1 And it came to pass, on one of the days, as He was teaching the people in the temple, and proclaiming the Gospel, that there came upon Him the high priests and the scribes with the elders, 2 and spake, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority Thou art doing these things, or who gave Thee this authority?"
3 And, answering, He said to them, "I, too, will ask you a question; and tell Me: 4 The immersion of John, was it from Heaven, or of men?"
5 And they reasoned together with themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From Heaven,' He will say, 'Why did ye not believe him?' 6 and if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us; for they are persuaded that John was a prophet."
7 And they answered that they knew not whence it was;
8 and Jesus said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
9 And He began to speak 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 season, he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard; but the husbandmen, beating him, sent him away empty. 11 "And he seat still another servant: and him also, having beaten and dishonored, they sent away empty. 12 "And he sent still a third; and they, having wounded this one, cast him out.
13 "And the lord of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my son, the beloved; perhaps they will reverence him.'
14 "But, seeing him, the husbandmen were reasoning one with another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may become ours.' 15 And, having thrust him forth out of the vineyard, they slew him. What, therefore, will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and give the vineyard to others." And, having heard it, they said, "May it not be!"
17 And He, looking upon them, said, "What, then, is this that has been written? 'A stone which the builders rejected, the same became a head of the corner.'
18 'Every one who falls on that stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust!'
19 And the scribes and the high priests sought to lay hands on Him in that very hour; and they feared the people; for they knew that He spake the parable against them.
20 And, watching Him, they sent forth spies, feigning themselves to be righteous, that they might take hold of His speech, so as to deliver Him up to the rule and the authority of the governor. 21 And they asked Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that Thou sayest and teachest rightly, and regardest no person, but teachest the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
23 But, perceiving their craftiness, He said to them, 24 "Show Me a denary. Whose image and inscription has it?" And, answering; they said, "Caesar's."
25 And He said to them, "Then, render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
26 And they were not able to lay hold of any saying of His before the people; and, marvelling at His answer, they were silent.
27 And some of the Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection, coming near, asked Him, 28 saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us, 'If any one's brother die, having a wife, and he be childless, that his brother should take the wife, and raise up seed to his brother.' 29 There were, therefore, seven brothers; and the first, taking a wife, died childless. 30 And the second, and the third, took her; 31 and, in like manner also, the seven left no children, and died. 32 At last the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of them does the woman become? for the seven had her as wife."
34 And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those accounted worthy to obtain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage; 36 for 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 calls the Lord 'The God of Abraham the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' 38 Now He is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him."
39 And some of the scribes, answering, said, "Teacher, Thou spakest well;" 40 for no longer were they daring to question Him.
41 And He said to them, "How say they that the Christ is David's Son? 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, 43 until I make Thy enemies a footstool of Thy feet.'
44 David, therefore, calls Him Lord; and how is He his Son?"
45 And, while all the people were hearing, He said to the disciples, 46 "Beware of the scribes, who wish to walk about in long robes, and love salutations in the marketplaces, and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at feasts; 47 who devour the houses of widows; and, for a pretense, make long prayers. These shall receive greater condemnation."