1 Then Jesus again addressed them in parables. 2 "The Realm of heaven," he said, "may be compared to a king who gave a marriage-banquet in honour of his son. 3 He sent his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they would not come. 4 Once more he sent some other servants, saying, 'Tell the invited guests, here is my supper all prepared, my oxen and fat cattle are killed, everything is ready; come to the marriage-banquet.'
5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his estate, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants and ill-treated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged; he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, 'The marriage-banquet is all ready, but the invited guests did not deserve it. 9 So go to the byeways and invite anyone you meet to the marriage-banquet.' 10 And those servants went out on the roads and gathered all they met, bad and good alike. Thus the marriage-banquet was supplied with guests. 11 Now when the king came in to view his guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in a wedding-robe. 12 So he said to him, 'My man, how did you get in here without a wedding-robe?' The man was speech less.
13 Then said the king to his servants, 'Take him hand and foot, and throw him outside, out into the darkness; there men will wail and gnash their teeth.
14 For many are invited but few are chosen.'"
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to trap him in talk. 16 They sent him their disciples with the Herodians, who said, "Teacher, we know you are sincere and that you teach the Way of God honestly and fearlessly; you do not court human favour. 17 Tell us, then, what you think about this. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 But Jesus detected their malice. He said, "Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for taxes." So they brought him a shilling. 20 Then Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness, whose inscription is this?"
21 "Caesar's," they said. Then he told them, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God." 22 When they heard that they marvelled; then they left him and went away.
23 That same day some Sadducees came up to him, men who hold there is no resurrection. They put this question to him: 24 "Teacher, Moses said that if anyone dies without children, his brother is to espouse his wife and raise offspring for his brother. 25 Now there were seven brothers in our number. The first married and died; as he had no children he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same happened with the second and the third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 Now at the resurrection whose wife will she be? They all had her."
29 Jesus answered them, "You go wrong because you understand neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people neither marry nor are married, they are like the angels of God in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 32 I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not a God of dead people but of living."
33 And when the crowds heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.
34 When the Pharisees heard he had silenced the Sadducees, they mustered their forces, 35 and one of them, a jurist, put a question in order to tempt him. 36 "Teacher," he said, "what is the greatest command in the Law?"
37 He replied, "You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind. 38 This is the greatest and chief command. 39 There is a second like it: you must love your neighbour as yourself. 40 The whole Law and the prophets hang upon these two commands."
41 As the Pharisees had mustered, Jesus put a question to them. 42 "Tell me," he said, "what 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 in the Spirit calls him Lord?
44 The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at my right hand, till I put your enemies under your feet.'
45 If David calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" 46 No one could make any answer to him, and from that day no one ventured to put another question to him.