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1 Then Jesus began telling them stories: "A man planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 1 He then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey.
2 At grape-picking time he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 "The owner then sent another servant, but they beat him over the head and treated him shamefully. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
5 The next servant he sent was killed. Others who were sent were either beaten or killed, 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 until there was only one left -- his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, 'Surely they will respect my son.' 6 "He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
7 "But the farmers said to one another, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!' 7 "But the tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8 So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard. 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him 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. 9 "What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
10 Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. 10 Haven't you read this scripture: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
11 This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see.' " 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes' ?"
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. 12 Then they looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
13 The leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to try to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
14 "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? 14 They came to him and said, "Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
15 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, and I'll tell you." 15 Should we pay or shouldn't we?" But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why are you trying to trap me?" he asked. "Bring me a denarius and let me look at it."
16 When they handed it to him, he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?" "Caesar's," they replied. 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?" "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. 17 Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him.
18 Then the Sadducees stepped forward -- a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. They posed this question: 18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
19 "Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir. 19 "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.
20 Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest of them married and then died without children. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
21 So the second brother married the widow, but soon he too died and left no children. Then the next brother married her and died without children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
22 This continued until all the brothers had married her and died, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman died, too. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
23 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her." 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
24 Jesus replied, "Your problem is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God. 24 Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
25 For when the dead rise, they won't be married. They will be like the angels in heaven. 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
26 But now, as to whether the dead will be raised -- haven't you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' 26 Now about the dead rising--have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'+t +u?
27 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error." 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"
28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29 Jesus replied, "The most important commandment is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.' 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
32 The teacher of religious law replied, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. 32 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbors as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law." 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34 Realizing this man's understanding, Jesus said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions. 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
35 Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, "Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah will be the son of David? 35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, "How is it that the teachers of the law say that the Christ is the son of David?
36 For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.' 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
37 Since David himself called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?" And the crowd listened to him with great interest. 37 David himself calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?" The large crowd listened to him with delight.
38 Here are some of the other things he taught them at this time: "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. 38 As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces,
39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets. 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
40 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." 40 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
41 Jesus went over to the collection box in the Temple and sat and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
43 He called his disciples to him and said, "I assure you, this poor widow has given more than all the others have given. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has." 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on."