The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Luke
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- Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the
temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes,
together with the elders, confronted Him
- And spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these
things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?"
- But He answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and
- The baptism of John--was it from heaven or from men?"
- And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He
will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'
- But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, for they are
persuaded that John was a prophet."
- So they answered that they did not know where it was from.
- And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do
- Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a
vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long
- Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might
give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and
sent him away empty-handed.
- Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him
shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
- And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
- Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my
beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.'
- But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying,
'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
- So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will
the owner of the vineyard do to them?
- He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to
others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!"
- Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The
stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'?
- "Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it
will grind him to powder."
- And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands
on Him, but they feared the people--for they knew He had spoken this parable
- So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that
they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the
authority of the governor.
- Then they asked Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You say and teach
rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in
- Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
- But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test Me?
- Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" They
answered and said, "Caesar's."
- And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are
Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
- But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people.
And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.
- Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to
Him and asked Him,
- Saying: "Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies, having a
wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise
up offspring for his brother.
- Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without
- And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.
- Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left
no children, and died.
- Last of all the woman died also.
- Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven
had her as wife."
- And Jesus answered and said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are
given in marriage.
- But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection
from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
- Nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of
God, being sons of the resurrection.
- But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are
raised, when he called the Lord 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob.'
- For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him."
- Then some of the scribes answered and said, "Teacher, You have spoken
- But after that they dared not question Him anymore.
- And He said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is the Son of
- Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms: 'The LORD said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
- Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." '
- "Therefore David calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?"
- Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples,
- "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love
greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best
places at feasts,
- Who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These
will receive greater condemnation."
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