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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Matthew 22:1-46

22  In further reply Jesus again spoke to them with illustrations, saying:+  “The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man, a king, that made a marriage feast+ for his son.  And he sent forth his slaves to call those invited to the marriage feast,+ but they were unwilling to come.+  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.”’+  But unconcerned they went off, one to his own field, another to his commercial business;+  but the rest, laying hold of his slaves, treated them insolently and killed them.+  “But the king grew wrathful, and sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.+  Then he said to his slaves, ‘The marriage feast indeed is ready, but those invited were not worthy.+  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·nar′i·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·ko′nois; Lat., mi·ni′stris; J22(Heb.), lam·sha·rethim′.
Or, “grinding; clenching.”
Or, “with the Herodians.”
Or, “to the Emperor.” Gr., Kai′sa·ri; Lat., Cae′sa·ri; J22(Heb.), laq·Qeh·sar′.
See 20:2 ftn.
“Image.” Gr., ei·kon′; Lat., i·ma′go; J22(Heb.), had·demuth′, “the image.”
Lit., “Give you back.” Gr., A·po′do·te; Lat., red′di·te; J17,22(Heb.), tenu′.
“Resurrection.” Gr., a·na′sta·sin, “raising up; standing up” (from a·na′, “up,” and sta′sis, “standing”); Lat., re·sur·rec·ti·o′nem; J17(Heb.), techi·yath′ ham·me·thim′,revival of the dead.”
“He is the God,” B; J18, “Jehovah is God.”
See App 1D.
Lit., “in spirit.” Gr., en pneu′ma·ti; Lat., in spi′ri·tu; J17,18(Heb.), ba·ru′ach.
See App 1D.