1 And on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and scribes, with the elders, came upon him, 2 and spoke to him saying, Tell us by what authority you do these things? and who gave you this authority?
3 And he answered and said to them, I also will ask you a question; and tell me, 4 Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men?
5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, he will say, Why did you not believe him? 6 But if we say, From men, all the people will stone us; for they are persuaded that John is a prophet.
7 And they answered, They did not know whence.
8 And Jesus said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
9 And he spoke to the people this parable; A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went abroad for a long time. 10 And at the time he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard; and the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11 And again he sent another servant; and they beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him, and cast him out.
13 And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; doubtless, when they see him they will respect him.
14 But seeing him, the husbandmen reasoned with themselves, saying, This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 And they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What, therefore, will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those husbandmen, and let the vineyard to others. And hearing this, they said, By no means.
17 And he looked at them and said, What, then, is this which is written? The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of a corner;
18 every one that falls on that stone shall be bruised; but on whomsoever it shall fall it shall crush him to atoms.
19 And the scribes and chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that time; and they feared the people; for they knew that he spoke this parable to them.
20 And they sent spies to watch him, who pretended to be righteous men, that they might take advantage of his speech, to deliver him to the power and authority of the procurator. 21 And they asked him saying, Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and respect no person, but teach the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay tribute to Caesar, or not?
23 And perceiving their craftiness, he said to them, 24 Show me a denarius [14 cents]. Whose figure and inscription has it? And they answered and said, Caesar's.
25 And he said to them, Render therefore Caesar's dues to Caesar, and God's to God.
26 And they were not able to take advantage of his word before the people; and they wondered at his answer, and were silent.
27 And some of the Sadducees came forward, who deny that there is a resurrection, and asked him, 28 saying, Teacher, Moses wrote to us, that if one's brother dies, having a wife, and dies childless, his brother shall take his wife and raise up children for his brother. 29 There were, therefore, seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died childless; 30 and the second and third took her; 31 and in like manner also the seven; [and they] left no children, and died. 32 And last, the woman died also. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, which of them has her for a wife? for the seven had her for a wife.
34 And Jesus said to them, The children of this life marry and are married; 35 but those who are judged worthy to attain that life, and the resurrection of the dead, neither marry nor are married; 36 neither can they die any more; for they are equal to the angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord, The God of Abraham, and God of Isaac, and God of Jacob. 38 But God is not [a God] of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.
39 And some of the scribes answered and said, Teacher, you have spoken well. 40 And they dared not question him any more.
41 And he said to them, How do they say that the Christ is the son of David? 42 And David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit on my right hand, 43 till I make your enemies your footstool.
44 David, therefore, calls him Lord; and how is he his son?
45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to them, 46 Beware of the scribes, who delight to walk in long robes, and love salutations in the markets, and the first seats in the synagogues, and the first places at feasts; 47 who devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; they shall receive a greater judgment.