1Jesus told them more stories. He said,2“Here is what the kingdom of heaven is like. A king prepared a wedding dinner for his son.3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the dinner. The servants told them to come. But they refused.4“Then he sent some more servants. He said, ‘Tell those who were invited that I have prepared my dinner. I have killed my oxen and my fattest cattle. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding dinner.’5“But the people paid no attention. One went away to his field. Another went away to his business.6The rest grabbed his servants. They treated them badly and then killed them.7“The king became very angry. He sent his army to destroy them. They killed those murderers and burned their city.8“Then the king said to his servants, ‘The wedding dinner is ready. But those I invited were not fit to come.9Go to the street corners. Invite to the dinner anyone you can find.’10So the servants went out into the streets. They gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad. Soon the wedding hall was filled with guests.11“The king came in to see the guests. He noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.12‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man couldn't think of anything to say.13“Then the king told his servants, ‘Tie up his hands and feet. Throw him outside into the darkness. Out there people will sob and grind their teeth.’14“Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Is It Right to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
15The Pharisees went out. They made plans to trap Jesus with his own words.16They sent their followers to him. They sent the Herodians with them. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of honor. You teach the way of God truthfully. You don't let others tell you what to do or say. You don't care how important they are.17Tell us then, what do you think? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”18But Jesus knew their evil plans. He said, “You pretenders! Why are you trying to trap me?19Show me the coin people use for paying the tax.” They brought him a silver coin.20He asked them, “Whose picture is this? And whose words?”21“Caesar's,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. And give to God what belongs to God.”22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
Marriage When the Dead Rise
23That same day the Sadducees came to Jesus with a question. They do not believe that people rise from the dead.24“Teacher,” they said, “here is what Moses told us. If a man dies without having children, his brother must get married to the widow. He must have children to carry on his brother's name.25There were seven brothers among us. The first one got married and died. Since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.26The same thing happened to the second and third brothers. It happened right on down to the seventh brother.27Finally, the woman died.28Now then, when the dead rise, whose wife will she be? All seven of them were married to her.”29Jesus replied, “You are mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures. And you do not know the power of God.30When the dead rise, they won't get married. And their parents won't give them to be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.31“What about the dead rising? Haven't you read what God said to you?32He said, ‘I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living.” (Ex 3:6)33When the crowds heard this, they were amazed by what he taught.
The Most Important Commandment
34The Pharisees heard that the Sadducees weren't able to answer Jesus. So the Pharisees got together.35One of them was an authority on the law. So he tested Jesus with a question.36“Teacher,” he asked, “which is the most important commandment in the Law?”37Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.’ (De 6:5)38This is the first and most important commandment.39And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ (Le 19:18)40Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments.”
Whose Son Is the Christ?
41The Pharisees were gathered together. Jesus asked them,42“What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied.43He said to them, “Then why does David call him ‘Lord’? The Holy Spirit spoke through David himself. David said,44“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your control.” ’ (Ps 110:1)45So if David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be David's son?”46No one could answer him with a single word. From that day on, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
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The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, (Mt 13:34)2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, (Lu 14:16; Re 19:7)3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. (Es 6:14; Pr 9:3; Pr 9:5)4Again 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.”’ (Pr 9:2; Mt 21:36; Lu 11:38; Joh 21:12; Joh 21:15)5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, (Heb 2:3)6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. (Mt 21:35; Lu 18:32; Ac 14:5; 1Th 2:2)7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. (Mt 21:41; Lu 19:27)8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. (Mt 10:11; Lu 20:35; Ac 13:46; Re 3:4)9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’10And 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. (Mt 13:47)11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. (Re 19:8; Re 22:14)12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. (Mt 20:13; Mt 26:50)13Then 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.’ (Mt 8:12)14For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Re 17:14)
Paying Taxes to Caesar
15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. (Mr 12:13; Lu 11:54; Lu 20:20)16And 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. (Mr 2:18; Mr 3:6; Mr 8:15; Joh 3:2; Ac 10:34; Ac 13:10; Ac 18:26)17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” (Mt 17:25; Lu 2:1; Lu 3:1)18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? (Joh 8:6)19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”21They 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.” (Ro 13:7)22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. (Mr 12:12)
Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
23The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, (Mt 3:7; Mt 16:1; Mt 22:34; Ac 4:1; Ac 4:2; Ac 5:17; Ac 23:6; Ac 23:8)24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ (De 25:5)25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother.26So too the second and third, down to the seventh.27After them all, the woman died.28In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”29But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. (Joh 20:9; 1Co 6:14)30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. (Mt 24:38; Lu 17:27)31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: (Mt 21:16)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.” (Ex 3:6; Ac 7:32)33And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching. (Mt 7:28)
The Great Commandment
34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. (Mt 22:23; Mr 12:28)35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. (Mt 22:18; Lu 7:30; Lu 10:25)36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”37And 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. (De 6:5; Lu 10:27)38This is the great and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Le 19:18; Mt 19:19; 1Jo 4:21)40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Mt 7:12; Ro 13:8; Ro 13:10; Ga 5:14)
Whose Son Is the Christ?
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, (Mt 22:34; Mr 12:35; Lu 20:41)42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” (Mt 1:1; Mt 1:17)43He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, (2Sa 23:2; Re 1:10; Re 4:2)44“‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? (Ps 110:1; Ac 2:34; 1Co 15:25; Heb 1:13; Heb 10:13)45If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” (Ro 1:3)46And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Mr 12:34; Lu 14:6; Lu 20:40)