Luke 20

Jesus’ Authority Questioned

1 a  On one of the days while b  He was teaching the people in the temple and c  preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders d  confronted Him, 2and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?” 3Jesus answered and said to them, I will also ask you a
Lit word
question, and you tell Me:
4Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?” 5They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a f  prophet.” 7So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8And Jesus said to them, Nor
Lit do I tell
will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Parable of the Vine-growers

9 h  And He began to tell the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to
Or tenant farmers, also vv 10, 14, 16
vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.
10“At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed. 12And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out. 13“The
Lit lord
owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will k  respect him.’
14But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the
Lit lord
owner of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and m  destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said n  May it never be!” 17But
Lit He
Jesus looked at them and said, What then is this that is written: p  The stone which the builders rejected,
This became q  the chief corner stone’?

18 r  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

Tribute to Caesar

19The scribes and the chief priests s  tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them. 20 t  So they watched Him, and sent spies who
Lit falsely represented themselves
pretended to be righteous, in order v  that they might
Lit take hold of His word
catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of x  the governor.
21They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You
Lit do not receive a face
are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
22“Is it
Or permissible
lawful for us aa  to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
23But He detected their trickery and said to them, 24Show Me a
The denarius was a day’s wages
denarius. Whose
Lit image
likeness and inscription does it have?”
They said, “Caesar’s.”
25And He said to them, Then ad  render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26And they were unable to
Lit catch His statement
af  catch Him in a saying in the presence of the people; and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.

Is There a Resurrection?

27 ag  Now there came to Him some of the ah  Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection), 28and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that ai  if a mans brother dies, having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should
Lit take
marry the wife and raise up children to his brother.
29Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless; 30and the second 31and the third
Lit took
married her; and in the same way
Lit the seven also
all seven
Lit left no children, and died
died, leaving no children.
32Finally the woman died also. 33In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For
Lit the
all seven
Lit had her as wife
had married her.”

34Jesus said to them, The sons of ap  this age marry and are given in marriage, 35but those who are considered worthy to attain to aq  that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are ar  sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in as  the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord at  the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 au  Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for av  all live to Him.” 39Some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” 40For aw  they did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything.

41 ax  Then He said to them, How is it that they say
I.e. the Messiah
the Christ is az  David’s son?
42For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ba  The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at My right hand,
43 bb  Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’

44Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ and how is He his son?”

45 bc  And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, 46Beware of the scribes, bd  who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 47who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
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