Mark 12:1-27 World English Bible

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

12 1  He began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a pit for the winepress, built a tower, rented it out to a farmer, and went into another country. 2  When it was time, he sent a servant to the farmer to get from the farmer his share of the fruit of the vineyard. 3  They took him, beat him, and sent him away empty. 4  Again, he sent another servant to them; and they threw stones at him, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. 5  Again he sent another; and they killed him; and many others, beating some, and killing some. 6  Therefore still having one, his beloved son, he sent him last to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7  But those farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8  They took him, killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. 9  What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and will give the vineyard to others. 10  Haven’t you even read this Scripture:


‘The stone which the builders rejected,
the same was made the head of the corner.
11  This was from the Lord,
it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
[1] 12  They tried to seize him, but they feared the multitude; for they perceived that he spoke the parable against them. They left him, and went away.

Paying Taxes to Caesar

13  They sent some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians to him, that they might trap him with words. 14  When they had come, they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you are honest, and don’t defer to anyone; for you aren’t partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? 15  Shall we give, or shall we not give?”

But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it.” 16  They brought it.

He said to them, “Whose is this image and inscription?”

They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17  Jesus answered them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

They marveled greatly at him.

The Question about the Resurrection

18  There came to him Sadducees, who say that there is no resurrection. They asked him, saying, 19  “Teacher, Moses wrote to us, ‘If a man’s brother dies, and leaves a wife behind him, and leaves no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 20  There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying left no offspring. 21  The second took her, and died, leaving no children behind him. The third likewise; 22  and the seven took her and left no children. Last of all the woman also died. 23  In the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be of them? For the seven had her as a wife.” 24  Jesus answered them, “Isn’t this because you are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God? 25  For when they will rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26  But about the dead, that they are raised; haven’t you read in the book of Moses, about the Bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ [2]? 27  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are therefore badly mistaken.”


Footnotes

[1] 12:11 Psalm 118:22-23

[2] 12:26 Exodus 3:6

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