Luke 20:27-47 Bible in Basic English

The Question about the Resurrection

27  And some of the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no coming back from the dead; and they said to him, 28  Master, Moses said that if a man's brother comes to his end, having a wife, but no children, his brother is to take the wife, and get a family for his brother. 29  Now there were seven brothers, and the first had a wife and came to his end, having no children; 30  And the second; 31  And the third took her; and in the same way, all the seven, without having any children, came to their end. 32  And last of all, the woman came to her end. 33  When they come back from the dead, whose wife will she be? for all the seven had her. 34  And Jesus said to them, The sons of this world are married and have wives; 35  But those to whom is given the reward of the world to come, and to come back from the dead, have no wives, and are not married; 36  And death has no more power over them, for they are equal to the angels, and are sons of God, being of those who will come back from the dead. 37  But even Moses made it clear that the dead come back to life, saying, in the story of the burning thorn-tree, The Lord, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38  Now he is not the God of the dead but of the living: for all men are living to him.

39  And some of the scribes, in answer to this, said, Master, you have said well. 40  And they had fear of putting any more questions to him.

The Question about David's Son

41  And he said to them, Why do they say that the Christ is the son of David? 42  For David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Take your seat at my right hand, 43  Till I put under your feet all those who are against you. 44  David then gives him the name of Lord, so how is it possible for him to be his son?

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

45  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46  Keep away from the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes, and to have words of respect said to them in the market-places, and to take the chief seats in the Synagogues and the first places at feasts; 47  Who take the property of widows and before the eyes of men make long prayers; they will get a greater punishment.


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