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Matthew 22

The parable of the marriage of the king's son.

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying: Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king who made a marriage for his son. Matthew 22:3 And he sent his servants to call them that were invited to the marriage: and they would not come. Matthew 22:4 Again 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. Matthew 22:5 But they neglected and went their ways, one to his farm and another to his merchandise. Matthew 22:6 And the rest laid hands on his servants and, having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. Matthew 22:7 But when the king had heard of it, he was angry: and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers and burnt their city. Matthew 22:8 Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.

The vocation of the Gentiles.

Matthew 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. Matthew 22:10 And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests.

Matthew 22:11 And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.

The punishment of him that wanted the wedding garment.

Matthew 22:12 And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Matthew 22:13 Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Tribute ought to be paid to Caesar.

Matthew 22:15 Then the Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to insnare him in his speech. Matthew 22:16 And they sent to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that thou art a true speaker and teachest the way of God in truth. Neither carest thou for any man: for thou dost not regard the person of men. Matthew 22:17 Tell us therefore what dost thou think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Matthew 22:18 But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites? Matthew 22:19 Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny. Matthew 22:20 And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? Matthew 22:21 They say to him: Caesar's. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God, the things that are God's. Matthew 22:22 And hearing this, they wondered and, leaving him, went their ways.

Christ confuteth the Sadducees for the resurrection:

Matthew 22:23 That day there came to him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and asked him, Matthew 22:24 Saying: Master, Moses said: If a man die having no son, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up issue to his brother. Matthew 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first having married a wife, died; and not having issue, left his wife to his brother. Matthew 22:26 In like manner the second and the third and so on, to the seventh. Matthew 22:27 And last of all the woman died also. Matthew 22:28 At the resurrection therefore, whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her. Matthew 22:29 And Jesus answering, said to them: You err, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor be married, but shall be as the angels of God in heaven. Matthew 22:31 And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken by God, saying to you: Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead but of the living. Matthew 22:33 And the multitudes hearing it were in admiration at his doctrine.

answereth the lawyer, which is the first and great commandment:

Matthew 22:34 But the Pharisees, hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together. Matthew 22:35 And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked him, tempting him: Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. Matthew 22:38 This is the greatest and the first commandment. Matthew 22:39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.

and poseth the Pharisees about the Messias.

Matthew 22:41 And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them, Matthew 22:42 Saying: What think you of Christ? Whose son is he? They say to him: David's. Matthew 22:43 He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying: Matthew 22:44 The Lord said to my Lord: Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool? Matthew 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? Matthew 22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word: neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

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