1 And Jesus
answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 The kingdom of
heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage
for his son,
3 And sent forth
his servants to call them that were bidden to the
wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent
forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden,
Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my
fatlings are killed, and all things are
ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made
light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm,
another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant
took his servants, and entreated them spitefully,
and slew them.
7 But when the king
heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his
armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up
8 Then saith he to
his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were
bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore
into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to
10 So those
servants went out into the highways, and gathered
together all as many as they found, both bad and good:
and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 ¶ And when the
king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which
had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith
unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a
wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the
king 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.
14 For many are
called, but few are chosen.