22 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner;my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them[a]spitefully, and killed them.7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent outhis armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were notworthy.9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’10 So those servants went out into the highways andgathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man therewho did not have on a wedding garment.12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he wasspeechless.13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot,[b]take him away, and cast himinto outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not [c]regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18 But Jesus [d]perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites?19 Show Me the tax money.”
So they brought Him a denarius.
20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
And He said to them, “Render[e]therefore to Caesar the things that areCaesar’s, and to God the things that areGod’s.”22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.
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