1Then the LORD told Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. I will write on them the same words that were on the tablets you smashed.
2Be ready in the morning to climb up Mount Sinai and present yourself to me on the top of the mountain.
3No one else may come with you. In fact, no one is to appear anywhere on the mountain. Do not even let the flocks or herds graze near the mountain."
4So Moses chiseled out two tablets of stone like the first ones. Early in the morning he climbed Mount Sinai as the LORD had commanded him, and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands.
5Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh.*
6The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out,
"Yahweh!* The LORD!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
7I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.*
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
even children in the third and fourth generations."
8Moses immediately threw himself to the ground and worshiped.
9And he said, "O Lord, if it is true that I have found favor with you, then please travel with us. Yes, this is a stubborn and rebellious people, but please forgive our iniquity and our sins. Claim us as your own special possession."
10The LORD replied, "Listen, I am making a covenant with you in the presence of all your people. I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the LORD—the awesome power I will display for you.
11But listen carefully to everything I command you today. Then I will go ahead of you and drive out the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
12"Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped.
13Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles.
14You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you.
15"You must not make a treaty of any kind with the people living in the land. They lust after their gods, offering sacrifices to them. They will invite you to join them in their sacrificial meals, and you will go with them.
16Then you will accept their daughters, who sacrifice to other gods, as wives for your sons. And they will seduce your sons to commit adultery against me by worshiping other gods.
17You must not make any gods of molten metal for yourselves.
18"You must celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Celebrate this festival annually at the appointed time in early spring, in the month of Abib,* for that is the anniversary of your departure from Egypt.
19"The firstborn of every animal belongs to me, including the firstborn males from your herds of cattle and your flocks of sheep and goats.
20A firstborn donkey may be bought back from the LORD by presenting a lamb or young goat in its place. But if you do not buy it back, you must break its neck. However, you must buy back every firstborn son.
"No one may appear before me without an offering.
21"You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.
22"You must celebrate the Festival of Harvest* with the first crop of the wheat harvest, and celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest* at the end of the harvest season.
23Three times each year every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the LORD, the God of Israel.
24I will drive out the other nations ahead of you and expand your territory, so no one will covet and conquer your land while you appear before the LORD your God three times each year.
25"You must not offer the blood of my sacrificial offerings together with any baked goods containing yeast. And none of the meat of the Passover sacrifice may be kept over until the next morning.
26"As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the LORD your God.
"You must not cook a young goat in its mother's milk."
27Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write down all these instructions, for they represent the terms of the covenant I am making with you and with Israel."
28Moses remained there on the mountain with the LORD forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the LORD* wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments*—on the stone tablets.
29When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant,* he wasn't aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.
30So when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses' face, they were afraid to come near him.
31But Moses called out to them and asked Aaron and all the leaders of the community to come over, and he talked with them.
32Then all the people of Israel approached him, and Moses gave them all the instructions the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
33When Moses finished speaking with them, he covered his face with a veil.
34But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the LORD, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the LORD had given him,
35and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the LORD.
1Jesus also told them other parables. He said,
2"The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.
3When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!
4"So he sent other servants to tell them, `The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!'
5But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business.
6Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.
7"The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town.
8And he said to his servants, `The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren't worthy of the honor.
9Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.'
10So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.
11"But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn't wearing the proper clothes for a wedding.
12`Friend,' he asked, `how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?' But the man had no reply.
13Then the king said to his aides, `Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14"For many are called, but few are chosen."
15Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
16They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. "Teacher," they said, "we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don't play favorites.
17Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18But Jesus knew their evil motives. "You hypocrites!" he said. "Why are you trying to trap me?
19Here, show me the coin used for the tax." When they handed him a Roman coin,*
20he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?"
21"Caesar's," they replied.
"Well, then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God."
22His reply amazed them, and they went away.
23That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question:
24"Teacher, Moses said, `If a man dies without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother's name.'*
25Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children, so his brother married the widow.
26But the second brother also died, and the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them.
27Last of all, the woman also died.
28So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her."
29Jesus replied, "Your mistake is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.
30For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.
31"But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead—haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said,*
32`I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'* So he is the God of the living, not the dead."
33When the crowds heard him, they were astounded at his teaching.
34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again.
35One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:
36"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"
37Jesus replied, "`You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'*
38This is the first and greatest commandment.
39A second is equally important: `Love your neighbor as yourself.'*
40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
41Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question:
42"What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?"
They replied, "He is the son of David."
43Jesus responded, "Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah `my Lord'? For David said,
44`The LORD said to my Lord,
Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.'*
45Since David called the Messiah `my Lord,' how can the Messiah be his son?"
46No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.