Mark 12:13-40

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, 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 the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?
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 brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”“Caesar’s,” they replied.
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”And they were amazed at him.

Marriage at the Resurrection

18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
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 raise up offspring for his brother.
20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
23 At the resurrection[b] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[c] ?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Greatest Commandment

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 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[d]
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.’[e]
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[f] There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
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 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.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?
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.” ’[g]
37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”The large crowd listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

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 with respect in the marketplaces,
39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

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Cross References 22

  • 1. Matthew 22:16; Mark 3:6
  • 2. S Matthew 12:10
  • 3. Romans 13:7
  • 4. S Acts 4:1
  • 5. Acts 23:8; 1 Corinthians 15:12
  • 6. Deuteronomy 25:5
  • 7. 2 Timothy 3:15-17
  • 8. 1Co 15:42,49,52
  • 9. Exodus 3:6
  • 10. Luke 10:25-28; Luke 20:39
  • 11. Deuteronomy 6:4,5
  • 12. Leviticus 19:18; S Matthew 5:43
  • 13. Deuteronomy 4:35,39; Isaiah 45:6,14; Isaiah 46:9
  • 14. 1 Samuel 15:22; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8; Hebrews 10:8
  • 15. S Matthew 3:2
  • 16. Matthew 22:46; Luke 20:40
  • 17. S Matthew 26:55
  • 18. S Matthew 9:27
  • 19. 2 Samuel 23:2
  • 20. Psalms 110:1; S Matthew 22:44
  • 21. John 12:9
  • 22. Luke 11:43

Footnotes 7

  • [a]. A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
  • [b]. Some manuscripts "resurrection, when people rise from the dead,"
  • [c]. Exodus 3:6
  • [d]. Or "The Lord our God is one Lord"
  • [e]. Deut. 6:4,5
  • [f]. Lev. 19:18
  • [g]. Psalm 110:1
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