20:1 And it came to pass on one of the days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, the priests and the scribes, with the elders, came upon him.
2 and spoke, saying to him: Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things, or who is he that gave thee this authority?
3 But he answered and said to them: I also will ask you a word, and tell me:
4 The baptism of John, of heaven was it, or of men?
5 And they reasoned among themselves, saying: If we say: Of heaven, he will reply: Why did you not believe him?
6 But if we say: Of men, all the people will stone us; for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.
7 And they answered that they knew not whence.
8 And Jesus said to them: Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
9 And he began to speak to the people this parable. A man planted a vineyard and let it out to vinedressers, and went abroad for a long time.
10 And at the season he sent to the vinedressers a servant, that they might give him of the fruit of the vineyard; but the vinedressers scourged him and sent him forth empty.
11 And he also sent another servant; but they scourged that one also, and having dishonored him, sent him forth empty.
12 And he also sent a third; but they wounded this one also and cast him out.
13 And the lord of the vineyard said: What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: perhaps they will reverence him.
14 But seeing him, the vinedressers reasoned one with another, saying: This is the heir: let us kill him, that the inheritance may become ours.
15 And they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the lord of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and destroy these vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. And hearing, they said: May it not be.
17 But he looked on them and said: What then is this that is written? A stone that the builders rejected, this became the head of the corner.
18 Every one that falls on that stone shall be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to dust.
19 And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay their hands on him at the same hour, and were afraid of the people; for they knew that against them he had spoken this parable.
20 And watching closely, they sent spies that feigned themselves to be just, that they might lay hold on a word of his, so that they could deliver him up to the power and authority of the governor.
21 And they asked him, saying: Teacher, we know that thou speakest and teachest rightly, and acceptest not a person, but teachest the way of God in truth:
22 is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar or not?
23 But perceiving their craftiness, he said to them:
24 Show me a denarius. Whose image and superscription has it? They said: Caesar’s.
25 And he said to them: Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
26 And they were not able to lay hold of his speech in the presence of the people; and being astonished at his answer, they were silent.
27 And some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came and asked him a question,
28 saying: Teacher, Moses wrote for us, if any one’s brother die having a wife, and he be without children, that his brother shall take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
29 There were then seven brothers. And the first took a wife and died without children;
30 and the second
31 and the third took her, and in like manner also the seven left no children and died.
32 At last the woman also died.
33 The woman then in the resurrection, of which of them shall she be the wife? For the seven had her as a wife.
34 And Jesus said to them: The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,
35 but they that shall be counted worthy to obtain that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage:
36 nor indeed can they die any more, for they are like the angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses has made known at the Bush, since he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
38 and he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.
39 And some of the scribes answered and said: Teacher, thou hast well said.
40 For no one again ventured to ask him another question.
41 But he said to them: How say they that Christ is David’s son,
42 for David himself says in the book of Psalms: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand
43 till I make thy enemies thy footstool?
44 David then calls him Lord; and how is he his son?
45 But as all the people were hearing, he said to the disciples:
46 Beware of the scribes that delight to walk about in robes, and love salutations in the markets, and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at suppers;
47 who eat up the houses of widows, and for a pretext make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.