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Matthew 22:1Matthew 22:14


(c) The Kingdom's Wedding Feast

1 And Jesus answered and spoke again in aparables to them, saying,

2 aThe 1bkingdom of the heavens has become like a 2cking who prepared a 3dwedding feast for his 2son.

3 And he sent his 1slaves to call those who had been called to the wedding feast, yet they would not come.

4 Again, he sent 1other slaves, saying, Tell those who have been called, Behold, I have prepared my 2dinner: my 3oxen and my 3afatted cattle have been slain, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding feast.

5 But they disregarded it and went off, one to his own field and another to his business,

6 And the rest took hold of his slaves, atreated them shamefully, and bkilled them.

7 And the king became angry, and he sent his 1troops and adestroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 Then he said to his slaves, The wedding feast is ready, but those who have been called were 1anot worthy.

9 Go therefore to the 1crossroads, and as many as you find, call to the wedding feast.

10 And those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both evil and good, and the wedding feast was filled with those reclining at table.

11 But when the king came in to look at those reclining at table, he saw there a man who was not aclothed with a 1wedding garment,

12 And he said to him, aFriend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then the king said to the 1servants, Bind his feet and hands, and 2acast him out into the outer darkness. In that place there will be the 3weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are 1acalled but few are 1bchosen.