And he began to speak to them in similes: `A man planted a vineyard, and put a hedge around, and digged an under-winevat, and built a tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad;
and he sent unto the husbandmen at the due time a servant, that from the husbandmen he may receive from the fruit of the vineyard,
and they, having taken him, did severely beat [him], and did send him away empty.
`And again he sent unto them another servant, and at that one having cast stones, they wounded [him] in the head, and sent away -- dishonoured.
`And again he sent another, and that one they killed; and many others, some beating, and some killing.
`Having yet therefore one son -- his beloved -- he sent also him unto them last, saying -- They will reverence my son;
and those husbandmen said among themselves -- This is the heir, come, we may kill him, and ours shall be the inheritance;
and having taken him, they did kill, and cast [him] forth without the vineyard.
`What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.
And this Writing did ye not read: A stone that the builders rejected, it did become the head of a corner:
from the Lord was this, and it is wonderful in our eyes.'
And they were seeking to lay hold on him, and they feared the multitude, for they knew that against them he spake the simile, and having left him, they went away;
and they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, that they may ensnare him in discourse,
and they having come, say to him, `Teacher, we have known that thou art true, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look to the face of men, but in truth the way of God dost teach; is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not? may we give, or may we not give?'
And he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, `Why me do ye tempt? bring me a denary, that I may see;'
and they brought, and he saith to them, `Whose [is] this image, and the inscription?' and they said to him, `Caesar's;'
and Jesus answering said to them, `Give back the things of Caesar to Caesar, and the things of God to God;' and they did wonder at him.
And the Sadducees come unto him, who say there is not a rising again, and they questioned him, saying,
`Teacher, Moses wrote to us, that if any one's brother may die, and may leave a wife, and may leave no children, that his brother may take his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.
`There were then seven brothers, and the first took a wife, and dying, he left no seed;
and the second took her, and died, neither left he seed, and the third in like manner,
and the seven took her, and left no seed, last of all died also the woman;
in the rising again, then, whenever they may rise, of which of them shall she be wife -- for the seven had her as wife?'
And Jesus answering said to them, `Do ye not because of this go astray, not knowing the Writings, nor the power of God?
for when they may rise out of the dead, they neither marry nor are they given in marriage, but are as messengers who are in the heavens.
`And concerning the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the Book of Moses (at The Bush), how God spake to him, saying, I [am] the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
he is not the God of dead men, but a God of living men; ye then go greatly astray.'
And one of the scribes having come near, having heard them disputing, knowing that he answered them well, questioned him, `Which is the first command of all?'
and Jesus answered him -- `The first of all the commands [is], Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one;
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God out of all thy heart, and out of thy soul, and out of all thine understanding, and out of all thy strength -- this [is] the first command;
and the second [is] like [it], this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; -- greater than these there is no other command.'
And the scribe said to him, `Well, Teacher, in truth thou hast spoken that there is one God, and there is none other but He;
and to love Him out of all the heart, and out of all the understanding, and out of all the soul, and out of all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as one's self, is more than all the whole burnt-offerings and the sacrifices.'
And Jesus, having seen him that he answered with understanding, said to him, `Thou art not far from the reign of God;' and no one any more durst question him.
And Jesus answering said, teaching in the temple, `How say the scribes that the Christ is son of David?
for David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my lord, Sit thou on My right hand, till I place thine enemies -- thy footstool;
therefore David himself saith of him Lord, and whence is he his son?' And the great multitude were hearing him gladly,
and he was saying to them in his teaching, `Beware of the scribes, who will in long robes to walk, and love salutations in the market-places,
and first seats in the synagogues, and first couches in suppers,
who are devouring the widows' houses, and for a pretense are making long prayers; these shall receive more abundant judgment.'
And Jesus having sat down over-against the treasury, was beholding how the multitude do put brass into the treasury, and many rich were putting in much,
and having come, a poor widow did put in two mites, which are a farthing.
And having called near his disciples, he saith to them, `Verily I say to you, that this poor widow hath put in more than all those putting into the treasury;
for all, out of their abundance, put in, but she, out of her want, all that she had put in -- all her living.'
And as he is going forth out of the temple, one of his disciples saith to him, `Teacher, see! what stones! and what buildings!'
and Jesus answering said to him, `Seest thou these great buildings? there may not be left a stone upon a stone, that may not be thrown down.'
And as he is sitting at the mount of the Olives, over-against the temple, Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, were questioning him by himself,
`Tell us when these things shall be? and what [is] the sign when all these may be about to be fulfilled?'
And Jesus answering them, began to say, `Take heed lest any one may lead you astray,
for many shall come in my name, saying -- I am [he], and many they shall lead astray;
and when ye may hear of wars and reports of wars, be not troubled, for these behove to be, but the end [is] not yet;
for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles; beginnings of sorrows [are] these.
`And take ye heed to yourselves, for they shall deliver you up to sanhedrims, and to synagogues, ye shall be beaten, and before governors and kings ye shall be set for my sake, for a testimony to them;
and to all the nations it behoveth first that the good news be proclaimed.
`And when they may lead you, delivering up, be not anxious beforehand what ye may speak, nor premeditate, but whatever may be given to you in that hour, that speak ye, for it is not ye who are speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
`And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and father child, and children shall rise up against parents, and shall put them to death,
and ye shall be hated by all because of my name, but he who hath endured to the end -- he shall be saved.
`And when ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (whoever is reading let him understand), then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains;
and he upon the house-top, let him not come down to the house, nor come in to take anything out of his house;
and he who is in the field, let him not turn to the things behind, to take up his garment.
`And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days;
and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter,
for those days shall be tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the creation that God created, till now, and may not be;
and if the Lord did not shorten the days, no flesh had been saved; but because of the chosen, whom He did choose to Himself, He did shorten the days.
`And then, if any may say to you, Lo, here [is] the Christ, or, Lo, there, ye may not believe;
for there shall rise false Christs and false prophets, and they shall give signs and wonders, to seduce, if possible, also the chosen;
and ye, take heed; lo, I have foretold you all things.
`But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
and the stars of the heaven shall be falling, and the powers that are in the heavens shall be shaken.
`And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in clouds with much power and glory,
and then he shall send his messengers, and gather together his chosen from the four winds, from the end of the earth unto the end of heaven.
`And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: when the branch may already become tender, and may put forth the leaves, ye know that nigh is the summer;
so ye, also, when these ye may see coming to pass, ye know that it is nigh, at the doors.
Verily I say to you, that this generation may not pass away till all these things may come to pass;
the heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
`And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known -- not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son -- except the Father.
Take heed, watch and pray, for ye have not known when the time is;
as a man who is gone abroad, having left his house, and given to his servants the authority, and to each one his work, did command also the porter that he may watch;
watch ye, therefore, for ye have not known when the lord of the house doth come, at even, or at midnight, or at cock-crowing, or at the morning;
lest, having come suddenly, he may find you sleeping;
and what I say to you, I say to all, Watch.'