1Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again, 2'The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son's wedding. 3He sent his servants to cal those who had been invited, but they would not come. 4Next he sent some more servants with the words, "Tel those who have been invited: Look, mybanquet is al prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to thewedding." 5But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, 6and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and kil ed them. 7The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town. 8Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to beunworthy, 9go to the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come to the wedding." 10So these servants went out onto the roads and col ected together everyone they could find, bad andgood alike; and the wedding hal was fil ed with guests. 11When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a weddinggarment, 12and said to him, "How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?" And the man wassilent. 13Then the king said to the attendants, "Bind him hand and foot and throw him into the darknessoutside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth." 14For many are invited but not al are chosen.' 15Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap him in what he said. 16And they sent their disciples to him, together with some Herodians, to say, 'Master, we know that youare an honest man and teach the way of God in all honesty, and that you are not afraid of anyone, becausehuman rank means nothing to you. 17Give us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?' 18But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, 'You hypocrites! Why are you putting me to thetest? 19Show me the money you pay the tax with.' They handed him a denarius, 20and he said, 'Whose portrait is this? Whose title?' 21They replied, 'Caesar's.' Then he said to them, 'Very wel , pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar -- andGod what belongs to God.' 22When they heard this they were amazed; they left him alone and went away. 23That day some Sadducees -- who deny that there is a resurrection -- approached him and they putthis question to him, 24'Master, Moses said that if a man dies childless, his brother is to marry the widow, his sister-in-law, toraise children for his brother. 25Now we had a case involving seven brothers; the first married and then died without children, leavinghis wife to his brother; 26the same thing happened with the second and third and so on to the seventh, 27and then last of al the woman herself died. 28Now at the resurrection, whose wife among the seven wil she be, since she had been married tothem al ?' 29Jesus answered them, 'You are wrong, because you understand neither the scriptures nor the powerof God. 30For at the resurrection men and women do not marry; no, they are like the angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you never read what God himself said to you: 32I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is God, not of the dead, but ofthe living.' 33And his teaching made a deep impression on the people who heard it. 34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together 35and, to put him to the test, one of them put a further question, 36'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' 37Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with al your heart, with al your soul, and with alyour mind. 38This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. 40On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.' 41While the Pharisees were gathered round, Jesus put to them this question, 42'What is your opinion about the Christ? Whose son is he?' They told him, 'David's.' 43He said to them, 'Then how is it that David, moved by the Spirit, cal s him Lord, where he says: 44The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand, til I have made your enemies yourfootstool? 45'If David cal s him Lord, how then can he be his son?' 46No one could think of anything to say in reply, and from that day no one dared to ask him any furtherquestions.
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