Thematic Bible

Luke 20:1 (show verse)

One day, when he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, up came the priests and scribes along with the elders.

Luke 20:2 (show verse)

"Tell us," they said, "what authority you have for acting in this way? Who was it that gave you this authority?"

Luke 20:3 (show verse)

He answered them, "Well, I will ask you a question. Tell me,
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Luke 20:4 (show verse)

did the baptism of John come from heaven or from men?"

Luke 20:5 (show verse)

Now they reasoned to themselves, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will ask, 'Why did you not believe him?'

Luke 20:6 (show verse)

And if we say, 'From men,' the whole of the people will stone us, for they are convinced John was a prophet."

Luke 20:7 (show verse)

So they answered that they did not know where it came from.
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Luke 20:8 (show verse)

Jesus said to them, "No more will I tell you what authority I have for acting as I do."
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Luke 20:9 (show verse)

Then he proceeded to tell the people the following parable. "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went abroad for some time.

Luke 20:10 (show verse)

When the season came round he sent a servant to the vine dressers to receive part of the produce of the vineyard, but the vinedressers flogged him and sent him off with nothing.

Luke 20:11 (show verse)

He proceeded to send another servant, and they flogged him too, insulted him and sent him off with nothing.

Luke 20:12 (show verse)

Then he sent still a third, but this one they wounded and threw outside.

Luke 20:13 (show verse)

Said the owner of the vineyard, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.'

Luke 20:14 (show verse)

But when the vinedressers saw him, they argued to themselves, 'Here is the heir, let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.'

Luke 20:15 (show verse)

And they threw him outside the vineyard and killed him. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

Luke 20:16 (show verse)

He will come and kill these vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." When they heard that, they said, "God forbid!"

Luke 20:17 (show verse)

But he looked at them and said, "Then what does this scripture mean? ??The stone that the builders rejected is the chief stone now of the corner.

Luke 20:18 (show verse)

Everyone who falls on that stone will be shattered, and whoever it falls upon will be crushed."

Luke 20:19 (show verse)

At that hour the scribes and high priests tried to lay hands on him, but they were afraid of the people. They knew he had meant this parable for them.

Luke 20:20 (show verse)

So watching their chance they sent spies who pretended to be honest persons, in order to seize on what he said and get him handed over to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

Luke 20:21 (show verse)

They put this question to him, "Teacher, we know you are straight in what you say and teach, you do not look to human favour but teach the Way of God honestly.

Luke 20:22 (show verse)

Is it right for us to pay tribute to Caesar or not?"

Luke 20:23 (show verse)

But he noted their knavery and said to them,

Luke 20:24 (show verse)

"Show me a shilling. Whose likeness and inscription does it bear?" "Caesar's," they replied.

Luke 20:25 (show verse)

"Well then," he said to them, "give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God."

Luke 20:26 (show verse)

So they could not seize on what he said before the people, and marvelling at his reply they said nothing.

Luke 20:27 (show verse)

Some of the Sadducees came up, who deny any resurrection, and put a question to him.

Luke 20:28 (show verse)

"Teacher," they said, "Moses has written this law for us, that if a man's married brother dies and is childless, his brother is to take the woman and raise offspring for his brother.

Luke 20:29 (show verse)

Well, there were seven brothers. The first married a wife and died childless.

Luke 20:30 (show verse)

The second

Luke 20:31 (show verse)

and the third took her, as indeed all the seven did, dying and leaving no children.

Luke 20:32 (show verse)

Afterwards the woman died too.

Luke 20:33 (show verse)

Now at the resurrection whose wife will she be? She was wife to the seven of them."

Luke 20:34 (show verse)

Jesus said to them, "People in this world marry and are married,

Luke 20:35 (show verse)

but those who are considered worthy to attain yonder world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are married,

Luke 20:36 (show verse)

for they cannot die any more; they are equal to angels and by sharing in the resurrection they are sons of God.

Luke 20:37 (show verse)

And that the dead are raised has been indicated by Moses in the passage on the Bush, when he calls the Lord 'God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob.'

Luke 20:38 (show verse)

God is not a God of dead people but of living, for all live to him."

Luke 20:39 (show verse)

Some of the scribes declared, "Teacher, that was a fine answer!"

Luke 20:40 (show verse)

They no longer dared to put any question to him.

Luke 20:41 (show verse)

But he said to them, "How can people say that the Christ is David's son?
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Luke 20:42 (show verse)

Why, David himself says in the book of psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at my right hand,
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Luke 20:43 (show verse)

till I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'

Luke 20:44 (show verse)

David then calls him Lord. So how can he be his son?"
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Luke 20:45 (show verse)

And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,

Luke 20:46 (show verse)

"Beware of the scribes! They like to walk about in long robes, they are fond of getting saluted in the market-places, of securing the front seats in the synagogues and the best places at banquets;

Luke 20:47 (show verse)

they prey upon the property of widows and offer long unreal prayers. All the heavier will their sentence be!"