Matthew 22
New Heart English Bible
1Jesus answered and spoke again in parables to them, saying, 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, 3and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "Look, I have made ready my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast."' 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise, 6and the rest grabbed his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was enraged, and sent his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited weren't worthy. 9Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast.' 10And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was filled with those reclining.

11But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who did not have on wedding clothing, 12and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing?' He was speechless. 13Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.' 14For many are called, but few chosen."

15Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entrap him in his talk. 16They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are honest, and teach the way of God in truth, no matter whom you teach, for you are not partial to anyone. 17Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test me, you hypocrites? 19Show me the tax money." They brought to him a denarius. 20He asked them, "Whose is this image and inscription?" 21They said to him, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 22When they heard it, they were astonished, and left him, and went away.

23On that day Sadducees came to him, the ones saying that there is no resurrection. And they asked him, 24saying, "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies, having no children, his brother is to marry his wife, and raise up offspring for his brother.' 25Now there were with us seven brothers. The first married and died, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. 26In like manner the second also, and the third, to the seventh. 27After them all, the woman died. 28In the resurrection therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven? For they all had her."

29But Jesus answered them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven. 31But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 32'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." 33When the crowds heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.

34But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, gathered themselves together. 35One of them, a Law scholar, asked him a question, testing him. 36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" 37He said to him, "'You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38This is the great and first commandment. 39A second likewise is this, 'You are to love your neighbor as yourself.' 40The whole Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments."

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "Of David." 43He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,

44'The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet'?

45"If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?" 46No one was able to answer him a word, neither did anyone dare ask him any more questions from that day forth.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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