Of the Marriage of the King's Son, to which the Multitudes were Invited; and of the Order in which Matthew Introduces that Section as Compared With
139. Matthew goes on as follows: "And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spake of them: and when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude, because they took Him for a prophet. And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding, and they would not come;" and so on, down to the words, "For many are called, but few are chosen." [1163] This parable concerning the guests who were invited to the wedding is related only by Matthew. Luke also records something which resembles it. But that is really a different passage, as the order itself sufficiently indicates, although there is some similarity between the two. [1164] The matters introduced, however, by Matthew immediately after the parable concerning the vineyard, and the killing of the son of the head of the house, -- namely, the Jews' perception that this whole discourse was directed against them, and their beginning to contrive treacherous schemes against Him, -- are attested likewise by Mark and Luke, who also keep the same order in inserting them. [1165] But after this paragraph they proceed to another subject, and immediately subjoin a passage which Matthew has also indeed introduced in due order, but only subsequently to this parable of the marriage, which he alone has put on record here.


[1163] Matthew 21:45xxii. 14.

[1164] Luke 14:16-24.

[1165] Mark 12:12; Luke 20:19.

chapter lxx of the two sons
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