14 “Return,(A) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(B) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.

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As a young man marries a young woman,
    so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom(A) rejoices over his bride,
    so will your God rejoice(B) over you.

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16 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
    “you will call me ‘my husband’;(A)
    you will no longer call me ‘my master.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Hosea 2:16 Hebrew baal

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet(A)

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like(B) a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like(A) ten virgins who took their lamps(B) and went out to meet the bridegroom.(C)

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Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude,(A) like the roar of rushing waters(B) and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!(C)
    For our Lord God Almighty(D) reigns.(E)
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!(F)
For the wedding of the Lamb(G) has come,
    and his bride(H) has made herself ready.
Fine linen,(I) bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts(J) of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me,(K) “Write this:(L) Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”(M) And he added, “These are the true words of God.”(N)

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