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Great Banquets

Matthew 22:1-14  And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,  (2)  “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,  (3)  and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.  (4)  Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’  (5)  But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,  (6)  while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.  (7)  The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.  (8)  Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.  (9)  Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’  (10)  And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.  (11)  “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.  (12)  And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.  (13)  Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’  (14)  For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Luke 14:15-24  When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  (16)  But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.  (17)  And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’  (18)  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’  (19)  And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’  (20)  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’  (21)  So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’  (22)  And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’  (23)  And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.  (24)  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”




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