1 And it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and
preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, came
2 and spoke to Him, saying, Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or
who is he who gave You this authority?
3 But He answered and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me:
4 The immersion of John; was it from Heaven or from men?
5 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From Heaven, He will say,
Why then did you not believe him?
6 But if we say, From men, all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John
was a prophet.
7 So they answered that they did not know where it was from.
8 And Jesus said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
9 Then He began to tell the people this parable: A certain man planted a vineyard,
leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.
10 Now at the right time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him
some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away
11 And again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully,
and sent him away empty-handed.
12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son.
Perhaps they will respect him when they see him.
14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is
the heir. Come, let us kill him, so that the inheritance may become ours.
15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of
the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and destroy these vinedressers and give the vineyard to others. And
when they heard it they said, Let it not be!
17 And He looked at them and said, What then is this that is written: The stone which
the builders rejected has become the head of the corner?
18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken in pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will
19 And the chief priests and the scribes that same hour sought to lay hands on Him, but
they feared the people; for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might
seize on one of His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the
21 Then they asked Him, saying, Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal regard, but teach the way of God in truth:
22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar or not?
23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, Why do you test Me?
24 Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have? They answered and
25 And He said to them, Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to
God the things that are God's.
26 And they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they
marveled at His answer and kept silent.
27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and
28 saying: Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife, and he
dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up seed for his brother.
29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children.
30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.
31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children,
32 Last of all the woman died also.
33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife is she? For the seven had her as wife.
34 And Jesus answered and said to them, The sons of this world marry and are given in
35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that world, and the resurrection from the
dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
36 nor is it possible for them to die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are
sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 But even Moses showed at the bush that the dead are raised, when he calls the Lord
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, Teacher, You have well said.
40 And after that they dared not question Him anymore.
41 And He said to them, How do they say that the Christ is the Son of David?
42 Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at
My right hand,
43 till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
44 Therefore David calls Him Lord; how is He then his Son?
45 Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples,
46 Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the
marketplaces, the chief seats in the synagogues, and the chief places at feasts,
47 who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will
receive greater condemnation.