Mark 12:1-27 Bible in Basic English

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

12 1  And he gave them teaching in the form of stories. A man had a vine-garden planted, and put a wall about it, and made a place for crushing out the wine, and put up a tower, and let it out to field-workers, and went into another country. 2  And when the time came, he sent a servant to get from the workmen some of the fruit of the garden. 3  And they took him, and gave him blows, and sent him away with nothing. 4  And again he sent to them another servant; and they gave him wounds on the head, and were very cruel to him. 5  And he sent another; and they put him to death: and a number of others, whipping some, and putting some to death. 6  He still had one, a dearly loved son: he sent him last to them, saying, They will have respect for my son. 7  But those workmen said among themselves, This is he who will one day be the owner of the property; come, let us put him to death, and the heritage will be ours. 8  And they took him and put him to death, pushing his body out of the garden. 9  What then will the master of the garden do? He will come and put the workmen to death, and will give the garden into the hands of others. 10  Have you not seen this which is in the Writings: The stone which the builders put on one side, the same was made the chief stone of the building: 11  This was the Lord's doing, and it is a wonder in our eyes? 12  And they made attempts to take him; but they were in fear of the people, because they saw that the story was against them; and they went away from him.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

13  Then they sent to him certain of the Pharisees and the Herodians, so that they might make use of his words to take him by a trick. 14  And when they had come, they said to him, Master, we are certain that you are true, and have no fear of anyone: you have no respect for a man's position, but you are teaching the true way of God: Is it right to give taxes to Caesar or not? 15  Are we to give or not to give? But he, conscious of their false hearts, said to them, Why do you put me to the test? give me a penny, so that I may see it. 16  And they gave him one. And he said to them, Whose is this image and name on it? And they said to him, Caesar's. 17  And Jesus said to them, Give to Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and to God the things which are God's. And they were full of wonder at him.

The Question about the Resurrection

18  And there came to him Sadducees, who say there is no coming back from the dead; and they put a question to him, saying, 19  Master, in the law Moses says, If a man's brother comes to his end, and has a wife still living and no child, it is right for his brother to take his wife, and get a family for his brother. 20  There were seven brothers: and the first took a wife, and at his death there were no offspring; 21  And the second took her, and at his death there were no offspring; and the third the same: 22  And all the seven had no seed. Last of all the woman herself came to her death. 23  In the future life, when they come back from the dead, whose wife will she be? for the seven had her for a wife. 24  Jesus said to them, Is not this the reason for your error, that you have no knowledge of the holy Writings or of the power of God? 25  When they come back from the dead, they do not get married, but are like the angels in heaven. 26  But as to the dead coming back to life; have you not seen in the book of Moses, about the burning thorn-tree, how God said to him, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: you are greatly in error.

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