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Matthew 22-23 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

22 And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again in parables and said,

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son.

And he sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding, and they would not come.

Again he sent forth other servants, saying, ‘Tell them that are bidden, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come unto the marriage.”’

But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise,

and the remnant took his servants and treated them spitefully and slew them.

But when the king heard thereof he was wroth, and he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

Then said he to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy.

Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.’

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered all together as many as they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was furnished with guests.

11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who did not have on a wedding garment.

12 And he said unto him, ‘Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk.

16 And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Master, we know that thou art true and teachest the way of God in truth; neither carest thou for any man, for thou regardest not the person of men.

17 Tell us therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?”

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, “Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites?

19 Show Me the tribute money.” And they brought unto Him a penny.

20 And He said unto them, “Whose is this image and superscription?”

21 And they said unto Him, “Caesar’s.” Then said He unto them, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”

22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

23 The same day the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,

24 saying, “Master, Moses said, ‘If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up seed unto his brother.’

25 Now there were with us seven brethren. And the first, when he had married a wife, died; and having no issue, he left his wife unto his brother.

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

27 And last of all, the woman died also.

28 Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.”

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.

31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine.

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

35 Then one of them, who was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him and saying,

36 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said unto him, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it: ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’

40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

42 saying, “What think ye of Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said unto Him, “The son of David.”

43 He said unto them, “How then doth David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,

44 ‘The Lord said unto my Lord, “Sit Thou on My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool”’?

45 If David then call Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”

46 And no man was able to answer Him a word; neither dared any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.

23 Then spoke Jesus to the multitude and to His disciples,

saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do ye not according to their works; for they say, and do not.

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

and love the uppermost places at feasts and the chief seats in the synagogues,

and greetings in the markets, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’

But be not ye called ‘Rabbi,’ for One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

“And call no man your father upon earth, for One is your Father, who is in Heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters, for One is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men, for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers; therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 “Woe unto you, ye blind guides, who say, ‘Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.’

17 Ye fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And ye say, ‘Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is liable.’

19 Ye fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it and by Him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by Heaven, sweareth by the throne of God and by Him that sitteth thereon.

23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy, and faith. These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

25 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,

30 and say, ‘If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’

31 Therefore ye are witnesses against yourselves, that ye are the children of them that killed the prophets.

32 Fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers.

33 “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers! How can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets and wise men and scribes, and some of them ye shall kill and crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city,

35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zechariah, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

36 Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

39 For I say unto you, ye shall not see Me henceforth till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!’”

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