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22 And Jesus again answered them in parables, saying 2* “The Reign of Heaven resembles a king who made a wedding-feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the feast, and they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying ‘Tell those who are invited, “Here I have prepared my lunch, my steers and my fatlings are killed and everything is ready; come to the wedding-feast.”’ 5 And they paid no attention, but went off, one to his field and another to his trading, 6 and the rest seized his servants and maltreated them and killed them. 7 And the king was angry, and sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city; 8 then he said to his servants ‘The wedding-feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy; 9 so go to the crossroads and call to the wedding-feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out on the roads and gathered everybody that they found, bad and good, and the wedding-hall was filled with feasters. 11 But the king came in to view the feasters, and saw there a man who did not have on a wedding garment, 12 and said to him ‘Comrade, how is it you have come in here without a wedding garment?’ and he was speechless. 13* Then the king said to the attendants ‘Tie him hand and foot and put him out into the outer darkness.’ There will the weeping and the grinding of teeth be. 14 For there are many that are called but few that are chosen.” 15 Then the Pharisees went and laid a plot for entrapping him in talk; 16 and they sent him their disciples with the Herodians to say “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and care for nobody, for you do not look at men’s faces; 17 so tell us what you think: is paying taxes to Caesar lawful or not?” 18 But Jesus, discovering their rascality, said “Why are you trying tricks on me, you hypocrites? 19 show me the coin for the taxes.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And he said to them “Whose is this portrait and this inscription?” 21 They say “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them “Then pay what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.” 22 And at hearing it they wondered, and left him and went away. 23 On that day Sadducees (people who say there is no such thing as a resurrection) approached him and put the question to him 24 “Teacher, Moses said ‘If one dies without children, his brother shall marry his widow and set up a posterity for his brother.’ 25 But among us there were seven brothers, and the first married and passed away, and, not having issue, left his wife to his brother; 26 and similarly the second and the third, and so on down to the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died. 28 So at the resurrection which of the seven will she be the wife of? for all of them had her.” 29 But Jesus answered them “You go wrong by not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God: 30 for in the resurrection they do not marry but are like angels in heaven. 31 But as to the resurrection of the dead have you not read what was said to you by God in the words 32* ‘I am the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob’? He is not the God of dead men but of living men.” 33 And upon hearing it the crowds were astonished at his teaching. 34 But, hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees gathered together, 35 and one of them, a lawyer, put the question to him to test him, 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” 37 And 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,’ 38 this is the greatest commandment, the first. 39* A second like it is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hangs all the law and the prophets.” 41 And while the Pharisees were gathered Jesus put the question to them 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? whose son is he to be?” They said to him “David’s.” 43 He said to them “How is it then that David in the Spirit calls him lord, in the words 44 ‘The Lord said to my lord “Sit at my right hand till I put your enemies underneath your feet”’? 45 if then David calls him lord, how is he to be his son?” 46 And nobody could give him any answer, and from that day on no one any longer dared to put any question to him.