Luke 20:1-26 Bible in Basic English

Jesus' Authority Questioned

20 1  And it came about on one of those days, when he was teaching the people in the Temple and preaching the good news, 2  That the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people came to him and said, Make clear to us by what authority you do these things and who gave you this authority. 3  And in answer he said to them, I will put a question to you, and do you give me an answer: 4  The baptism of John, was it from heaven or of men? 5  And they said among themselves, If we say, From heaven; he will say, Why did you not have faith in him? 6  But if we say, Of men; we will be stoned by the people, for they are certain that John was a prophet. 7  And they made answer that they had no idea where it came from. 8  And Jesus said, And I will not make clear to you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

9  And he gave the people this story: A man made a vine-garden and gave the use of it to some field-workers and went into another country for a long time. 10  And at the right time he sent a servant to the workers to get part of the fruit from the vines; but the workmen gave him blows and sent him away with nothing. 11  And he sent another servant, and they gave blows to him in the same way, and put shame on him, and sent him away with nothing. 12  And he sent a third, and they gave him wounds and put him out. 13  And the lord of the garden said, What am I to do? I will send my dearly loved son; they may give respect to him. 14  But when the workmen saw him, they said to one another, This is he who will one day be the owner of the property: let us put him to death and the heritage will be ours. 15  And driving him out of the garden they put him to death. Now what will the lord do to these workmen? 16  He will come and put them to destruction and give the garden to others. And when he said this, they said, May it not be so. 17  But he, looking on them, said, Is it not in the Writings, The stone which the builders put on one side, the same has become the chief stone of the building? 18  Everyone falling on that stone will be broken, but the man on whom the stone comes down will be crushed to dust.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19  And the chief priests and the scribes made attempts to get their hands on him in that very hour; and they were in fear of the people, for they saw that he had made up this story against them.

20  And they kept watch on him, and sent out secret representatives, who were acting the part of good men, in order that they might get something from his words, on account of which they might give him up to the government and into the power of the ruler. 21  And they put a question to him, saying, Master, we are certain that your teaching and your words are right, and that you have no respect for a man's position, but you are teaching the true way of God: 22  Is it right for us to make payment of taxes to Caesar or not? 23  But he saw through their trick and said to them, 24  Let me see a penny. Whose image and name are on it? And they said, Caesar's. 25  And he said, Then give to Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and to God the things which are God's. 26  And they were not able to get anything from these words before the people: but they were full of wonder at his answer, and said nothing.


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