Luke 20:27-47 English Standard Version

The Question about the Resurrection

27  There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28  and they asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man[1] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29  Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30  And the second 31  and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32  Afterward the woman also died. 33  In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife." 34  And Jesus said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35  but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36  for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons[2] of the resurrection. 37  But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38  Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him."

39  Then some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you have spoken well." 40  For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

The Question about David's Son

41  But he said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42  For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 43  until I make your enemies your footstool.' 44  David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?"

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

45  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46  "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47   who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."


[1] 20:28 Greek his brother

[2] 20:36 Greek huioi; see preface

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