1 One day when Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the Law came with the elders of the Jews, 2 and said to him, Tell us, what right have you to act like this? Who gives you authority to do all this?
3 Jesus said to them, I also will ask you a question
The murderous tenants
:B:9 Jesus went on to tell the people this parable, A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants before going abroad for a long time.
10 In due time he sent a servant to the tenants to get some fruit from the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him back empty-handed. 11 Again the man sent another servant
13 The owner then thought: What shall I do? I will send my beloved son
16 On hearing this, some of the ru lers said, May it not be so! 17 Then Jesus looked directly at them and said, What does this text of the Scriptures mean: The stone which the builders rejected has become the keystone. 18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces and anyone the stone falls on will be crushed?
19 The teachers of the Law and the chief priests would have liked to arrest him right there, for they realized that Jesus meant this parable for them, but they were afraid of the crowd. 20 So they left, looking for another opportunity.
Paying taxes to Caesar
20 They sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him in his words and deliver him to the authority and power of the Roman governor. 21 They asked him, Master, we know that you are true in your words and your teaching, and your answers do not vary according to who is listen ing to you, for you truly teach the way of God. Tell us: 22 are we allowed to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
23 But Jesus saw through their cunning and said, 24 Show me a silver coin. Whose head is this and whose title does it bear? They answered, Caesars. 25 And Jesus said to them Return to Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God what is Gods.
26 So they were unable to trap him in what he said in public: they were surprised at his answer and kept silent.
Resurrection of the dead
:B:27 Then some Sadducees ar rived. These peo ple claim that there is no resurrection 28 and they asked Jesus this question, Master, in the Scripture Moses told us: If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and the child to be born will be regarded as the child of the de ceased man. 29 Now, there were seven brothers
34 And Jesus replied, Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, 35 but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. 36 Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection.
37 Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 For he is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive.
39 Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, Master, you have spoken well. 40 They didnt dare to ask him anything else. 41 Then Jesus said to them, How can people say that the Messiah is the son of David? 42 For David says in the book of Psalms: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right43until I put your enemies under your feet. 44 David here calls him Lord
:B:45 Jesus also said to his disciples before all the people, 46 Beware of these teachers of the Law who like to be seen in long robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to take the reserved seats in the synagogues and places of honor at feasts. 47 They even devour the property of widows while making a show of long prayers. They will receive a very severe sentence!