1 And it fortuned, in one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple; and preached the gospel; the high priests and the scribes came unto him with the elders, 2 And spake unto him, saying, "Tell us by what authority thou doest these things? Either, who is he that gave thee this authority?"
3 He answered and said unto them, "I also will ask you a question: and answer me. 4 The baptism of John: was it from heaven, or of men?"
5 And they thought within themselves saying, "If we shall say. 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then believed ye him not?' 6 But and if we shall say, 'Of men,' all the people will stone us. For they surely be persuaded that John is a prophet."
7 And they answered that they could not tell whence it was.
8 And Jesus said unto them, "Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."
9 Then began he to put forth to the people this similitude, "A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to farmers, and went himself into a strange country for a great season. 10 And when the time was come, he sent a servant to his tenants, that they should give him of the fruits of the vineyard. And the tenants did beat him: and sent him away empty. 11 And again he ceased not thereby but sent yet another servant. And they did beat him, and foul entreated him also, and sent him away empty. 12 Moreover, he sent the third, too: And him they wounded, and cast him out.
13 Then said the Lord of the vineyard, 'What shall I do? I will send my dear son, him peradventure they will reverence, when they see him.'
14 But when the farmers saw him, they thought in themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 And they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now what shall the Lord of the vineyard do unto them? 16 He will come and destroy those farmers, and will let out his vineyard to others." When they heard that, they said, "God forbid."
17 And he beheld them and said, "What meaneth this then that is written, 'The stone that the builders refused, the same is made the head cornerstone?'
18 Whosoever stumble at that stone, shall be broken: but on whosoever it fall upon, it will grind him to powder."
19 And the high priests and the scribes, the same hour went about to lay hands on him, but they feared the people. For they perceived that he had spoken this similitude against them.
20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves perfect, to take him in his words, and to deliver him unto the power, and authority of the deputy. 21 And they asked him saying, "Master, we know that thou sayest, and teachest right, neither considerest thou any man's degree, but teachest the way of God truly. 22 Is it lawful for us to give Caesar tribute, or no?"
23 He perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, "Why tempt ye me? 24 Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?" They answered and said, "Caesar's."
25 And he said unto them, "Give then unto Caesar, that which belongeth unto Cesar: And to God, that which pertaineth to God."
26 And they could not reprove his saying before the people. But they marveled at his answer, and held their peace.
27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection. And they asked him, 28 saying, "Master, Moses wrote unto us, 'if any man's brother die having a wife; And the same die without issue: that then his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.' 29 There were seven brethren, and the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second took the wife, and he died childless. 31 And the third took her, and in likewise the residue of the seven; And left no children behind them, and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Now at the resurrection whose wife of them shall she be? for seven had her to wife."
34 Jesus answered and said unto them, "The children of this world marry wives, and are married, 35 but they which shall be made worthy to enjoy that world, and the resurrection from death, neither marry wives, 36 neither are married, nor yet can die any more. For they are equal unto the angels: and are the sons of God, inasmuch as they are the children of the resurrection. 37 And that the dead shall rise again, even Moses signified besides the bush, when he said, 'The Lord God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' 38 For he is not the God of the dead, but of them which live. For all live in him."
39 Then certain of the Pharisees answered and said, "Master, thou hast well said." 40 And after that durst they not ask him any question at all.
41 Then said he unto them, "How say they that Christ is David's son? 42 And David himself saith in the book of the Psalms, 'The Lord said unto my Lord: Sit on my right hand, 43 till I make thine enemies thy foot stool.'
44 Seeing David then calleth him Lord: How is he also then his son?"
45 Then in the audience of all the people, he said unto his disciples, 46 "Beware of the scribes, which desire to go in long clothing: and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and chief rooms at feasts, 47 which devour widows' houses, and that under a colour of long praying: The same shall receive greater damnation."