Luke 19-20 World English Bible

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Jesus and Zaccheus

19 1  He entered and was passing through Jericho. 2  There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3  He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn’t because of the crowd, because he was short. 4  He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5  When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6  He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully. 7  When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, “He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner.” 8  Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much.” 9  Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. 10  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Pounds

11  As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately. 12  He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13  He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, [1] and told them, ‘Conduct business until I come.’ 14  But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to reign over us.’ 15  “It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business. 16  The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.’ 17  “He said to him, ‘Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18  “The second came, saying, ‘Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.’ 19  “So he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20  Another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief, 21  for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn’t lay down, and reap that which you didn’t sow.’ 22  “He said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn’t lay down, and reaping that which I didn’t sow. 23  Then why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?’ 24  He said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.’ 25  “They said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26  ‘For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away from him. 27  But bring those enemies of mine who didn’t want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.’”

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

28  Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29  It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage [2] and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, 30  saying, “Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it. 31  If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say to him: ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32  Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them. 33  As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34  They said, “The Lord needs it.” 35  They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them. 36  As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way. 37  As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen, 38  saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! [3] Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!” 39  Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40  He answered them, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out.”

41  When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, 42  saying, “If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes. 43  For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side, 44  and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn’t know the time of your visitation.”

The Cleansing of the Temple

45  He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, 46  saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ [4] but you have made it a ‘den of robbers’!” [5] 47  He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him. 48  They couldn’t find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.

Jesus' Authority Questioned

20 1  It happened on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the Good News, that the [6]priests and scribes came to him with the elders. 2  They asked him, “Tell us: by what authority do you do these things? Or who is giving you this authority?” 3  He answered them, “I also will ask you one question. Tell me: 4  the baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?” 5  They reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6  But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” 7  They answered that they didn’t know where it was from. 8  Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen

9  He began to tell the people this parable. “A [7]man planted a vineyard, and rented it out to some farmers, and went into another country for a long time. 10  At the proper season, he sent a servant to the farmers to collect his share of the fruit of the vineyard. But the farmers beat him, and sent him away empty. 11  He sent yet another servant, and they also beat him, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12  He sent yet a third, and they also wounded him, and threw him out. 13  The lord of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. It may be that seeing him, they will respect him.’ 14  “But when the farmers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15  They threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16  He will come and destroy these farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.”

When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!” 17  But he looked at them, and said, “Then what is this that is written,


‘The stone which the builders rejected,
the same was made the chief cornerstone?’ [8]
18  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces,
but it will crush whomever it falls on to dust.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19  The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on him that very hour, but they feared the people—for they knew he had spoken this parable against them.

20  They watched him, and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous, that they might trap him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor. 21  They asked him, “Teacher, we know that you say and teach what is right, and aren’t partial to anyone, but truly teach the way of God. 22  Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 23  But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test me? 24  Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?”

They answered, “Caesar’s.” 25  He said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26  They weren’t able to trap him in his words before the people. They marveled at his answer, and were silent.

The Question about the Resurrection

27  Some of the Sadducees came to him, those who deny that there is a resurrection. 28  They asked him, “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up children for his brother. 29  There were therefore seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless. 30  The second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31  The third took her, and likewise the seven all left no children, and died. 32  Afterward the woman also died. 33  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them will she be? For the seven had her as a wife.” 34  Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry, and are given in marriage. 35  But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. 36  For they can’t die any more, for they are like the angels, and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37  But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord ‘The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ [9] 38  Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all are alive to him.”

39  Some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you speak well.” 40  They didn’t dare to ask him any more questions.

The Question about David's Son

41  He said to them, “Why do they say that the Christ is David’s son? 42  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 the footstool of your feet.”’ [10] 44  “David therefore calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”

Jesus Denounces the Scribes

45  In the hearing of all the people, he said to his disciples, 46  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts; 47  who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these will receive greater condemnation.”

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Footnotes

[1] 19:13 10 minas was more than 3 years’ wages for an agricultural laborer.

[2] 19:29 TR, NU read “Bethpage” instead of “Bethsphage”

[3] 19:38 Psalm 118:26

[4] 19:46 Isaiah 56:7

[5] 19:46 Jeremiah 7:11

[6] 20:1 TR adds “chief”

[7] 20:9 NU (in brackets) and TR add “certain”

[8] 20:17 Psalm 118:22

[9] 20:37 Exodus 3:6

[10] 20:43 Psalm 110:1

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