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Matthew 22

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22:1 And Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying:

22:2 The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son.

22:3 And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come.

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.

22:5 But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise.

22:6 And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.

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.

22:8 Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy.

22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage.

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.

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

22:12 And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent.

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.

22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

22:15 Then the Pharisees going, consulted among themselves how to insnare him in his speech.

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.

22:17 Tell us therefore what dost thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

22:18 But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites?

22:19 Shew me the coin of the tribute. And they offered him a penny.

22:20 And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this?

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.

22:22 And hearing this they wondered, and leaving him, went their ways.

22:23 That day there came to him the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection; and asked him,

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.

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.

22:26 In like manner the second, and the third, and so on to the seventh.

22:27 And last of all the woman died also.

22:28 At the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? for they all had her.

22:29 And Jesus answering, said to them: You err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.

22:30 For in the resurrection they shall neither marry nor be married; but shall be as the angels of God in heaven.

22:31 And concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken by God, saying to you:

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.

22:33 And the multitudes hearing it, were in admiration at his doctrine.

22:34 But the Pharisees hearing that he had silenced the Sadducees, came together:

22:35 And one of them, a doctor of the law, asking him, tempting him:

22:36 Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

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.

22:38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.

22:39 And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

22:40 On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets.

22:41 And the Pharisees being gathered together, Jesus asked them,

22:42 Saying: What think you of Christ? whose son is he? They say to him: David's.

22:43 He saith to them: How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying:

22:44 The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool?

22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

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.