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"For many are called, but few are chosen."
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Mat 22:1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:
Mat 22:2 "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.
Mat 22:3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.
Mat 22:4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.'
Mat 22:5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
Mat 22:6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.
Mat 22:7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Mat 22:8 Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'
Mat 22:10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Mat 22:11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
Mat 22:12 and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen."
[Mat 22:10] An additional parable emphasizing Jewish rejection of God's invitation culminates with a universal invitation to the Lord's marriage banquet. Guests, both good and bad, are selected from the crossroads of life, but the Jews for whom the feast was intended are excluded.
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
Readings for the week of October 22nd
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
First: Isaiah 45: 1-7
Psalm 96: 1-13
Second: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22