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Luke 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One day as Jesus was teaching and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests and teachers of religious law and other leaders came up to him. 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 They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority?" 2 "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things," they said. "Who gave you this authority?"
3 "Let me ask you a question first," he replied. 3 He replied, "I will also ask you a question. Tell me,
4 "Did John's baptism come from heaven, or was it merely human?" 4 John's baptism--was it from heaven, or from men?"
5 They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe 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 it was merely human, the people will stone us, because they are convinced he 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 Finally they replied, "We don't know." 7 So they answered, "We don't know where it was from."
8 And Jesus responded, "Then I won't answer your question either." 8 Jesus said, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
9 Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it out to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years. 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 At grape-picking time, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 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 So the owner sent another servant, but the same thing happened; he was beaten up and treated shamefully, and he went away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
12 A third man was sent and the same thing happened. He, too, was wounded and chased away." 12 He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
13 "'What will I do?' the owner asked himself. 'I know! I'll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect 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 farmers saw his son, they said to each other, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!' 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 So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him." "What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to those farmers?" Jesus asked. 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 "I'll tell you -- he will come and kill them all and lease the vineyard to others." "But God forbid that such a thing should ever happen," his listeners protested. 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 Jesus looked at them and said, "Then what do the Scriptures mean? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.' 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 All who stumble over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."
19 When the teachers of religious law and the leading priests heard this story, they wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was pointing at them -- that they were the farmers in the story. But they were afraid there would be a riot if they arrested him. 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 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent secret agents pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 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 They said, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You sincerely teach the ways 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 Now tell us -- is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?" 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23 He saw through their trickery and said, 23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them,
24 "Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped on it?" "Caesar's," they replied. 24 "Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?"
25 "Well then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God." 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 So they failed to trap him in the presence of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they were silenced. 26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
27 Then some Sadducees stepped forward -- a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. 27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.
28 They posed this question: "Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir. 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 Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest married and then died without children. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.
30 His brother married the widow, but he also died. Still no children. 30 The second
31 And so it went, one after the other, until each of the seven had married her and died, leaving no children. 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children.
32 Finally, the woman died, too. 32 Finally, the woman died too.
33 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!" 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
34 Jesus replied, "Marriage is for people here on earth. 34 Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.
35 But that is not the way it will be in the age to come. For those worthy of being raised from the dead won't be married then. 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 they will never die again. In these respects they are like angels. They are children of God raised up to new life. 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 now, as to whether the dead will be raised -- even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as '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 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. They are all alive to him." 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."
39 "Well said, Teacher!" remarked some of the teachers of religious law who were standing there. 39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!"
40 And that ended their questions; no one dared to ask any more. 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
41 Then Jesus presented them with a question. "Why is it," he asked, "that the Messiah is said to be 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 wrote in the book of Psalms: 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor 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 until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.' 43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." '
44 Since David called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?" 44 David calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?"
45 Then, with the crowds listening, he turned to his disciples and said, 45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,
46 "Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they love to parade in flowing robes and to have everyone bow to them as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. 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 But they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property, and then, to cover up the kind of people they really are, they make long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the greater." 47 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."