2 ‘The kingdom of heaven’, he said, ‘is like a king who made a wedding feast for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call the invited guests to the wedding, and they didn’t want to come.
4 ‘Again he sent other slaves, with these instructions: “Say to the guests, Look! I’ve got my dinner ready; my bulls and fatted calves have been killed; everything is prepared. Come to the wedding!”
5 ‘But they didn’t take any notice. They went off, one to his own farm, another to see to his business. 6 The others laid hands on his slaves, abused them and killed them. 7 (The king was angry, and sent his soldiers to destroy those murderers and burn down their city.) 8 Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but the guests didn’t deserve it. 9 So go to the roads leading out of town, and invite everyone you find to the wedding.” 10 The slaves went off into the streets and rounded up everyone they found, bad and good alike. And the wedding was filled with partygoers.
11 ‘But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who wasn’t wearing a wedding suit.
12 ‘ “My friend,” he said to him, “how did you get in here without a wedding suit?” And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, “Tie him up, hands and feet, and throw him into the darkness outside, where people weep and grind their teeth.”
14 ‘Many are called, you see, but few are chosen.’