Mark 12

Then addressing them in parables, he said, A man planted a vineyard, and hedged it about, and dug a place for a wine vat, and built a tower, and having farmed it out, went abroad. The season being come, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, to receive his portion of the fruits of the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty. Again, he sent to them another servant, whom they wounded in the head with stones, and sent back with disgrace. He sent another, whom they killed; and of many more that he sent, some they beat, and some they killed. At last, having an only son, whom he loved, he sent him also to them; for he said, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be our own. Then they laid hold on him, and having thrust him out of the vineyard, they killed him. What, therefore, will the proprietor of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this passage of scripture, "A stone which the builders rejected, is made the head of the corner: 11 this the Lord has performed, and we behold it with admiration?" 12 And they desired to have seized him, but were afraid of the multitude; for they knew that he spoke the parable against them.

13 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders, leaving Jesus, went away, and sent to him certain Pharisees and Herodians, to catch him in his words. 14 These coming up, said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are upright, and stand in awe of none; for you respect not the person of men, but teach the way of God faithfully. Is it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not? 15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? He, perceiving their artifice, answered, Why would you entangle me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it. 16 When they had brought, he asked them, Whose is the image and inscription? They answered, Cesar's. 17 Jesus replied, Render to Cesar that which is Cesar's, and to God that which is God's. And they wondered at him.

18 Then Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no future life, and proposed this questions: 19 Rabbi, Moses has enacted, that if a man's brother die, survived by a wife without children, he shall marry the widow, and raise issue to his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying, left no issue. 21 The second married her, and died; neither did he leave any issue; so did also the third. 22 Thus all seven married her, and left no issue. Last of all, the woman also died. 23 At the resurrection, therefore, when they are risen, to which of the seven will she belong; for she has been the wife of them all? 24 Jesus answering, said to them, Is not this the source of your error, your not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God? 25 For there will be neither marrying, nor giving in marriage, among them who rise from the dead. They will then resemble the angels. 26 But as to the dead, that they are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, how God spoke to him in the bush, saying, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." 27 God is not a God of the dead, but of the living. Therefore you greatly err.

28 A scribe, who had heard them dispute, perceiving the justness of his reply, came to him, and proposed this question: Which is the chief commandment of all? 29 Jesus answered, The chief of all the commandments is, "Hearken, Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is one:" 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." This is the first commandment. 31 The second resembles it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no commandment greater than these. 32 The scribe replied, Truly, Rabbi, you have answered well. There is one, and only one; 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the spirit, and with all the soul, and with all the strength; and to love one's self, is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 Jesus observing how pertinently he had answered, said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. After that, no person ventured to put questions to him.

35 As Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked them, Why do you scribes assert, that the Messiah must be a son of David? 36 Yet David, himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, says, "The Lord, said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your foes your footstool." 37 David himself, therefore, calls him his Lord; how then can he be his son? And the common people heard him with delight. 38 Further, in teaching, he said to them, Beware of the scribes, who affect to walk in robes; who love salutations in public places, 39 and the principal seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost places at entertainments; 40 who devour the families of widows, and use long prayers for a disguise. They shall undergo the severest punishment.

41 And Jesus sitting opposite the treasury, observed the people throwing money into the treasury; and many rich persons put in much. 42 Then the poor widow came, who threw in two mites, (which make a farthing.) 43 Jesus having called his disciples, said to them, Indeed, I say to you, that this poor widow has given more than any of those who have thrown into the treasury; 44 for they all have contributed out of their superfluous stores; whereas she has given all the little she had--her whole living.

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