"Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 143

Context: Jesus, confronted in Jerusalem by the chief priests and Pharisees, who are alarmed at His entry into the city and who question His authority as a teacher or prophet, speaks to them of the Kingdom of Heaven. Fearful of the multitude, which holds Jesus to be a prophet of God, the Pharisees can only hear His pointed words. Teaching in His customary parables, Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven with a wedding feast made ready by a king for his son. When the invited wedding guests refuse to attend, the king denounces them and sends his servants into the streets to invite the good and the bad. At the feast, on seeing that one guest has not come in a wedding garment, the king casts him out. Jesus concludes the parable with the words:

For many are called, but few are chosen.

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