1 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
3 He sent his
slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet,
but they would not come.
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.”
5 But they made
light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
6 while the rest
seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.
7 The king was
enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned
8 Then he said to his
slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not
9 Go therefore
into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding
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.
when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there
who was not wearing a wedding robe,
12 and he said
to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding
robe?” And he was speechless.
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
14 For many are
called, but few are chosen.’