The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Matthew 22

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."

  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."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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