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

New Living Translation
"The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.

English Standard Version
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,

Berean Study Bible
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Berean Literal Bible
"The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man, a king, who made a wedding feast for his son.

New American Standard Bible
"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.

King James Bible
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

Christian Standard Bible
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

Contemporary English Version
The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a king gave a wedding banquet for his son.

Good News Translation
"The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

International Standard Version
"The kingdom from heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

NET Bible
"The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

New Heart English Bible
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man who was a King who made a wedding feast for his son.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who planned a wedding for his son.

New American Standard 1977
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king, who gave a wedding feast for his son.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The kingdom of the heavens is like unto a certain man, a king, who made a marriage feast for his son

King James 2000 Bible
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,

American King James Version
The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

American Standard Version
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son.

Darby Bible Translation
The kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who made a wedding feast for his son,

English Revised Version
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which made a marriage feast for his son,

Webster's Bible Translation
The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,

Weymouth New Testament
"The Kingdom of the Heavens," He said, "may be compared to a king who celebrated the marriage of his son,

World English Bible
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son,

Young's Literal Translation
'The reign of the heavens was likened to a man, a king, who made marriage-feasts for his son,
Study Bible
The Parable of the Banquet
1Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:24
Jesus presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

Matthew 22:1
Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables:

Luke 12:36
Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once.

Luke 14:16
But Jesus replied, "A certain man prepared a great banquet and invited many guests.

John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

Revelation 19:7
Let us rejoice and celebrate and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 19:9
Then the angel told me to write, "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God."

Treasury of Scripture

The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

kingdom.

Matthew 13:24,31-33,44-47
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: …

Matthew 25:1,14
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom…

which.

Matthew 25:1-13
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom…

Psalm 45:10-16
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; …

John 3:29
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.







Lexicon
“The
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heaven
οὐρανῶν (ouranōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.

is like
Ὡμοιώθη (Hōmoiōthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3666: To make like, liken; I compare. From homoios; to assimilate, i.e. Compare; passively, to become similar.

a king
βασιλεῖ (basilei)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 935: A king, ruler, but in some passages clearly to be translated: emperor. Probably from basis; a sovereign.

who
ὅστις (hostis)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3748: Whosoever, whichsoever, whatsoever.

prepared
ἐποίησεν (epoiēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

a wedding banquet
γάμους (gamous)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1062: A marriage, wedding, wedding-ceremony; plur: a wedding-feast. Of uncertain affinity; nuptials.

for
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

son.
υἱῷ (huiō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.
(2) Which made a marriage for his son.--The germ of the thought which forms the groundwork of the parable is found, in a passing allusion, in Luke 12:36--"When he shall return from the wedding." Here, for the first time, it appears in a fully developed form. The parable of Luke 14:15-24 is not specially connected with the idea of a wedding feast. The thought itself rested, in part at least, on the language of the older prophets, who spoke of God as the Bridegroom, and Israel as His bride (Isaiah 62:5), who thought of the idolatries of Israel as the adultery of the faithless wife (Jeremiah 3:1-4) who had abandoned the love of her espousals (Jeremiah 2:2). Here the prominent idea is that of the guests who are invited to the feast. The interpretation of the parable lies, so far, almost on the surface. The king is none other than God, and the wedding is that between Christ and His Church, the redeemed and purified Israel (Revelation 19:7-9). We have to remember the truth, which the form of the parable excludes, that the guests themselves, so far as they obey the call, and are clothed in the wedding garment, are, in their collective unity, the Church which is the bride. (Comp. Ephesians 5:23-27.)

Verse 2. - The kingdom of heaven is like (comp. Matthew 20:1. This parable supplements that of the wicked husbandmen. As that referred to Jewish times, so this refers to gospel times. The householder in the one becomes the king in the other; one demands work and duty, the other bestows gifts and blessings; one is angered at ingratitude for favours received, the other punishes for contempt of offered bounty. A certain king; ἀνθρώπῳ βασιλεῖ: a man a king, even God the Father, the expression denoting "the Almighty's wonderful condescension, as assimilating himself to our infirmities in his dispensations towards us" (I. Williams). Made a marriage; γάμους: marriage festivities; the plural perhaps denoting the days consumed in the celebration (see Genesis 29:27; Judges 14:12; Tobit 8:19, 20). Morison compares our English word "nuptials." In the Old Testament, Jehovah is the Husband of his Church; in the New, Christ is represented as married to the spiritual Israel, which takes the place of the older dispensation. For his son. Jesus Christ, whose intimate union with his Church is often represented under the figure of a marriage (see Matthew 9:15; John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23, 32; Revelation 19:7). 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.
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