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Matthew 22 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:1 - Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:2 - “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:3 - He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:4 - “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:5 - “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:6 - The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:7 - The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:8 - “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:9 - So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:10 - So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:11 - “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:12 - He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:13 - “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:14 - “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:15 - Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:16 - They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:17 - Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[fn] to Caesar or not?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:18 - But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:19 - Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:20 - and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:21 - “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:22 - When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Marriage at the Resurrection

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:23 - That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:24 - “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:25 - Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:26 - The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:27 - Finally, the woman died.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:28 - Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:29 - Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:30 - At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:31 - But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:32 - ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[fn]? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:33 - When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:34 - Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:35 - One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:36 - “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:37 - Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:38 - This is the first and greatest commandment.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:39 - And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:40 - All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:41 - While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:42 - “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:43 - He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:44 - “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:45 - If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 22:46 - No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
NIV Footnotes
A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
Exodus 3:6
Deut. 6:5
Lev. 19:18
Psalm 110:1
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