Bishops' Bible

Matthew 22

The parable of the marriage of the king's son.

Matthew 22:1 And Iesus aunswered, and spake vnto them againe by parables, and sayde: Matthew 22:2 The kyngdome of heauen is lyke vnto a man that was a kyng, which made a mariage for his sonne. Matthew 22:3 And sent foorth his seruauntes, to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they woulde not come. Matthew 22:4 Agayne, he sent foorth other seruauntes, saying: Tell them which are bidden, beholde, I haue prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fatlynges are kylled, and all thynges are redy: come vnto the mariage. Matthew 22:5 But they made lyght of it, and went their wayes, one to his farme, another to his marchaundize: Matthew 22:6 And the remnaunt toke his seruauntes, and entreated them spitefully, and slewe them. Matthew 22:7 But when the kyng hearde [therof], he was wroth, and sent foorth his men of warre, and destroyed those murtherers and brent vp their citie. Matthew 22:8 Then sayde he to his seruauntes, the mariage in dede is prepared: But they which were bidden, were not worthy.

The vocation of the Gentiles.

Matthew 22:9 Go ye therfore out into the hye wayes: and as many as ye fynde, bid [them] to the mariage. Matthew 22:10 And the seruauntes went out into the hye wayes, and gathered together all, as many as they coulde fynde, both good and bad: and the weddyng was furnished with ghestes.

Matthew 22:11 Then the kyng came in, to see the ghestes: and whe he spyed there a man, which had not on a weddyng garmet,

The punishment of him that wanted the wedding garment.

Matthew 22:12 He sayde vnto hym: frende, howe camest thou in hyther, not hauyng a weddyng garment? And he was euen speachlesse. Matthew 22:13 Then sayde the kyng to the ministers: bynde hym hande and foote, and cast hym into vtter darknesse: there shalbe wepyng and gnasshyng of teeth. Matthew 22:14 For many be called, but fewe are chosen.

Tribute ought to be paid to Caesar.

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and toke councell how they myght intangle hym in his talke. Matthew 22:16 And they sent out vnto hym their disciples, with the Herodians seruauntes, saying: Maister, we knowe that thou art true, and teachest the way of God truely, neither carest thou for any man: for thou doest not respect mens persons. Matthew 22:17 Tell vs therfore, howe thynkest thou? Is it lawfull that tribute be geuen vnto Caesar, or not? Matthew 22:18 But Iesus perceauyng their wickednesse, sayde: Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Matthew 22:19 Shewe me the tribute money. And they brought vnto hym a peny. Matthew 22:20 And he sayde to them: whose is this image and superscription? Matthew 22:21 They say vnto hym, Caesars. Then sayde he vnto them: Geue therfore vnto Caesar, the [thynges] which are Caesars: and vnto God, those [thynges] that are gods. Matthew 22:22 When they had hearde [these wordes] they marueyled, and left hym, and went their way.

Christ confuteth the Sadducees for the resurrection:

Matthew 22:23 The same day came to hym the Saducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked hym, Matthew 22:24 Saying: Maister, Moyses sayde, that if a man dye, hauing no childre, his brother shoulde mary his wyfe, and rayse vp seede vnto his brother. Matthew 22:25 Ther were with vs seuen brethren, and the first maryed a wyfe, and deceassed without issue, and left his wyfe vnto his brother. Matthew 22:26 Likewyse, the seconde, and the thirde, vnto the seuenth. Matthew 22:27 Last of all, the woman dyed also. Matthew 22:28 Therfore, in the resurrection, whose wyfe shall she be of the seuen? For they all had her. Matthew 22:29 Iesus aunswered & sayde vnto them: ye do erre, not knowyng the Scriptures, nor the power of God. Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection, they neither mary, nor are geuen in maryage: but are as the Angels of God in heauen. Matthew 22:31 But as touchyng the resurrection of the dead: haue ye not read that which is spoken vnto you of God, which sayth. Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the lyuyng. Matthew 22:33 And when the multitudes hearde this, they were astonyed at his doctrine.

answereth the lawyer, which is the first and great commandment:

Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Saducees to silence, they came together. Matthew 22:35 And one of them, which was a lawyer, asked hym a question, temptyng hym, and saying: Matthew 22:36 Maister, which is the great commaundent in the lawe? Matthew 22:37 Iesus sayde vnto hym: Thou shalt loue the Lorde thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soule, and with all thy mynde. Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commaundement. Matthew 22:39 And the seconde is lyke vnto this. Thou shalt loue thy neyghbour as thy selfe. Matthew 22:40 In these two commaundementes, hang all the lawe and the prophetes.

and poseth the Pharisees about the Messias.

Matthew 22:41 Whyle the Pharisees were gathered together, Iesus asked them, Matthew 22:42 Saying: what thynke ye of Christe? whose sonne is he? They sayde vnto hym [the sonne] of Dauid. Matthew 22:43 He sayde vnto them: howe then doth Dauid in spirite call him Lorde, saying: Matthew 22:44 The Lorde sayd vnto my Lorde: sit thou on my ryght hande, tyll I make thyne enemyes thy footestoole? Matthew 22:45 If Dauid then call him Lorde, howe is he then his sonne? Matthew 22:46 And no man was able to aunswere hym a worde: neither durst any man (from that day foorth) aske hym any mo questions.

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