Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2

“The kingdom of
heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for
his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the
wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again 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.’
5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to
his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and
killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed
those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves,
‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go
therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the
wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and
gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding
hall was filled with guests. 11“But when the king came in to see the
guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,
12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a
wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then 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.’ 14For
many are called, but few are chosen.”