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12 And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man set out a vineyard, and put a fence round it and dug out a receiver for the wine and built a tower, and rented it to farmers and went abroad. 2 And at the proper date he sent a servant to receive from the farmers some of the produce of the vineyard; 3 and they took him and gave him a beating and sent him off empty-handed. 4 And again he sent another servant to them; and they broke that one’s head and insulted him. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. 6 He had one left, a dear son; he sent him to them last, thinking ‘They will have some respect for my son,’ 7 But those farmers said to each other ‘This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours’; 8 and they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? he will come and kill off the farmers, and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not even read this text, ‘The stone that the builders condemned, that stone has come to be the top of the corner: 11 this was from the Lord, and is wonderful in our eyes’?” 12* And they tried to seize him; and they were afraid of the crowd—for they perceived that he had aimed the parable at them—and let him go and went away. 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to fish for him with talk; 14 and they came and said to him “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and care for nobody, for you do not look at men’s faces but teach the way of God in good faith: is paying taxes to Caesar lawful or unlawful? 15 shall we pay or shall we not?” But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them “Why are you trying tricks on me? bring me a denarius so that I can see it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them “Whose is this portrait and this inscription?” and they said to him “Caesar’s.” 17 And Jesus said to them “Pay what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.” And they admired him. 18 And Sadducees, who say there is no such thing as a resurrection, came to him and put the question to him 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if one’s brother dies and leaves a widow behind, and leaves no child, his brother should take his widow and set up a posterity for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and left no issue at his death, 21 and the second took her and died without leaving any issue behind, and the third in the same way, 22 and the seven left no issue. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection, when they rise, which of them will she be the wife of? for the seven had her as wife.” 24 Said Jesus to them, “Is not this why you go wrong, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 for when they rise from the dead they do not marry but are like angels in heaven. 26 But as to the dead, that they are raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the part about the bush, how God told him ‘I am the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of dead men but of living men. You are very far wrong.” 28 And one of the scribes, having heard them discussing, approached, knowing that he had answered them well, and put the question to him “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered “The first is ‘Hear, Israel: our God is the Lord; the Lord is one; 30 and you shall love the Lord your God out of all your heart and out of all your soul and out of all your mind and out of all your strength.’ 31 Second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Another commandment greater than these there is not.” 32 And the scribe said to him “Good, teacher: you say rightly; that he is one and there is no other but he, 33 and to love him out of all one’s heart and out of all one’s intellect and out of all one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self, is more of a thing than all burnt-offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And Jesus, seeing that he answered thoughtfully, said to him “You are not far from the Reign of God.” And no one dared put any further questions to him. 35 And Jesus answered, as he was teaching in the temple-precinct, “How is it that the scribes say the Messiah is to be a son of David? 36 David himself says in the Holy Spirit ‘The Lord said to my lord “Sit at my right hand till I put your enemies under your feet”’; 37 David himself calls him lord, and how comes he to be his son?” And the great crowd listened to him gladly. 38 And in his teaching he said “Look out for the scribes, who are bound to go in robes and to have greetings in the marketplaces 39 and the first seats in synagogues and the first places at dinners: 40 those who eat up widows’ houses and make a pretense of long prayers—these shall receive more of a sentence.” 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and looked at the way in which the crowd dropped coins into the treasury; and many rich men dropped in a great deal. 42 And one poor widow came and dropped in two mites, that is, a farthing. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them “I tell you verily that this poor widow dropped in more than any of those who have been dropping into the treasury; 44 for they all of them dropped in part of what they had to spare, but she out of her destitution dropped in everything she had, her whole living.”
12:12 Or let him alone and