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1 And it came about on one of those days, when he was teaching the people in the Temple and preaching the good news, 1 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.
2 That the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people came to him and said, Make clear to us by what authority you do these things and who gave you this authority. 2 "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they said. "Who gave you this authority?"
3 And in answer he said to them, I will put a question to you, and do you give me an answer: 3 He replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me,
4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven or of men? 4 John's baptism--was it from heaven, or from men?"
5 And they said among themselves, If we say, From heaven; he will say, Why did you not have faith in him? 5 They discussed it among themselves and said, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Why didn't you believe him?'
6 But if we say, Of men; we will be stoned by the people, for they are certain that John was a prophet. 6 But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
7 And they made answer that they had no idea where it came from. 7 So they answered, "We don't know where it was from."
8 And Jesus said, And I will not make clear to you by what authority I do these things. 8 Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
9 And he gave the people this story: A man made a vine-garden and gave the use of it to some field-workers and went into another country for a long time. 9 He went on to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time.
10 And at the right time he sent a servant to the workers to get part of the fruit from the vines; but the workmen gave him blows and sent him away with nothing. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 And he sent another servant, and they gave blows to him in the same way, and put shame on him, and sent him away with nothing. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
12 And he sent a third, and they gave him wounds and put him out. 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 And the lord of the garden said, What am I to do? I will send my dearly loved son; they may give respect to him. 13 "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.'
14 But when the workmen saw him, they said to one another, This is he who will one day be the owner of the property: let us put him to death and the heritage will be ours. 14 "But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. 'This is the heir,' they said. 'Let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
15 And driving him out of the garden they put him to death. Now what will the lord do to these workmen? 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and put them to destruction and give the garden to others. And when he said this, they said, May it not be so. 16 He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "May this never be!"
17 But he, looking on them, said, Is it not in the Writings, The stone which the builders put on one side, the same has become the chief stone of the building? 17 Jesus looked directly at them and asked, "Then what is the meaning of that which is written: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone ' ?
18 Everyone falling on that stone will be broken, but the man on whom the stone comes down will be crushed to dust. 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."
19 And the chief priests and the scribes made attempts to get their hands on him in that very hour; and they were in fear of the people, for they saw that he had made up this story against them. 19 The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
20 And they kept watch on him, and sent out secret representatives, who were acting the part of good men, in order that they might get something from his words, on account of which they might give him up to the government and into the power of the ruler. 20 Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
21 And they put a question to him, saying, Master, we are certain that your teaching and your words are right, and that you have no respect for a man's position, but you are teaching the true way of God: 21 So the spies questioned him: "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
22 Is it right for us to make payment of taxes to Caesar or not? 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23 But he saw through their trick and said to them, 23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 Let me see a penny. Whose image and name are on it? And they said, Caesar's. 24 "Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?"
25 And he said, Then give to Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and to God the things which are God's. 25 "Caesar's," they replied. He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
26 And they were not able to get anything from these words before the people: but they were full of wonder at his answer, and said nothing. 26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
27 And some of the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no coming back from the dead; and they said to him, 27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.
28 Master, Moses said that if a man's brother comes to his end, having a wife, but no children, his brother is to take the wife, and get a family for his brother. 28 "Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother.
29 Now there were seven brothers, and the first had a wife and came to his end, having no children; 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.
30 And the second; 30 The second
31 And the third took her; and in the same way, all the seven, without having any children, came to their end. 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children.
32 And last of all, the woman came to her end. 32 Finally, the woman died too.
33 When they come back from the dead, whose wife will she be? for all the seven had her. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
34 And Jesus said to them, The sons of this world are married and have wives; 34 Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.
35 But those to whom is given the reward of the world to come, and to come back from the dead, have no wives, and are not married; 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage,
36 And death has no more power over them, for they are equal to the angels, and are sons of God, being of those who will come back from the dead. 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.
37 But even Moses made it clear that the dead come back to life, saying, in the story of the burning thorn-tree, The Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 37 But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord 'the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
38 Now he is not the God of the dead but of the living: for all men are living to him. 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."
39 And some of the scribes, in answer to this, said, Master, you have said well. 39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!"
40 And they had fear of putting any more questions to him. 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
41 And he said to them, Why do they say that the Christ is the son of David? 41 Then Jesus said to them, "How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David?
42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Take your seat at my right hand, 42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
43 Till I put under your feet all those who are against you. 43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." '
44 David then gives him the name of Lord, so how is it possible for him to be his son? 44 David calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?"
45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,
46 Keep away from the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes, and to have words of respect said to them in the market-places, and to take the chief seats in the Synagogues and the first places at feasts; 46 "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
47 Who take the property of widows and before the eyes of men make long prayers; they will get a greater punishment. 47 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."