The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen
12 1 And He began to speak to them in parables : " A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER , and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey . 2 "At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers , in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers . 3 "They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed . 4 "Again he sent them another slave , and they wounded him in the head , and treated him shamefully . 5 "And he sent another , and that one they killed ; and so with many others , beating some and killing others e . 6 "He had one more to send, a beloved son ; he sent him last of all to them, saying , 'They will respect my son .' 7 "But those vine-growers said to one another , 'This is the heir ; come , let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours !' 8 "They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard . 9 "What will the owner of the vineyard do ? He will come and destroy the vine-growers , and will give the vineyard to others . 10 "Have you not even read this Scripture : ' THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED , THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; 11 THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE Lord , AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES '?" 12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people , for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And so they left Him and went away .
Paying Taxes to Caesar
13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement . 14 They came and said to Him, "Teacher , we know that You are truthful and defer to no one ; for You are not partial e to any , but teach the way of God in truth . Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar , or not? 15 "Shall we pay or shall we not pay ?" But He, knowing their hypocrisy , said to them, "Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at." 16 They brought one. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this ?" And they said to Him, "Caesar's ." 17 And Jesus said to them, " Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's , and to God the things that are God's ." And they were amazed at Him.
The Question about the Resurrection
18 Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection ) came to Jesus, and began questioning Him, saying , 19 "Teacher , Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN'S BROTHER DIES and leaves behind a wife AND LEAVES NO CHILD , HIS BROTHER SHOULD MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP CHILDREN TO HIS BROTHER . 20 "There were seven brothers ; and the first took a wife , and died leaving no children . 21 "The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children ; and the third likewise ; 22 and so all seven left no children . Last of all the woman died also . 23 "In the resurrection , when they rise again , which one's wife will she be? For all seven had married her." 24 Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are mistaken , that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God ? 25 "For when they rise from the dead , they neither marry nor are given in marriage , but are like angels in heaven . 26 "But regarding the fact that the dead rise again , have you not read in the book of Moses , in the passage about the burning bush , how God spoke to him, saying , ' 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 mistaken ."
The Great Commandment
28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing , and recognizing that He had answered them well , asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all ?" 29 Jesus answered , "The foremost is, ' HEAR , O ISRAEL ! THE Lord OUR GOD IS ONE Lord ; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE Lord YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART , AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL , AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND , AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH .' 31 "The second is this , ' YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF .' There is no other commandment greater than these ." 32 The scribe said to Him, "Right , Teacher ; You have truly e stated that HE IS ONE , AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33 AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH , AND TO LOVE ONE'S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF , is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices ." 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently , He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God ." After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions .
The Question about David's Son
35 And Jesus began to say , as He taught in the temple , "How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David ? 36 "David himself said in the Holy Spirit , ' THE Lord SAID TO MY Lord , "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND , UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET ."' 37 "David himself calls Him 'Lord '; so in what sense is He his son ?" And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.
Jesus Denounces the Scribes
38 In His teaching He was saying : "Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes , and like respectful greetings in the market places , 39 and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets , 40 who devour widows' houses , and for appearance's sake offer long prayers ; these will receive greater condemnation ."
The Widow's Offering
41 And He sat down opposite the treasury , and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury ; and many rich people were putting in large sums . 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins , which amount to a cent . 43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury ; 44 for they all put in out of their surplus , but she, out of her poverty , put in all e she owned , all she had to live on."
The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End
13 1 As He was going out of the temple , one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher , behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings !" 2 And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings ? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down ." 3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple , Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately e , 4 "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled ?"
5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. 6 "Many will come in My name , saying , ' I am He!' and will mislead many . 7 "When you hear of wars and rumors of wars , do not be frightened ; those things must take place ; but that is not yet the end . 8 "For nation will rise up against nation , and kingdom against kingdom ; there will be earthquakes in various places ; there will also be famines . These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs . 9 "But be on your guard ; for they will deliver you to the courts , and you will be flogged in the synagogues , and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake , as a testimony to them. 10 " The gospel must first be preached to all the nations . 11 " When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say , but say whatever e is given you in that hour ; for it is not you who speak , but it is the Holy Spirit . 12 "Brother will betray brother to death , and a father his child ; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death . 13 " You will be hated by all because of My name , but the one who endures to the end , he will be saved .
14 "But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand ), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains . 15 " The one who is on the housetop must not go down , or go in to get anything out of his house ; 16 and the one who is in the field must not turn back e to get his coat . 17 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days ! 18 "But pray that it may not happen in the winter . 19 "For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now , and never e will. 20 "Unless the Lord had shortened those days , no e life would have been saved ; but for the sake of the elect , whom He chose , He shortened the days . 21 "And then if anyone says to you, 'Behold , here is the Christ '; or, 'Behold , He is there '; do not believe him; 22 for false Christs and false prophets will arise , and will show signs and wonders , in order to lead astray , if possible , the elect . 23 "But take heed ; behold , I have told you everything in advance .
The Coming of the Son of Man
24 "But in those days , after that tribulation , THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT , 25 AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven , and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken . 26 "Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory . 27 "And then He will send forth the angels , and will gather together His elect from the four winds , from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven .
28 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree : when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves , you know that summer is near . 29 "Even so , you too , when you see these things happening , recognize that He is near , right at the door . 30 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place . 31 "Heaven and earth will pass away , but My words will not pass away . 32 " But of that day or hour no one knows , not even the angels in heaven , nor the Son , but the Father alone. 33 "Take heed , keep on the alert ; for you do not know when the appointed time will come . 34 " It is like a man away on a journey , who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge , assigning to each one his task , also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert . 35 "Therefore , be on the alert -for you do not know when the master of the house is coming , whether in the evening , at midnight , or when the rooster crows , or in the morning - 36 in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep . 37 "What I say to you I say to all , ' Be on the alert !' "