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Mark 12
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Parable of the Evil Farmers

12Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: "A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.G2532G756G3004G846G1722G3850G444G5452G290G2532G4060G5418G2532G3736G5276G2532G3618G4444G2532G1554G846G1554G1092G2532G589 2At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop.G2532G2540G649G4314G1092G1401G2443G2983G3844G1092G575G2590G290 3But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.G1161G2983G1194G846G2532G649G2756 4The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head.G2532G3825G649G4314G846G243G1401G2548G3036G2775G2532G649G821 5The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed,G2532G3825G649G243G2548G615G2532G4183G243G3303G1194G1161G615 6until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, `Surely they will respect my son.'G2192G2089G3767G1520G5207G846G27G649G846G2532G2078G4314G846G3004G3754G1788G3450G5207 7"But the tenant farmers said to one another, `Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!'G1161G1565G1092G2036G4314G1438G3754G3778G2076G2818G1205G615G846G2532G2817G2071G2257 8So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.G2532G2983G846G615G2532G1544G1854G290 9"What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?" Jesus asked. "I'll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.G5101G4160G3767G2962G290G4160G2064G2532G622G1092G2532G1325G290G243 10Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? `The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.G314G3761G314G5026G1124G3037G3739G3618G593G3778G1096G1519G2776G1137 11This is the LORD's doing, and it is wonderful to see.'"G3778G1096G2962G1096G3844G2532G2076G2298G1722G2257G3788 12The religious leaders wanted to arrest Jesus because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they were afraid of the crowd, so they left him and went away.G2532G2212G2902G846G2532G5399G3793G1063G1097G3754G2036G3850G4314G846G2532G863G846G565

Taxes for Caesar

13Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.G2532G649G4314G846G5100G5330G2532G2265G2443G64G846G3056 14"Teacher," they said, "we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don't play favorites. You teach the way of God truthfully. Now tell us—is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?G1161G2064G3004G846G1320G1492G3754G1488G227G2532G4671G3756G3199G4012G3762G1063G991G3756G1519G4383G444G235G1321G3598G2316G1909G225G1832G1325G2778G2541G2228G3756 15Should we pay them, or shouldn't we?" Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Why are you trying to trap me? Show me a Roman coin, and I'll tell you."G1325G2228G3361G1325G1161G1492G846G5272G2036G846G5101G3985G3165G5342G3427G1220G2443G1492 16When they handed it to him, he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?" "Caesar's," they replied.G1161G5342G2532G3004G846G5101G3778G1504G2532G1923G1161G2036G846G2541 17"Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." His reply completely amazed them.G2532G2424G611G2036G846G591G2541G3588G2541G2532G2316G3588G2316G2532G2296G1909G846

Discussion about Resurrection

18Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question.G2532G2064G4314G846G4523G3748G3004G1511G3361G386G2532G1905G846G3004 19"Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother's name.G1320G3475G1125G2254G3754G1437G5100G80G599G2532G2641G1135G2532G863G3361G5043G2443G846G80G2983G846G1135G2532G1817G4690G846G80 20Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children.G2258G2033G80G2532G4413G2983G1135G2532G599G863G3756G4690 21So the second brother married the widow, but he also died without children. Then the third brother married her.G2532G1208G2983G846G2532G599G2532G3761G863G846G4690G2532G5154G5615 22This continued with all seven of them, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman also died.G2532G2033G2983G846G2532G863G3756G4690G2078G3956G1135G599G2532 23So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her."G1722G386G3767G3752G450G5101G1135G2071G846G1063G2033G2192G846G1135 24Jesus replied, "Your mistake is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.G2532G2424G611G2036G846G4105G3756G1223G5124G4105G1492G3361G1124G3366G1411G2316 25For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven.G1063G3752G450G1537G3498G3777G1060G3777G1061G235G1526G5613G32G3588G1722G3772 26"But now, as to whether the dead will be raised—haven't you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, `I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'G1161G4012G3498G3754G1453G314G3756G314G1722G976G3475G5613G1909G942G2316G2036G846G3004G1473G2316G11G2532G2316G2464G2532G2316G2384 27So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error."G2076G3756G2316G3498G235G2316G2198G5210G3767G4105G4183G4105

The Most Important Commandment

28One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"G2532G1520G1122G4334G191G846G4802G1492G3754G611G846G2573G1905G846G4169G2076G4413G1785G3956 29Jesus replied, "The most important commandment is this: `Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD.G1161G2424G611G846G3754G4413G3956G1785G191G2474G2962G2257G2316G2076G1520G2962 30And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'G2532G25G2962G4675G2316G1537G3650G4675G2588G2532G1537G3650G4675G5590G2532G1537G3650G4675G1271G2532G1537G3650G4675G2479G3778G4413G1785 31The second is equally important: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these."G2532G1208G3664G3778G846G25G4675G4139G5613G4572G2076G3756G243G1785G3187G5130 32The teacher of religious law replied, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other.G2532G1122G2036G846G2573G1320G2036G1909G225G3754G2076G1520G2316G2532G2076G3756G243G4133G846 33And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law."G2532G25G846G1537G3650G2588G2532G1537G3650G4907G2532G1537G3650G5590G2532G1537G3650G2479G2532G25G4139G5613G1438G2076G4119G3956G3646G2532G2378 34Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.G2532G2424G1492G3754G846G611G3562G2036G846G1488G3756G3112G575G932G2316G2532G3762G3765G5111G1905G846

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

35Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, "Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah is the son of David?G2532G2424G611G3004G1321G1722G2411G4459G3004G1122G3754G5547G2076G5207G1138 36For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, `The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.'G1063G1138G846G2036G1722G40G4151G2962G2036G3450G2962G2521G1537G3450G1188G2193G302G5087G4675G2190G4675G5286G4228 37Since David himself called the Messiah `my Lord,' how can the Messiah be his son?" The large crowd listened to him with great delight.G1138G3767G846G3004G846G2962G2532G4159G2076G846G5207G2532G4183G3793G191G846G2234 38Jesus also taught: "Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.G2532G3004G846G1722G846G1322G991G575G1122G3588G2309G4043G1722G4749G2532G783G1722G58 39And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.G2532G4410G1722G4864G2532G4411G1722G1173 40Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished."G2719G5503G3614G2532G4392G4336G3117G4336G3778G2983G4055G2917

The Widow’s Offering

41Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts.G2532G2424G2523G2713G1049G2334G4459G3793G906G5475G1519G1049G2532G4183G4145G906G4183 42Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.G2532G2064G3391G4434G5503G906G1417G3016G3603G2835 43Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.G2532G4341G846G3101G3004G846G281G3004G5213G3754G3778G4434G5503G906G4119G906G3956G906G1519G1049 44For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on."G1063G3956G906G1537G846G4052G1161G3778G846G1537G846G5304G906G3956G3745G2192G3650G846G979


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