22 In further reply Jesus again spoke to them with illustrations, saying:+ 2 “The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man, a king, that made a marriage feast+ for his son. 3 And he sent forth his slaves to call those invited to the marriage feast,+ but they were unwilling to come.+ 4 Again he sent forth other slaves,+ saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Look! I have prepared my dinner,+ my bulls and fattened animals are slaughtered, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast.”’+ 5 But unconcerned they went off, one to his own field, another to his commercial business;+ 6 but the rest, laying hold of his slaves, treated them insolently and killed them.+ 7 “But the king grew wrathful, and sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.+ 8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The marriage feast indeed is ready, but those invited were not worthy.+ 9 Therefore go to the roads leading out of the city, and anyone* YOU find invite to the marriage feast.’+ 10 Accordingly those slaves went out to the roads and gathered together all they found, both wicked and good;+ and the room for the wedding ceremonies was filled with those reclining+ at the table. 11 “When the king came in to inspect the guests he caught sight there of a man not clothed with a marriage garment.+ 12 So he said to him, ‘Fellow, how did you get in here not having on a marriage garment?’+ He was rendered speechless. 13 Then the king said to his servants,* ‘Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the darkness outside. There is where [his] weeping and the gnashing* of [his] teeth will be.’+ 14 “For there are many invited, but few chosen.”+ 15 Then the Pharisees went their way and took counsel together in order to trap him in his speech.+ 16 So they dispatched to him their disciples, together with party followers of Herod,*+ saying: “Teacher, we know you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and you do not care for anybody, for you do not look upon men’s outward appearance.+ 17 Tell us, therefore, What do you think? Is it lawful to pay head tax to Caesar* or not?”+ 18 But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said: “Why do YOU put me to the test, hypocrites?+ 19 Show me the head tax coin.” They brought him a de·narʹi·us.* 20 And he said to them: “Whose image* and inscription is this?”+ 21 They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back,* therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”+ 22 Well, when they heard [that], they marveled, and leaving him they went off.+ 23 On that day Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection,* came up to him and asked him:+ 24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If any man dies without having children, his brother must take his wife in marriage and raise up offspring for his brother.’+ 25 Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and deceased, and, not having offspring, he left his wife for his brother.+ 26 It went the same way also with the second and the third, until through all seven.+ 27 Last of all the woman died. 28 Consequently, in the resurrection, to which of the seven will she be wife? For they all got her.”+ 29 In reply Jesus said to them: “YOU are mistaken, because YOU know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God;+ 30 for in the resurrection neither do men marry nor are women given in marriage,+ but are as angels in heaven. 31 As regards the resurrection of the dead, did YOU not read what was spoken to YOU by God, saying,+ 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’?+ He is the God,* not of the dead, but of the living.”+ 33 On hearing [that], the crowds were astounded at his teaching.+ 34 After the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they came together in one group. 35 And one of them, versed in the Law,+ asked, testing him: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”+ 37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah* your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’+ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 The second, like it, is this, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’+ 40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.”+ 41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together Jesus asked them:+ 42 “What do YOU think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him: “David’s.”+ 43 He said to them: “How, then, is it that David by inspiration*+ calls him ‘Lord,’ saying, 44 ‘Jehovah* said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies beneath your feet”’?+ 45 If, therefore, David calls him ‘Lord,’ how is he his son?”+ 46 And nobody was able to say a word in reply to him, nor did anyone dare from that day on to question him any further.+
^ Or, “as many as.”
^ Or, “to his ministers (attendants).” Gr., tois di·a·koʹnois; Lat., mi·niʹstris; J22(Heb.), lam·sha·rethimʹ.
^ Or, “grinding; clenching.”
^ Or, “with the Herodians.”
^ Or, “to the Emperor.” Gr., Kaiʹsa·ri; Lat., Caeʹsa·ri; J22(Heb.), laq·Qeh·sarʹ.
^ “Image.” Gr., ei·konʹ; Lat., i·maʹgo; J22(Heb.), had·demuthʹ, “the image.”
^ Lit., “Give you back.” Gr., A·poʹdo·te; Lat., redʹdi·te; J17,22(Heb.), tenuʹ.
^ “Resurrection.” Gr., a·naʹsta·sin, “raising up; standing up” (from a·naʹ, “up,” and staʹsis, “standing”); Lat., re·sur·rec·ti·oʹnem; J17(Heb.), techi·yathʹ ham·me·thimʹ, “revival of the dead.”
^ “He is the God,” B; J18, “Jehovah is God.”
^ See App 1D.
^ Lit., “in spirit.” Gr., en pneuʹma·ti; Lat., in spiʹri·tu; J17,18(Heb.), ba·ruʹach.
^ See App 1D.