- ¶ AND he began to speak to them in parables.
A man planted a vineyard and fenced it all around, and he dug in it a wine press, and built a tower in it, and then he leased it to laborers and went on a journey.
- And in due season he sent his servant to the laborers to receive some of the fruits of the vineyard.
- But they beat him and sent him away empty.
- And again when he sent to them another servant, they stoned him also and wounded him and sent him away in disgrace.
- And again he sent another, but they killed him;
and he sent many other servants, some of them they beat and some they killed.
- But finally, he had a very beloved son, and he sent him to them last of all, for he said, They might feel ashamed before my son.
- But the laborers said among themselves, This is the heir;
come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.
- And they took and killed him, and threw him outside of the vineyard.
- What then will the owner of the vineyard do?
He will come and destroy those laborers, and give the vineyard to others.
- Have you not read this scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, the same became the cornerstone?
- This was from the Lord, and it is a wonder in our eyes.
- They wanted to seize him, but they were afraid of the people;
for they knew that he spoke this parable against them;
and they left him and went away.
- ¶ And they sent to him some men of the scribes and of the Herodians, that they might trap him by a word.
- They came and asked him, Master, we know that you are true and you do not favor any man;
for you are impartial, and you teach the way of God in truth.
Is it lawful to give head tax to Caesar or not?
- Shall we give or shall we not give?
But he knew their scheme, and said to them, Why do you tempt me?
Bring me a penny, that I may see it.
- And they brought it to him.
He said to them, Whose is this image and inscription?
They said, Caesar’s.
- Jesus said to them, Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.
And they were amazed at him.
- ¶ Then the Sadducees came to him, those who say there is no resurrection;
and they asked him, saying,
- Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother die and leave a wife and leave no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
- Now there were seven brothers;
the first one took a wife and died, and left no offspring.
- Then the second married her, and he died;
he also left no offspring;
and likewise the third one.
- So all seven of them married her, and left no offspring.
And after them all, the woman also died.
- Therefore at the resurrection, whose wife will she be?
for all seven had married her.
- Jesus said to them, Is it not that you err because you do not understand the scriptures nor the power of God?
- For when they rise from the dead, men neither marry women, nor are women given in marriage to men;
but they are like the angels in heaven.
- Now concerning the rising of the dead, have you not read in the book of Moses, how God said to him from the bush, I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?
- And yet he was not the God of the dead, but of the living.
You therefore greatly err.
- ¶ And one of the scribes came near and heard them debating, and he saw that he gave them a good answer.
So he asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
- Jesus said to him, The first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord;
- And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your might;
this is the first commandment.
- And the second is like to it, You must love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.
- The scribe said to him, Well, Teacher, you have said the truth, that he is One, and there is no other besides him;
- And that a man should love him with all the heart and with all the mind and with all the soul and with all the might, and love his neighbor as himself;
this is far more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
- When Jesus saw that he replied wisely, he answered, saying to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God.
And no man dared again to question him.
- ¶ And Jesus answered, saying as he taught in the temple, How do the scribes say that Christ is the son of David?
- For David himself said through the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand until I put your enemies as a stool under your feet.
- Now therefore David himself calls him my Lord, and how can he be his son?
And all the people heard him with pleasure.
- And in his teaching he said to them, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes and love to be saluted in the streets,
- And take the front seats in the synagogues and the head places at banquets;
- Those who embezzle the property of widows, under pretense of making long prayers.
They shall receive greater judgment.
- ¶ And when Jesus sat in front of the treasury, he watched how the people cast their alms into the treasury;
and many rich men were casting in a great deal.
- And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two coins, which are a few pennies.
- And Jesus called his disciples and said to them, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has cast into the treasury more than all the men who are casting;
- For all of them cast in of their abundance;
but she of her poverty cast everything she had, even all of her possessions.