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Matthew 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Parable of the Wedding Feast

(Luk 14:15–24 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:1 - And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:2 - “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:3 - and sent his servants[fn] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:4 - Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:5 - But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:6 - while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:7 - The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:8 - Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:9 - Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:10 - And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:11 - “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:12 - And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:13 - Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:14 - For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

(Mar 12:13–17; Luk 20:20–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:15 - Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:16 - And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:17 - Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:18 - But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:19 - Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:20 - And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:21 - They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:22 - When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

(Mar 12:18–27; Luk 20:27–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:23 - The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:24 - saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:25 - Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:26 - So too the second and third, down to the seventh.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:27 - After them all, the woman died.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:28 - In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:29 - But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:30 - For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:31 - And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God:
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:32 - ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:33 - And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Great Commandment

(Mar 12:28–34; Luk 10:25–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:34 - But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:35 - And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:36 - “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:37 - And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:38 - This is the great and first commandment.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:39 - And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:40 - On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Whose Son Is the Christ?

(Mar 12:35–37; Luk 20:41–44 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:41 - Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:42 - saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:43 - He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:44 - “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:45 - If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:46 - And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
ESV Footnotes
Or bondservants; also verses 4, 6, 8, 10
Greek for you do not look at people’s faces
A denarius was a day’s wage for a laborer

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