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Matthew 22

22
The Story of the Wedding Dinner
1Jesus told them more stories. He said, 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to the guests he’d invited to tell them to come, but they refused.
4“Then he sent out some more slaves. He said, ‘Tell those who were invited that I’ve prepared my dinner. I’ve killed the oxen and the fattened cattle. Everything is ready, so come to the wedding banquet.’
5“But the people paid no attention. One went off to his field and another went to his business. 6The rest grabbed his slaves, treated them badly, and killed them. 7This made the king so angry that he sent his army to destroy those murderers and burn down their city.
8“Then the king said to his slaves, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but the people I invited didn’t deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite anyone you can find to come to the dinner.’ 10So the slaves went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good. Soon the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“When the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who wasn’t wearing wedding clothes. 12‘Friend,’ he said, ‘how’d you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no excuses.
13“Then the king told his slaves, ‘Tie him up by his hands and feet and throw him outside into the darkness, where people will weep and grind their teeth.’
14“Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Is It Right to Pay the Royal Tax to Caesar?
15The Pharisees went out and made a plan to trap Jesus with his own words. 16They sent their disciples to him with some of the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you’re a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God truthfully. You don’t let others influence what you do or say, no matter how important they are. 17Tell us, then, what do you think? According to the law of Moses, should we pay the royal tax to Caesar?”
18But Jesus knew they had bad motives for asking. He said, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin people use for paying the tax.” They brought him a silver coin, and he asked them, 20“Whose picture is on this coin? And whose name and titles?”
21“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
22When they heard this, they were amazed. They left him and went away.
Marriage After the Dead Rise
23That same day the Sadducees, who don’t believe that people rise from the dead, came to Jesus with a question. 24“Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man marries but dies without having children, his brother has to marry the widow so she can have children to carry on her late husband’s name. 25There were seven brothers among us. The first one got married, but he died without having any children, so the next brother married his widow. 26But then the same thing happened to him, and to the third brother, right on down to the seventh brother. 27Finally, the woman died. 28Now then, when the dead rise, whose wife will she be? All seven brothers were married to her.”
29Jesus replied, “You’re going wrong here because you don’t know the Scriptures and you don’t know the power of God. 30When the dead rise, people won’t get married, and parents won’t arrange marriages for their children. Everyone will be like the angels in heaven. 31But as for whether people rise from the dead, haven’t you read what God said to you? 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He isn’t the God of the dead; he’s the God of the living.”
33When the crowds heard this, they were amazed by what Jesus taught.
The Most Important Commandment
34The Pharisees heard that the Sadducees hadn’t able to answer Jesus. So they got together, 35and one of them, an authority on the law, tested Jesus with a question. 36“Teacher,” he asked, “which commandment in the Law is the greatest?”
37Jesus answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38That is the first and most important commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40Everything written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments.”
Whose Son Is the Messiah?
41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43He said to them, “Then why does David, speaking by the Spirit, call him ‘Lord’? David said,
44“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your control.” ’
45So if David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be David’s son?” 46No one knew how to answer him, and from that day on, no one dared ask him any more questions.

Matthew 22

22
The Parable of the Wedding Celebration
1 And continuing, Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man—a king—who gave a wedding celebration for his son. 3And he sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the wedding celebration, and they did not want to come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding celebration!” ’ 5But they paid no attention and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“paid no attention”) has been translated as a finite verb went away—this one to his own field, that one to his business. 6And the others, seizing his slaves, mistreated them#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation and killed them.#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation 7And the king was angry and sent his troops and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“sent”) has been translated as a finite verb destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding celebration is ready, but those who had been invited were not worthy. 9Therefore, go out to the places where the roads exit the city and invite to the wedding celebration as many people as you find.’ 10And those slaves went out into the roads and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“went out”) has been translated as a finite verb gathered everyone whom they found, both evil and good, and the wedding celebration was filled with dinner guests.#Literally “with those reclining at table” 11But when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“came in”) which is understood as temporal the king came in to see the dinner guests,#Literally “ones reclining at table” he saw a man there not dressed in wedding clothes. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here, not having wedding clothes?’ But he could say nothing.#Literally “he was silent” 13Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot#Literally “feet and hands” and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“tie”) has been translated as a finite verb throw him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ 14For many are called but few are chosen.”
Paying Taxes to Caesar
15Then the Pharisees went and consulted#Literally “took counsel” so that they could entrap him with a statement. 16And they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not care what anyone thinks,#Literally “it is not a care to you concerning anyone” because you do not regard the opinion of people.#Literally “because you do not look at the face of men” 17Therefore tell us what you think. Is it permitted to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18But because he#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“knew”) which is understood as causal knew their maliciousness, Jesus said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? 19Show me the coin for the tax!” So they brought him a denarius. 20And he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God!” 22And when they#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal heard this,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation they were astonished, and they left him and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“left”) has been translated as a finite verb went away.
A Question About Marriage and the Resurrection
23On that day Sadducees—who say there is no resurrection—came up to him and asked him, 24saying, “Teacher, Moses said if someone dies without having children, his brother is to marry his wife and father#Literally “raise up” descendants for his brother. 25Now there were seven brothers with us. And the first died after#*Here “after” is supplied as a component of the participle (“getting married”) which is understood as temporal getting married, and because he#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“have”) which is understood as causal did not have descendants, he left his wife to his brother. 26So also the second and the third, up to the seventh. 27And last of all the woman died. 28In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her as wife.”#*The words “as wife” are not in the Greek text but are implied 29But Jesus answered and#*Here “and” is supplied because the previous participle (“answered”) has been translated as a finite verb said to them, “You are mistaken, because#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“know”) which is understood as causal you do not know the scriptures or the power of God! 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God#Some manuscripts omit “of God” in heaven. 31Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, who said, 32“I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”?#A quotation from Exod 3:6 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living!” 33And when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal the crowds heard this,#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation they were amazed at his teaching.
The Greatest Commandment
34Now when#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“heard”) which is understood as temporal the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they assembled at the same place.#Or “they assembled together” 35And one of them, a legal expert, put a question to him#*Here the direct object is supplied from context in the English translation to test him: 36“Teacher, which commandment is greatest 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.’#A quotation from Deut 6:5 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’#A quotation from Lev 19:18 40On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
David’s Son and Lord
41Now while#*Here “while” is supplied as a component of the temporal genitive absolute participle (“assembled”) the Pharisees were assembled, Jesus asked them, 42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “David’s.” 43He said to them, “How then does David, by the Spirit, call him ‘Lord,’ saying,
44‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet” ’?#A quotation from Ps 110:1
45If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how is he his son?” 46And no one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask him any more questions.#*The word “questions” is not in the Greek text but is implied