Matthew 22

1 And Jesus answered and spoke again to them in parables, saying: 2 The kingdom of the heavens is similar to a certain king, who made* a marriage, feast for his son, 3 and sent forth his bondservants to call to those who have been invited to the marriage, feast, and they were not willing to come. 4 Again he sent forth other bondservants, saying, Tell those who have been invited, Behold, I prepared my meal; my oxen and my fattened calves have been sacrificed, and all things are prepared. Come, here to the marriage, feast. 5 But they neglecting it, went away, one to his own field, another to his merchandise; 6 and the rest took, hold of his bondservants, and abused them and killed them. 7 And that king, having heard it, was angry, and he having sent his armies, destroyed those murderers and incinerated their city.

8 Then he says to his bondservants, The wedding is prepared, but those who have been invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore, travel on the thoroughfares of the roads, and as many as you* may find, invite to the marriage, feast. 10 And those bondservants, having gone out into the roads, gathered together all things, as many people as they found, both evil and good and the wedding was filled with people reclining at the table.

11 But when* the king came in to look at those reclining at the table, he saw a man there who has not clothed himself in wedding attire; 12 and he says to him, Comrade, how did you come in here not having on your wedding attire? Now he was dumbfounded. 13 Then the king said to the servants, When* you* bind him hand and foot, take him away and cast him out into the outer darkness -- the weeping and the gnashing of teeth will be there. 14 For* many are invited, but few are chosen.

{Mk 12: 13-17 & Mt 22: 15-22 & Lk 20: 20-26 Courtyard of the Temple, Tues. }

15 Then the Pharisees traveled away and took counsel on how they might ensnare him in his speech. 16 And they send their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God in truth, and do not care concerning anyone ' s appearance; for* you do not look at the countenance of men. 17 Therefore tell us, What do you think? Is it legal to give tribute to Caesar or not?

18 But Jesus, having known their wickedness, said, Why are you* testing me, you * hypocrites? 19 Show me the tribute coin. Now they brought to him a denarius. 20 And he says to them, Whose face is this image and inscription? 21 They say to him, Caesar' s. Then he says to them, Therefore give to Caesar, the things which are Caesar' s, and to God, the things which are God' s. 22 And having heard it, they marveled, and went away, leaving him.

{Mk 12: 18-27 & Mt 22: 23-33 & Lk 20: 27-39. }

23 In that day, the Sadducees came to him, saying that there is no resurrection, and they asked him, 24 saying, Teacher, Moses said, If anyone dies, having no children, his brother will marry his wife and will be raising* up seed to his brother. {Deu. 25: 5} 25 Now seven brethren were with us, and the first having married, but after he was dead*, his wife had no seed left to his brother; 26 likewise also the second and the third, until the seventh. 27 But after them all, the woman also died. 28 Therefore, whose wife will she be of the seven in the resurrection? For* they all had her as a wife.

29 But Jesus answered and said to them, You* are being misled, by not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For* they neither marry, nor are betrothed in the resurrection, but are like messengers of God in heaven. 31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you* not read what has been said to you* by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? {Ex. 3: 6} God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 33 And when* the crowds heard it, they were being astounded by his teaching.

{Mk 12: 28-34 & Mt 22: 34-40 & Lk 20: 40. }

34 But the Pharisees, having heard that he had hushed the Sadducees, were gathered together on the same ground. 35 And one out of them, a professor of the law, asked a question, testing him and saying, 36 Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law?

37 Now Jesus said to him, You will love* the Lord your, your* God in your, your* whole heart and in your, your* whole soul and in your, your* whole mind. {Deu. 6: 5} 38 This is the first and the great commandment. 39 And the second commandment is similar to it, You will love* your, your* neighbor like yourself. {Lev. 19: 18} 40 In these two commandments hangs the whole law and the prophets.

{Mk 12: 35-37 & Mt 22: 41-46 & Lk 20: 41-44. } 41 Now the Pharisees having been gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, What do you* think concerning the Christ? Whose son is he? They say to him, David' s.

43 He says to them, Therefore how does David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right, until I should place your, your* enemies as the footstool of your, your* feet? {Psa. 110: 1} 45 Therefore, if David calls him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day forth to ask him anymore questions.

{Mk 12: 38-40 & Mt 23: 1-39 & Lk 20: 45-47 Courts of the Temple, Tues. }

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