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1 Then Jesus started telling them stories. "A man planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, erected a watchtower, turned it over to the farmhands, and went off on a trip. 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 the time for harvest, he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect his profits. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 "They grabbed him, beat him up, and sent him off empty-handed. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
4 So he sent another servant. That one they tarred and feathered. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
5 He sent another and that one they killed. And on and on, many others. Some they beat up, some they killed. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 "Finally there was only one left: a beloved son. In a last-ditch effort, he 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 those farmhands saw their chance. They rubbed their hands together in greed and said, 'This is the heir! Let's kill him and have it all 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 They grabbed him, killed him, and threw him over the fence. 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 "What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do? Right. He'll come and clean house. Then he'll assign the care of 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 Read it for yourselves in Scripture: That stone the masons threw out is now the cornerstone! 10 Haven't you read this scripture: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
11 This is God's work; we rub our eyes - we can hardly believe it!" 11 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes' ?"
12 They wanted to lynch him then and there but, intimidated by public opinion, held back. They knew the story was about them. They got away from there as fast as they could. Paying Taxes to Caesar 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 They sent some Pharisees and followers of Herod to bait him, hoping to catch him saying something incriminating. 13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
14 They came up and said, "Teacher, we know you have integrity, that you are indifferent to public opinion, don't pander to your students, and teach the way of God accurately. Tell us: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar 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 He knew it was a trick question, and said, "Why are you playing these games with me? Bring me a coin and let me look at it." 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 They handed him one. "This engraving - who does it look like? And whose name is on it?" "Caesar," they said. 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied.
17 Jesus said, "Give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his." Their mouths hung open, speechless. 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 Some Sadducees, the party that denies any possibility of resurrection, came up and asked, 18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
19 "Teacher, Moses wrote that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to marry the widow and have children. 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 once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died childless. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
21 The second married her. He died, and still no child. The same with the third. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
22 All seven took their turn, but no child. Finally the wife died. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
23 When they are raised at the resurrection, whose wife is she? All seven were her husband." 23 At the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
24 Jesus said, "You're way off base, and here's why: One, you don't know your Bibles; two, you don't know how God works. 24 Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
25 After the dead are raised up, we're past the marriage business. As it is with angels now, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
26 And regarding the dead, whether or not they are raised, don't you ever read the Bible? How God at the bush said to Moses, 'I am - not was - 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 The living God is God of the living, not the dead. You're way, way off base." 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"
28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?" 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 said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' 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 And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these." 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
32 The religion scholar said, "A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate - that God is one and there is 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 loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that's better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!" 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 When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, "You're almost there, right on the border of God's kingdom." After that, no one else dared ask a question. 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 While he was teaching in the Temple, Jesus asked, "How is it that the religion scholars say that the Messiah is David's 'son,' 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 when we all know that David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said, God said to my Master, "Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under 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 "David here designates the Messiah 'my Master' - so how can the Messiah also be his 'son'?" The large crowd was delighted with what they heard. 37 David himself calls him 'Lord.' How then can he be his son?" The large crowd listened to him with delight.
38 He continued teaching. "Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preening in the radiance of public flattery, 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 basking in prominent positions, sitting at the head table at every church function. 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
40 And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they'll pay for it in the end." 40 They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
41 Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. 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 One poor widow came up and put in two small coins - a measly two cents. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
43 Jesus called his disciples over and said, "The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. 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 All the others gave what they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford - she gave her all." 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on."