Matthew 22:1-14 – Only Matthew records this parable.
Jesus spoke to them again by parables.
The kingdom of heaven is likened to a certain king, who made a marriage for his son.
He sent forth his servants to call those who were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
He sent forth other servants.
King (to these servants): Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come to the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and killed them.
When the king heard of this, he was angry: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
King (to his servants): The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.
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.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who did not have on a wedding garment.
King (to the guest): Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?
And he was speechless.
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.
For many are called, but few are chosen.