Mark 12:13-40

Jesus Answers the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes

13 1Then they sent some of the Pharisees and 2Herodians to Him in order to 3trap Him in a statement.
14 They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial * to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?
15 "Shall we pay or shall we not pay?" But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at."
16 They brought one. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" And they said to Him, "Caesar's."
17 And Jesus said to them, "4Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.
18 5Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection ) came to Jesus, and began questioning Him, saying,
19 "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that 6IF A MAN'S BROTHER DIES and leaves behind a wife AND LEAVES NO CHILD, HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER.
20 "There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children.
21 "The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise;
22 and so all seven left no children. Last of all the woman died also.
23 "In the resurrection, when they rise again, which one's wife will she be? For all seven had married her."
24 Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?
25 "For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
26 "But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, 7in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, '8I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, and the God of Jacob '?
27 "9He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken."
28 10One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and 11recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The foremost is, '12HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
30 13AND YOU SHALL 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 this, '14YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
32 The scribe said to Him, "Right, Teacher; You have truly * stated that 15HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM;
33 16AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE'S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, 17is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." 18After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.
35 19And Jesus began to say, as He 20taught in the temple, "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the 21son of David?
36 "David himself said in the Holy Spirit, '22THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET."'
37 "David himself calls Him 'Lord '; so in what sense is He his son?" And 23the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.
38 24In His teaching He was saying: "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like 25respectful greetings in the market places,
39 and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,