The Parable of the Wedding Feast

22 And again Jesus (A)spoke to them in parables, saying, (B)“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave (C)a wedding feast for his son, and (D)sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. (E)Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my (F)dinner, (G)my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But (H)they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, (I)treated them shamefully, and (J)killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and (K)destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not (L)worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and (M)gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there (N)a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, (O)‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and (P)cast him into the outer darkness. In that place (Q)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are (R)called, but few are (S)chosen.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

15 (T)Then the Pharisees went and plotted how (U)to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent (V)their disciples to him, along with (W)the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, (X)we know that you are true and teach (Y)the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for (Z)you are not swayed by appearances.[b] 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay (AA)taxes to (AB)Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why (AC)put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[c] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, (AD)“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they (AE)left him and went away.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

23 The same day (AF)Sadducees came to him, (AG)who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, (AH)‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”

29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, (AI)because you know neither the Scriptures nor (AJ)the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither (AK)marry nor (AL)are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, (AM)have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 (AN)‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, (AO)they were astonished at his teaching.

The Great Commandment

34 (AP)But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced (AQ)the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 (AR)And one of them, (AS)a lawyer, asked him a question (AT)to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, (AU)“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And (AV)a second is like it: (AW)You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 (AX)On these two commandments depend (AY)all the Law and the Prophets.”

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41 (AZ)Now while the Pharisees (BA)were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about (BB)the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, (BC)“The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, (BD)in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

44 (BE)“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

45 If then David calls him Lord, (BF)how is he his son?” 46 (BG)And no one was able to answer him a word, (BH)nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

23 Then Jesus (BI)said to the crowds and to his disciples, (BJ)“The scribes and the Pharisees (BK)sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, (BL)but not the works they do. (BM)For they preach, but do not practice. (BN)They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,[d] and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. (BO)They do all their deeds (BP)to be seen by others. For they make (BQ)their phylacteries broad and (BR)their fringes long, and they (BS)love the place of honor at feasts and (BT)the best seats in the synagogues and (BU)greetings in (BV)the marketplaces and being called (BW)rabbi[e] by others. (BX)But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are (BY)all brothers.[f] (BZ)And call no man your father on earth, for (CA)you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, (CB)the Christ. 11 (CC)The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 (CD)Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe (CE)to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you (CF)shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you (CG)neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.[g] 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single (CH)proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a (CI)child of (CJ)hell[h] as yourselves.

16 “Woe to (CK)you, (CL)blind guides, who say, (CM)‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or (CN)the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by (CO)the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or (CP)the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by (CQ)him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by (CR)heaven swears by (CS)the throne of God and by (CT)him who sits upon it.

23 (CU)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (CV)you tithe mint and dill and (CW)cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: (CX)justice and mercy and faithfulness. (CY)These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing (CZ)a camel!

25 (DA)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (DB)you clean the outside of (DC)the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of (DD)greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of (DE)the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 (DF)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like (DG)whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and (DH)all uncleanness. 28 So you also (DI)outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of (DJ)hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 (DK)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are (DL)sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 (DM)Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, (DN)you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to (DO)hell? 34 (DP)Therefore (DQ)I send you (DR)prophets and wise men and (DS)scribes, (DT)some of whom you will kill and crucify, and (DU)some you will (DV)flog in your synagogues and (DW)persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all (DX)the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous (DY)Abel to the blood of (DZ)Zechariah the son of Barachiah,[i] whom you murdered between (EA)the sanctuary and (EB)the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, (EC)all these things will come upon this generation.

Lament over Jerusalem

37 (ED)“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that (EE)kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have (EF)gathered (EG)your children together (EH)as a hen gathers her brood (EI)under her wings, and (EJ)you were not willing! 38 See, (EK)your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, (EL)‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

24 (EM)Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, (EN)there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Signs of the End of the Age

As he sat on (EO)the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him (EP)privately, saying, “Tell us, (EQ)when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your (ER)coming and of (ES)the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, (ET)“See that no one leads you astray. For (EU)many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am (EV)the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you (EW)are not alarmed, for this (EX)must take place, but the end is not yet. For (EY)nation will rise against nation, and (EZ)kingdom against kingdom, and there will be (FA)famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of (FB)the birth pains.

“Then (FC)they will deliver you up (FD)to tribulation and (FE)put you to death, and (FF)you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away[j] and (FG)betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many (FH)false prophets will arise (FI)and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, (FJ)the love of many will grow cold. 13 (FK)But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom (FL)will be proclaimed throughout the whole world (FM)as a testimony (FN)to all nations, and (FO)then the end will come.

The Abomination of Desolation

15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation (FP)spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in (FQ)the holy place ((FR)let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 (FS)Let the one who is on (FT)the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And (FU)alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be (FV)great tribulation, (FW)such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for (FX)the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 (FY)Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For (FZ)false christs and (GA)false prophets will arise and (GB)perform great signs and wonders, (GC)so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, (GD)I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, (GE)he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 (GF)For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be (GG)the coming of the Son of Man. 28 (GH)Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after (GI)the tribulation of those days (GJ)the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and (GK)the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then (GL)will appear in heaven (GM)the sign of the Son of Man, and then (GN)all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and (GO)they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven (GP)with power and great glory. 31 And (GQ)he will send out his angels with a loud (GR)trumpet call, and they will (GS)gather (GT)his elect from (GU)the four winds, (GV)from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, (GW)at the very gates. 34 (GX)Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 (GY)Heaven and earth will pass away, but (GZ)my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour (HA)no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, (HB)nor the Son,[k] (HC)but the Father only. 37 (HD)For as were the days of Noah, (HE)so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 (HF)For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, (HG)marrying and giving in marriage, until (HH)the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, (HI)so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 (HJ)Two women will be grinding (HK)at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, (HL)stay awake, for you do not know on what day (HM)your Lord is coming. 43 (HN)But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night (HO)the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be (HP)ready, for (HQ)the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is (HR)the faithful and (HS)wise servant,[l] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 (HT)Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, (HU)he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master (HV)is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants[m] and eats and drinks with (HW)drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come (HX)on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place (HY)there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 22:3 Or bondservants; also verses 4, 6, 8, 10
  2. Matthew 22:16 Greek for you do not look at people's faces
  3. Matthew 22:19 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  4. Matthew 23:4 Some manuscripts omit hard to bear
  5. Matthew 23:7 Rabbi means my teacher, or my master; also verse 8
  6. Matthew 23:8 Or brothers and sisters
  7. Matthew 23:13 Some manuscripts add here (or after verse 12) verse 14: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation
  8. Matthew 23:15 Greek Gehenna; also verse 33
  9. Matthew 23:35 Some manuscripts omit the son of Barachiah
  10. Matthew 24:10 Or stumble
  11. Matthew 24:36 Some manuscripts omit nor the Son
  12. Matthew 24:45 Or bondservant; also verses 46, 48, 50
  13. Matthew 24:49 Or bondservants

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