Luke 20:1-26 (New American Standard)

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Jesus' Authority Questioned

1 1On one of the days while 2He was teaching the people in the temple and 3preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders 4confronted Him, 2 and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?" 3 Jesus answered and said to them, "I will also ask you a aquestion, and you tell Me: 4 "Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?" 5 They reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why did you not believe him?' 6 "But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a 5prophet." 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, "Nor bwill I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Parable of the Vine-growers

9 6And He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to cvine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time. 10 "At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 "And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed. 12 "And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out. 13 "The downer of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will 7respect him.' 14 "But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.' 15 "So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the eowner of the vineyard do to them? 16 "He will come and 8destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others." When they heard it, they said, "9May it never be!" 17 But fJesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: '10THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME 11THE CHIEF CORNER stone'? 18 "12Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

Tribute to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests 13tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them. 20 14So they watched Him, and sent spies who gpretended to be righteous, in order 15that they might hcatch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of 16the governor. 21 They questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You iare not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. 22 "Is it jlawful for us 17to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 23 But He detected their trickery and said to them, 24 "Show Me a kdenarius. Whose llikeness and inscription does it have?" They said, "Caesar's." 25 And He said to them, "Then 18render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 26 And they were unable to m19catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
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