and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 6The rest grabbed the king’sc servants, treated them brutally, and then killed them. 7Then the king became outraged. He sent his troops, and they destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8“Then he told his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9So go into the roads leading out of town and invite as many people as you can find to the wedding.’ 10Those servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they found, evil and good alike, and the wedding hall was packed with guests.

11“When the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12He asked him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the mand was speechless. 13Then the king told his servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him into the darkness outside!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,e 14because many are invited, but few are chosen.”

A Question about Paying Taxes

(Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26)

15Then the Pharisees went and planned how to trap Jesusf in conversation. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.g They said, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere and that you teach the way of God truthfully. You don’t favor any individual, because you pay no attention to external appearance. 17So tell us what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18Recognizing their wickedness, Jesus asked, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.”

They brought him a denarius.h 20Then he asked them, “Whose face and name is this?”

21They told him, “Caesar’s.”

So he told them, “Then give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

22When they heard this, they were amazed. Then they left him and went away.

A Question about the Resurrection

(Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40)

23That same day some Sadducees, who claim there is no resurrection, came to Jesusi and asked him, 24“Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for his brother.’j 25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his widow to his brother. 26The same thing happened with the second brother, and then the third, and finally with the rest of the brothers.k 27Finally, the woman died, too. 28Now in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be, since all of them had marriedl her?”

29Jesus answered them, “You are mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power, 30because in the resurrection, peoplem neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like the angelsn in heaven. 31As for the resurrection from the dead, haven’t you read what was spoken to you by God when he said, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?o Hep is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

33When the crowds heard this, they were amazed at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

(Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28)

34When the Pharisees heard that Jesusq had silenced the Sadducees, they met together in the same place. 35One of them, an expert in the Law, tested him by asking, 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37Jesusr told him, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’s 38This is the greatest and most importantt commandment. 39The second is exactly like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’u 40All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

A Question about David’s Son

(Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44)

41While the Pharisees were stillv gathered, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Messiah?w Whose son is he?”

They told him, “David’s.”

43He asked them, “Then how can David by the Spirit call him ‘Lord’ when he says,

44‘The Lordx told my Lord,

“Sit at my right hand,

until I put your enemies under your feet.”’?y

45If David calls him ‘Lord’, how can he be his son?”

46No one could answer him at all,z and from that day on no one dared to ask him another question.

a 22:2 Lit. of
b 22:4 Lit. Again
c 22:6 Lit. his
d 22:12 Lit. he
e 22:13 i.e. extreme pain
f 22:15 Lit. him
g 22:16 i.e. Royal party sympathizers
h 22:19 The denarius was the usual day’s wage for a laborer.
i 22:23 Lit. him
j 22:24 Cf. Deut 25:5-6
k 22:26 Lit. with the seven
l 22:28 The Gk. lacks married
m 22:30 Lit. they
n 22:30 Other mss. read God’s angels
o 22:32 Cf. Exod 3:6
p 22:32 Other mss. read God
q 22:34 Lit. he
r 22:37 Lit. He
s 22:37 Cf. Deut 6:5
t 22:38 Or first
u 22:39 Cf. Lev 19:18
v 22:41 The Gk. lacks still
w 22:42 Or Christ
x 22:44 MT source citation reads LORD
y 22:44 Cf. Ps 110:1; MT source citation reads LORD
z 22:46 Lit. a word

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