Luke 20-21 Darby’s Translation

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Jesus' Authority Questioned

20 1  And it came to pass on one of the days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and announcing the glad tidings, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up, 2  and spoke to him saying, Tell us by what authority thou doest these things, or who is it who has given thee this authority? 3  And he answering said to them, I also will ask you [one] thing, and tell me: 4  The baptism of John, was it of heaven or of men? 5  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we should say, Of heaven, he will say, Why have ye not believed him? 6  but if we should say, Of men, the whole people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet. 7  And they answered, they did not know whence. 8  And Jesus said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

9  And he began to speak to the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen, and left the country for a long time. 10  And in the season he sent to the husbandmen a bondman, that they might give to him of the fruit of the vineyard; but the husbandmen, having beaten him, sent [him] away empty. 11  And again he sent another bondman; but they, having beaten him also, and cast insult upon him, sent [him] away empty. 12  And again he sent a third; and they, having wounded him also, cast [him] out. 13  And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: perhaps when they see him they will respect [him]. 14  But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir; [come,] let us kill him, that the inheritance may become ours. 15  And having cast him forth out of the vineyard, they killed [him]. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16  He will come and destroy those husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it they said, May it never be! 17  But he looking at them said, What then is this that is written, The stone which they that builded rejected, this has become the corner-stone? 18  Every one falling on this stone shall be broken, but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19  And the chief priests and the scribes sought the same hour to lay hands on him, and they feared the people; for they knew that he had spoken this parable of them.

20  And having watched [him], they sent out suborned persons, pretending to be just men, that they might take hold of him in [his] language, so that they might deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor. 21  And they asked him saying, Teacher, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, and acceptest no [man's] person, but teachest with truth the way of God: 22  Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 23  But perceiving their deceit he said to them, Why do ye tempt me? 24  Shew me a denarius. Whose image and superscription has it? And answering they said, Caesar's. 25  And he said to them, Pay therefore what is Caesar's to Caesar, and what is God's to God. 26  And they were not able to take hold of him in [his] expressions before the people, and, wondering at his answer, they were silent.

The Question about the Resurrection

27  And some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection, coming up [to him], 28  demanded of him saying, Teacher, Moses wrote to us, If any one's brother, who has a wife, die, and he die childless, his brother shall take the wife and raise up seed to his brother. 29  There were then seven brethren: and the first, having taken a wife, died childless; 30  and the second [took the woman, and he died childless]; 31  and the third took her: and in like manner also the seven left no children and died; 32  and last of all the woman also died. 33  In the resurrection therefore of which of them does she become wife, for the seven had her as wife? 34  And Jesus said to them, The sons of this world marry and are given in marriage, 35  but they who are counted worthy to have part in that world, and the resurrection from among [the] dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36  for neither can they die any more, for they are equal to angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37  But that the dead rise, even Moses shewed in [the section of] the bush, when he called [the] Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob; 38  but he is not God of [the] dead but of [the] living; for all live for him.

39  And some of the scribes answering said, Teacher, thou hast well spoken. 40  For they did not dare any more to ask him anything.

The Question about David's Son

41  And he said to them, How do they say that the Christ is David's son, 42  and David himself says in the book of Psalms, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand 43  until I put thine enemies [as] footstool of thy feet? 44  David therefore calls him Lord, and how is he his son?

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

45  And, as all the people were listening, he said to his disciples, 46  Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and who love salutations in the market-places, and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at suppers; 47  who devour the houses of widows, and as a pretext make long prayers. These shall receive a severer judgment.

The Widow's Offering

21 1  And he looked up and saw the rich casting their gifts into the treasury; 2  but he saw also a certain poor widow casting therein two mites. 3  And he said, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow has cast in more than all; 4  for all these out of their abundance have cast into the gifts [of God]; but she out of her need has cast in all the living which she had.

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

5  And as some spoke of the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and consecrated offerings, he said, 6  [As to] these things which ye are beholding, days are coming in which there shall not be left stone upon stone which shall not be thrown down. 7  And they asked him saying, Teacher, when then shall these things be; and what [is] the sign when these things are going to take place? 8  And he said, See that ye be not led astray, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [he], and the time is drawn nigh: go ye not [therefore] after them. 9  And when ye shall hear of wars and tumults, be not terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end is not immediately. 10  Then he said to them, Nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11  there shall be both great earthquakes in different places, and famines and pestilences; and there shall be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12  But before all these things they shall lay their hands upon you and persecute you, delivering [you] up to synagogues and prisons, bringing [you] before kings and governors on account of my name; 13  but it shall turn out to you for a testimony. 14  Settle therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand [your] defence, 15  for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your opposers shall not be able to reply to or resist. 16  But ye will be delivered up even by parents and brethren and relations and friends, and they shall put to death [some] from among you, 17  and ye will be hated of all for my name's sake. 18  And a hair of your head shall in no wise perish. 19  By your patient endurance gain your souls.

20  But when ye see Jerusalem encompassed with armies, then know that its desolation is drawn nigh. 21  Then let those who are in Judaea flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of it depart out, and those who are in the country not enter into it; 22  for these are days of avenging, that all the things that are written may be accomplished. 23  But woe to them that are with child and to them who give suck in those days, for there shall be great distress upon the land and wrath upon this people. 24  And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of [the] nations until [the] times of [the] nations be fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25  And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity [at] the roar of the sea and rolling waves, 26  men ready to die through fear and expectation of what is coming on the habitable earth, for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. 27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28  But when these things begin to come to pass, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws nigh.

29  And he spoke a parable to them: Behold the fig-tree and all the trees; 30  when they already sprout, ye know of your own selves, [on] looking [at them], that already the summer is near. 31  So also ye, when ye see these things take place, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall in no wise pass away until all come to pass. 33  The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words shall in no wise pass away. 34  But take heed to yourselves lest possibly your hearts be laden with surfeiting and drinking and cares of life, and that day come upon you suddenly unawares; 35  for as a snare shall it come upon all them that dwell upon the face of the whole earth. 36  Watch therefore, praying at every season, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things which are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 37  And by day he was teaching in the temple, and by night, going out, he remained abroad on the mountain called [the mount] of Olives; 38  and all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

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