The Great Supper
The Marriage Feast
16And He said to him, A certain man
made a great supper and invited many.
17And he sent his servant at supper time to say to those
who were invited, Come, for all things are now ready.
18And all with one consent began to make excuse. The first
said to him, I have bought a piece of ground, I must go and see it. I beg you, have
19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and
I am going to test them. I beg you, have me excused.
20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore
I cannot come.
21And coming up that servant reported these things to his
lord. And the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, Go out quickly
into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and the maimed,
and the lame and the blind.
22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as you have
commanded, and still there is room.
23And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the
highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.
24For I say to you that none of these men who were invited
shall taste of my supper.
1And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables,
2The kingdom of Heaven is like a
certain king who made a marriage for his son.
3And he sent out his servants to call those who were
invited to the wedding; and they would not come.
4Again he sent out other servants, saying, Tell those who
are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed,
and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.
5But not caring, they went their ways, one to his field,
another to his trading.
6And the rest took his servants and treated them spitefully,
and killed them.
7But when the king heard, he was angry. And he sent out his
armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but
they who were invited were not worthy.
9Therefore go into the exits of the highways, and as many
as you shall find, invite them to the marriage.
10So the servants went out into the highways and gathered
together as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was filled with
11And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw
a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
12And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here
without having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.
14For many are called, but few chosen.