Matthew 22

1Jesus told them other stories. 2He said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like this. A king made a wedding for his son. 3The king sent his servants to call the people who had been asked to the wedding. But they would not come. 4‘He sent other servants to call them. He said, "Tell those who were asked to the wedding that my dinner is cooked. The cows and bullocks have been killed. Everything is ready. Come now to the wedding." 5‘The people did not listen, but went away. One went to his farm. One went to his business. 6The others caught his servants, treated them very badly, and killed them. 7‘The king was very angry. He sent his soldiers to kill the men who had killed his servants. And he burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready. But those who were asked to come were not good enough. 9Go out on the roads. Call all the people you find to come to the wedding." 10‘So those servants went out on the roads. They brought all the people they could find, both bad and good people. Then the room was full of people for the wedding. 11‘The king came in to look at the people. He saw one man there who was not wearing the right clothes for a wedding. 12The king said to him, "My friend, why did you come here without putting on the right clothes for a wedding?" The man did not answer. 13Then the king said to his servants, "Tie his hands and his feet. Put him in a dark place outside. People there will cry and grind make a noise with their teeth." 14‘Many people are asked to come, but only a few are chosen.’

15Then the Pharisees went away. They planned how to make Jesus say something wrong. 16They sent their disciples to him with some of Herod’s people. They said, ‘Teacher, we know that you are true. We know that you teach the true way of God. You do not fear any person, or care how great he is. 17So tell us. What do you think? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or is it not?’ 18Jesus knew they were trying to get him into trouble. So he said to them, ‘Why are you trying to get me to do wrong? You are not true to yourselves! 19Show me a piece of money used for tax.’ They brought him a piece of money. 20‘Whose picture and name is this?’ he asked. 21They said, ‘Caesar’s’.Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. And give to God what belongs to God.’ 22When they heard that, they were surprised. They left him and went away.

23The same day some of the Sadducees came to Jesus. They say that people do not rise from death. 24They came to ask him a question. They said, ‘Teacher, Moses gave us this law: "If a man dies and has no children, then his brother must marry the wife and raise a family for his brother." 25There were seven brothers among us. The first one married. He died and left no children. So his brother married the wife. 26The same thing happened to the second brother, and the third one, and all seven of them. 27Last of all, the woman died. 28Now then, when people rise from death, which of the seven brothers will have her for his wife? They all married her.’ 29Jesus answered, ‘You are wrong! You do not know what the holy writings say. And you do not know what power God has. 30When people rise from death, men and women do not marry. But they are like angels in heaven. 31People do rise from death! Have you never read what God said to you? 32He said, "I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." He is not the God of dead people, but of living people.’ 33When the people heard this, they were surprised at his teaching.

34The Pharisees heard that the Sadducees could not answer Jesus. So they got together. 35One of them was a man who taught God’s law. He asked Jesus a question to try him out. 36‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘which law is the greatest law of all?’ 37Jesus said, ‘"Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love him with all your soul, and love him with all your mind." 38This is the first and greatest law. 39The second law of God is like it. "Love your neighbour as you love yourself." 40All that is written in the books of the law and the books of the prophets is about these two laws.’

41While the Pharisees were still there, Jesus asked them a question. 42He said, ‘What do you think about Christ? Whose son is he?’ They said, ‘He is David’s son.’ 43Jesus asked, ‘Then how can David call him "Lord"? He said, by the Spirit, 44"The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit beside me until I make you master over your enemies.’" 45David calls Christ his Lord. How can Christ be David’s son?’ 46No one could answer him a word. And after that day, everyone feared to ask him any more questions.

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