Matthew 22

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

1 And Jesus answered a and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 "and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 "Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; b my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." ' 5 "But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 "And the rest seized his servants, treated them 1 spitefully, and killed them. 7 "But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out c his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not d worthy. 9 'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.' 10 "So those servants went out into the highways and e gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there f who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 "So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was g speechless. 13 "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, 2 take him away, and cast him h into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 i "For many are called, but few are chosen."

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15 j Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the k Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not 3 regard the person of men. 17 "Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus 4 perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 "Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" 21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, l "Render 5 therefore to Caesar the things that are m Caesar's, and to God the things that are n God's." 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

23 o The same day the Sadducees, p who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 24 saying: "Teacher, q Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 25 "Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. 26 "Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. 27 "Last of all the woman died also. 28 "Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her."

29 Jesus answered and said to them, "You are 6 mistaken, r not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but s are like angels 7 of God in heaven. 31 "But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 t 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob' ? 8 God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." 33 And when the multitudes heard this, u they were astonished at His teaching.

The Great Commandment

34 v But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, w a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, x "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 9 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: y 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 10 40 z "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41 a While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The b Son of David." 43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying:

44 'The c LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool" ' ? 11

45 "If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?" 46 d And no one was able to answer Him a word, e nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

  1. Cross References
    Luke 14:16
    Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many.
    Revelation 19:7 - 9
    "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 9:2
    She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table.
  3. Cross References
    Daniel 9:26
    And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 10:11
    Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 13:38
    The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
    Matthew 13:47
    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind.
    Matthew 13:48
    Which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
    Acts 28:28
    "Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!"
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:3
    If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be...
    Ephesians 4:24
    And that you put on the new man which was creat...
    Colossians 3:10
    And have put on the new man who is renewed in k...
    Colossians 3:12
    Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and belove...
    Revelation 3:4
    You have a few names even in Sardis who have no...
    Revelation 16:15
    "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he ...
    Revelation 19:8
    And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine...
  7. Cross References
    Romans 3:19
    Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 8:12
    "But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
    Matthew 25:30
    'And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
    Luke 13:28
    There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 20:16
    "So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
  10. Cross References
    Mark 12:13 - 17
    Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
    Luke 20:20 - 26
    So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
  11. Cross References
    Mark 3:6
    Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
    Mark 8:15
    Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.
    Mark 12:13
    Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 17:25
    He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?
  13. Cross References
    Romans 13:1 - 7
    Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
    1 Peter 2:13 - 15
    Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme.
  14. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 3:23
    And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
    1 Corinthians 6:19
    Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
    1 Corinthians 6:20
    For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
    1 Corinthians 12:27
    Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
  15. Cross References
    Mark 12:18 - 27
    Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
    Luke 20:27 - 40
    Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 23:8
    For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection - and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
  17. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 25:5
    If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband's brother shall go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.
  18. Cross References
    John 20:9
    For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
  19. Cross References
    1 John 3:2
    Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 17:7
    And I will establish My covenant between Me and...
    Genesis 26:24
    And the LORD appeared to him the same night and...
    Genesis 28:21
    So that I come back to my father's house in pea...
    Exodus 3:6
    Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father ...
    Exodus 3:15
    Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say...
    Mark 12:26
    But concerning the dead, that they rise, have y...
    Luke 20:37
    "But even Moses showed in the burning bush pass...
    Acts 7:32
    Saying, 'I am the God of your fathers - the God...
    Hebrews 11:16
    But now they desire a better, that is, a heaven...
  21. Cross References
    Matthew 7:28
    And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching.
  22. Cross References
    Mark 12:28 - 31
    Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?
    Luke 10:25 - 37
    And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
  23. Cross References
    Luke 7:30
    But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will...
    Luke 10:25
    And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and teste...
    Luke 11:45
    Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Hi...
    Luke 11:46
    And He said, "Woe to you also, lawyers! For you...
    Luke 11:52
    "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away th...
    Luke 14:3
    And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and ...
    Titus 3:13
    Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their jour...
  24. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:5
    You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
    Deuteronomy 10:12
    And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    Deuteronomy 30:6
    And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
  25. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:18
    You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grud...
    Matthew 19:19
    'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You ...
    Mark 12:31
    "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall l...
    Luke 10:27
    So he answered and said, "'You shall love the L...
    Romans 13:9
    For the commandments, "You shall not commit adu...
    Galatians 5:14
    For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even ...
    James 2:8
    If you really fulfill the royal law according t...
  26. Cross References
    Matthew 7:12
    Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
    Romans 13:10
    Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
    1 Timothy 1:5
    Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
  27. Cross References
    Mark 12:35 - 37
    Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?
    Luke 20:41 - 44
    And He said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David?
  28. Cross References
    Matthew 1:1
    The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
    Matthew 21:9
    Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! ' Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 110:1
    The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand...
    Matthew 26:64
    Jesus said to him, " It is as you said. Neverth...
    Mark 16:19
    So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He ...
    Acts 2:34
    For David did not ascend into the heavens, but ...
    1 Corinthians 15:25
    For He must reign till He has put all enemies u...
    Hebrews 1:13
    But to which of the angels has He ever said: "S...
    Hebrews 10:13
    From that time waiting till His enemies are mad...
  30. Cross References
    Luke 14:6
    And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
  31. Cross References
    Mark 12:34
    Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one dared question Him.
    Luke 20:40
    But after that they dared not question Him anymore.
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