Matthew 22:3
Good News Translation
He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come.

New Revised Standard Version
He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

Contemporary English Version
The king sent some servants to tell the invited guests to come to the banquet, but the guests refused.

New American Bible
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come.


Matthew 3:2 And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:6,7 But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. . . .

Psalm 68:11 The Lord shall give the word to them that preach good tidings with great power.

Proverbs 9:1-3 She hath slain her victims, mingled her wine, and set forth her table. . . .

Isaiah 55:1,2 All you that thirst, come to the waters: and you that have no money make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money, and without any price. . . .

Jeremiah 25:4 And the Lord hath sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising early, and sending, and you have not hearkened, nor inclined your ears to hear.

Jeremiah 35:15 And I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early, and sending and saying: Return ye every man from his wicked way, and make your ways good: and follow not strange gods, nor worship them, and you shall dwell in the land, which I gave you and your fathers: and you have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened to me.

Mark 6:7-11 And he called the twelve; and began to send them two and two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. . . .

Luke 9:1-6 Then calling together the twelve apostles, he gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases. . . .

Luke 14:15-17 When one of them that sat at table with him had heard these things, he said to him: Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. . . .

Revelation 22:17 And the spirit and the bride say: Come. And he that heareth, let him say: Come. And he that thirsteth, let him come. And he that will, let him take the water of life, freely.


1 Samuel 9:13 As soon as you come into the city, you shall immediately find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat till he come; because he blesseth the victim, and afterwards they eat that are invited. Now, therefore, go up, for to day you shall find him.

Zephaniah 1:7 Be silent before the face of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is near, for the Lord hath prepared a victim, he hath sanctified his guests.

and they would not.

Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not?

Psalm 81:10-12 For I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. . . .

Proverbs 1:24-32 You have despised all my counsel, and have neglected my reprehensions. . . .

Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel: If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall your strength be. And you would not:

Jeremiah 6:16,17 Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: We will not walk. . . .

Hosea 11:2,7 As they called them, they went away from before their face: they offered victims to Baalim, and sacrificed to idols. . . .

Luke 13:34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets; and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?

Luke 15:28 And he was angry and would not go in. His father therefore coming out began to entreat him.

Luke 19:27 But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither and kill them before me.

John 5:40 And you will not come to me that you may have life.

Acts 13:45 And the Jews, seeing the multitudes, were filled with envy and contradicted those things which were said by Paul, blaspheming.

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he saith: All the day long have I spread my hands to a people that believeth not and contradicteth me.

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse him not that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke upon earth, much more shall not we that turn away from him that speaketh to us from heaven.

The Parable of the Banquet
2The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who made a marriage for his son. 3And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come ye to the marriage.…
Cross References
Proverbs 9:3
Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me. And to the unwise she said:

Matthew 9:15
And Jesus said to them: Can the children of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they shall fast.

Matthew 21:34
And when the time of the fruits drew nigh, he sent his servants to the husbandmen that they might receive the fruits thereof.

Hebrews 9:15
And therefore he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death for the redemption of those transgressions which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Matthew 22:2
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