Matthew 22:1-14 - The Parable Of The Wedding Celebration

1 AND Jesus continuing his discourse, spake again to them in parables, saying, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, who made a marriage-feast for his son: 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the entertainment: and they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who have been invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and the fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come unto the marriage-feast.

5 But they gave themselves no concern about it, and went their several ways, one to his own farm, and another to his traffick: 6 And the rest seizing his servants, insulted and slew them. 7 Then the king, when he heard it, was incensed: and sending out his armies, destroyed these murderers, and burnt down their city.

8 Then he said to his servants, The wedding entertainment indeed is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy: 9 go therefore into the thoroughfares of the roads, and as many as ye find, invite to the banquet. 10 So these servants going out into the roads, collected all, as many as they found, both bad and good; and the wedding feast was fully furnished with guests. 11 Then the king coming in to look around on the guests, saw there a man who had not put on the wedding garment: 12 and he saith to him, Friend, how came thou in here, not having the garment provided for the marriage feast? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind his feet and hands, and take him away, and cast him into the darkness, which is without; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few elect.