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Matthew 22:1-46

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

5“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and 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 wedding clothes. 12He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax22:17 A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens to Caesar or not?”

18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Marriage at the Resurrection

23That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24“Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27Finally, the woman died. 28Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’22:32 Exodus 3:6? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

33When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’22:37 Deut. 6:5 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’22:39 Lev. 19:18 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord:

“Sit at my right hand

until I put your enemies

under your feet.” ’22:44 Psalm 110:1

45If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Mateo 22:1-46

Ayeforohyia Aponto Ho Bɛ

1Yesu de mmebu ahorow kyerɛɛ sɛnea Ɔsoro Ahenni no te. 2Ose, “Ɔsoro Ahenni no te sɛ ɔhene bi a ne babarima hyiaa ayeforo na ɔtoo pon maa no. 3Ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ nnipa pii. Bere no dui no, ɔnam tumi so somaa nʼasomfo sɛ wɔnkɔfrɛfrɛ nnipa no na wɔmmra. Nanso nnipa no amma.

4“Ɔsan somaa nʼasomfo afoforo se, ‘Monkɔka nkyerɛ wɔn se, wɔawie biribiara. Wɔakum mʼanantwi ne me nyɛmmoa de anoa aduan awie. Mommra ayeforo no ase mmedidi!’

5“Nanso wɔammua no. Obi kɔɔ nʼafum. Ɔfoforo nso kodii ne gua. 6Afoforo nso kyeree nʼasomfo no hwee wɔn, pirapiraa wɔn, kunkum ebinom nso. 7Ɔhene no tee nea nnipa no ayɛ nʼasomfo no, ne bo fuwii. Ɔsomaa nʼasraafo ma wokokunkum awudifo no, hyew wɔn kurow no pasaa.

8“Ɔsan frɛɛ nʼasomfo ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, ‘Wɔawie ayeforo aduan no. Nanso wɔn a mefrɛɛ wɔn no mfata sɛ wɔba aponto no ase. 9Enti monkɔ mmɔnten so na obiara a mubehu no no, momfrɛ no mmra aponto no ase.’ 10Asomfo no fii adi kɔɔ mmɔnten so kɔfrɛɛ nnipa dodow a wohuu wɔn no nyinaa. Wɔfrɛɛ nnipa pa ne nnipa bɔne, maa ɔdan a wɔtoo pon wɔ mu no yɛɛ ma.

11“Ɔhene no baa hɔ sɛ ɔrebɛhwɛ nnipa a wɔaba no, ohuu obi a ɔnhyɛ ayeforohyia atade wɔ hɔ. 12Obisaa no se, ‘Damfo, ɛyɛɛ dɛn na wonhyɛ ayeforohyia atade, na wutumi baa ha?’ Nanso damfo no antumi ammua.

13“Afei ɔhene no ka kyerɛɛ nʼasomfo no se, ‘Monkyekyere ne nan ne ne nsa na monkɔtow no nkyene akyirikyiri sum mu, nea osu ne setwɛre wɔ no.’

14“Wɔafrɛ bebree, nanso kakraa bi na wɔpaw wɔn.”

Towyi Ho Asɛmmisa

15Farisifo no tuu Yesu ho agyina, pɛɛ ɔkwan bi a wɔbɛfa nʼanom asɛm so anya no akyere no. 16Wosii no gyinae se, wɔbɛsoma wɔn nnipa bi ne Herodefo aba Yesu nkyɛn abebisa no se, “Owura, yenim sɛ woyɛ ɔnokwafo, na wonam nokware kwan so kyerɛ nnipa kwan a ɛkɔ Onyankopɔn nkyɛn a wunsuro akyi asɛm, efisɛ wonhwɛ nnipa anim. 17Ka ma yentie. Eye sɛ woyi tow ma Roma Hempɔn Kaesare anaa enye?”

18Yesu huu wɔn adwemmɔne no ma ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Mo nyaatwomfo! Adɛn nti na mopɛ sɛ mode nnaadaa sɔ me hwɛ? 19Momfa sika a wɔde yi tow no bi nkyerɛ me.” Wɔde bi kyerɛɛ no. 20Obisaa wɔn se, “Hena mfoni na ɛda so, na hena din nso na ɛwɔ so?”

21Wobuaa se, “Kaesare.”

Yesu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Ɛno de, momfa Kaesare de mma Kaesare, na momfa Onyankopɔn de mma Onyankopɔn.”

22Ne mmuae a ɔmaa wɔn no maa wɔn ho dwiriw wɔn ma wogyaw no hɔ kɔe.

Owusɔre Mu Aware

23Da no ara, Sadukifo a wonnye owusɔre nni no baa Yesu nkyɛn bebisaa no se, 24“Owura, Mose kae se, ‘Sɛ ɔbarima bi anwo na owu a, ne nuabarima mfa ne yere no kunabea na ɔne no nwo mma owufo no. 25Anuanom baason bi ne yɛn tenaa ha. Ɔpanyin no waree a wanwo ba na owui. Enti ne nua a ɔto so abien no faa ne yere no kunabea. 26Nea ɔto so abien no nso wui, maa nea ɔto so abiɛsa no faa ɔbea no kunabea. Ɔno nso wui a wanwo ba, maa ɔfoforo nso faa ɔbea no kunabea. Eyi toaa so ara kosii sɛ anuanom baason no nyinaa waree ɔbea no. 27Nea edi akyi ne sɛ, ɔbea no nso wui. 28Ɛno nti, owusɔrebere no, nnipa baason yi mu hena na ɔbea no bɛyɛ ne yere? Efisɛ wɔn nyinaa waree no!’ ”

29Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Mo mfomso a moayɛ no fi nim a munnim Kyerɛwsɛm no ne Onyankopɔn tumi a ɔwɔ no! 30Na owusɔrebere no, aware nni hɔ; obiara bɛyɛ sɛ abɔfo a wɔwɔ ɔsoro no. 31Nea ɛfa owusɔre no ho no nso, monkenkan nea Onyankopɔn aka afa ho no pɛn? Munhu sɛ Onyankopɔn kasa kyerɛɛ mo bere a ɔkae se, 32‘Mene Abraham Nyankopɔn, Isak Nyankopɔn ne Yakob Nyankopɔn no?’ Eyi kyerɛ sɛ, Onyankopɔn nyɛ awufo Nyankopɔn na mmom, ateasefo Nyankopɔn.”

33Nnipadɔm no tee ne nkyerɛkyerɛ no, ɛyɛɛ wɔn nwonwa.

Mmaransɛm No Mu Nea Ɛkyɛn Ne Nyinaa

34Farisifo no tee sɛ Yesu abu afa Sadukifo no so no, wokohyiaa Yesu. 35Wɔn mu baako a ɔyɛ mmaranimfo bisaa Yesu se, 36“Owura, Mose mmaransɛm no mu nea ɛwɔ he koraa na ɛkyɛn ne nyinaa?”

37Yesu buaa no se, “ ‘Dɔ Awurade, wo Nyankopɔn, wo koma nyinaa mu ne wo kra nyinaa mu ne wʼadwene nyinaa mu.’ 38Eyi ne mmaransɛm no mu nea edi kan na ɛkyɛn ne nyinaa. 39Nea ɛto so abien no te sɛ ɛno ara: ‘Dɔ wo yɔnko sɛ wo ho.’ 40Mose mmaransɛm ne adiyifo no nkyerɛkyerɛ no nyinaa gyina saa mmaransɛm abien yi so.”

Hena Ba Ne Agyenkwa No?

41Farisifo no twaa Yesu ho hyiae no, obisaa wɔn se, 42“Dɛn na mususuw fa Agyenkwa no ho? Hena ba ne no?”

Wobuaa no se, “Dawid Ba.”

43Yesu bisaa wɔn se “Ɛno de, adɛn na Dawid nam Honhom Kronkron so frɛ no ‘Awurade?’ Efisɛ Dawid kae se,

44“ ‘Awurade ka kyerɛɛ me wura se,

“Tena me nifa

kosi sɛ mɛma woadi

wʼatamfo nyinaa so.” ’

45Dawid frɛ no ‘Awurade’ a, ɛno de, ɛyɛɛ dɛn na Kristo no yɛ ne ba?” 46Obiara antumi ammua. Eyi akyi nso, obiara antumi ammisa no nsɛm bio.