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built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country. And when the season of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive his fruits. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them in like man
But afterward he sent unto them his son, saying, “They will reverence my son.' But the husbandmen, when they saw the son, said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and take his inheritance. And they took him, and cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do unto those husbandmen?”
They say unto him, “He will miserably destroy those miserable men, and will let out the vineyard unto other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons.”
Jesus saith unto them, “Did ye never read in the scriptures,
'The stone which the builders rejected,
And it is marvellous in our eyes'?
The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And he that falleth on this stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust."
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. And when they sought to lay hold on him, they feared the multitudes, because they took him for a prophet.
THE MARRIAGE OF THE KING's son. And Jesus answered and spake again in parables unto them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, who made a marriage feast for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them that are bidden, 'Behold, I have made ready my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come to the marriage feast.' But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his merchandise; and the rest laid hold on his servants, and treated them shamefully, and killed them. But the king was wroth; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then saith he to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but they that were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.' And those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good; and the wedding was filled with guests. But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: and he saith unto him, 'Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him out into the outer darkness'; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few chosen.
THREE HOSTILE QUESTIONS ASKED OF JESUS.
TRIBUTE TO CAESAR.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they
might ensnare him in his talk so as to deliver him up to the rule and to the authority of the governor. And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and carest not for any one: for thou regardest not the person of
Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their craftiness, and said, “Why
trial of me, ye hypocrites ? Show me the tribute money."
And they brought unto him a denarius. And he saith unto them, “Whose is this image and superscription?"
They say unto him, “Cæsar's.”
Then he saith unto them, “Render therefore unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's; and unto God the things that are God's.”
And when they heard it, they marvelled, and left him, and went away.
And there came to him certain of the Sadducees, they that say that there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote unto us, that if a man's brother die, having a wife, and he be childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died childless; and the second; and the third took her; and likewise the seven also left no children, and died. Afterward the woman also died. In the resurrection therefore whose wife of them shall she be? for the seven had her to wife.”
And Jesus said unto them, “The son's of this world marry, and are given in marriage: but they that are accounted worthy to attain to that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: for neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the place concerning the Bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”
And when the multitudes heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT.
And one of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, “What commandment is the first of all?”
Jesus answered, “The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.' The second is this, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' There is none other commandment greater than these."
And the scribe said unto him, “Of a truth, Teacher, thou hast well said that he is one: and there is none other but he: and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is much more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.”
THE UNANSWERABLE QUESTION OF JESUS. Now while the Pharisees were gathered together Jesus asked them a question, saying, "What think ye of the Christ? whose son is he?”
They say unto him, “The son of David.”
He saith unto them, “How then doth David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying,
"The Lord said unto my Lord,
Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet?' If David then calleth him Lord, how is he his son?” | And no one was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
And the common people heard him gladly.
DISCOURSE OF JESUS AGAINST THE SCRIBES AND
PHARISEES. Then spake Jesus to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat: all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, these do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not. Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the chief place at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, 'Rabbi. But be not ye called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in