8So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.9"What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?" Jesus asked. "I'll tell you -- he will come and kill them all and lease the vineyard to others. 10Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. 11This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see.' a " 12
The Jewish leaders wanted to arrest him for using this illustration because they realized he was pointing at them -- they were the wicked farmers in his story. But they were afraid to touch him because of the crowds. So they left him and went away.
The leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to try to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
"Teacher," these men said, "we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don't play favorites. You sincerely teach the ways of God. Now tell us -- is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?
Should we pay them, or should we not?" Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Whom are you trying to fool with your trick questions? Show me a Roman coin, b and I'll tell you." 16
When they handed it to him, he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?" "Caesar's," they replied.
17"Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God." This reply completely amazed them.
Then the Sadducees stepped forward -- a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. They posed this question:
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)