1 And Jesus spoke to them again in figures, and said, 2 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king, who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 And he sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, and they would not come. 4 He sent other slaves a second time, and said to them, 'Tell those who have been asked, "Here I have my banquet all ready, my bullocks and fat cattle are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!" '
5 But they took no notice of it, and went off, one to his estate, and another to his business, 6 and the rest seized his slaves, and ill treated them and killed them. 7 This made the king angry, and he sent his troops and put those murderers to death and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his slaves, 'The banquet is ready, but those who were invited have proved unworthy of it. 9 So go out where the roads leave the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.' 10 So his slaves went out on the roads, and got together all the people they could find, good or bad, and the hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw among them a man who did not have on wedding clothes. 12 And he said to him, 'My friend, how did you happen to come here without wedding clothes?' But he had nothing to say.
13 Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the darkness, there to weep and grind his teeth.'
14 For many are invited but few chosen."
15 Then the Pharisees went and made a plot to entrap him in argument. 16 So they sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, to say to him, "Master, we know that you tell the truth, and teach the way of God with sincerity, regardless of the consequences, for you are impartial. 17 So give us your opinion: Is it right to pay the poll-tax to the emperor, or not?"
18 But he saw their malice, and said, 19 "Why do you put me to such a test, you hypocrites? Show me the poll-tax coin!" And they brought him a denarius. 20 And he said to them, "Whose head and title is this?"
21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Then pay the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay God what belongs to God!" 22 And when they heard it they were amazed, and they went away and left him.
23 On the same day some Sadducees came up to him, claiming that there is no resurrection, and they asked him this question: 24 "Master, Moses said, 'If a man dies without children his brother shall marry his widow, and raise up a family for him.' 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first of them married and died, and as he had no children, he left his wife to his brother; 26 so did the second, and the third, and the rest of the seven. 27 After them all the woman died. 28 At the resurrection which one's wife will she be? For they all married her."
29 Jesus answered them, "You are wrong, because you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For after the resurrection there is no marrying or being married, but they live as angels do in heaven. 31 But as to the resurrection of the dead, did you never read what was said to you by God, 32 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of dead men but of living!"
33 When the crowd heard this, they were astounded at his teaching.
34 And when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35 and one of them, an expert in the Law, to test him, asked, 36 "Master, what command is greatest in the Law?"
37 And he said to him, " 'You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.' 38 That is the great, first command. 39 There is a second like it: 'You must love your neighbor as you do yourself.' 40 These two commands sum up the whole of the Law and the Prophets."
41 While the Pharisees were still gathered there, Jesus asked them, 42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "David's."
43 He said to them, "How is it then that David under the Spirit's influence calls him lord, and says,
44 " 'The Lord has said to my lord, "Sit at my right hand, Until I put your enemies under your feet" '?
45 So if David calls him lord, how can he be his son?" 46 And no one could make him any answer, and from that day no one ventured to ask him any more questions.