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Mark 12

1 And He began to say to them in parables, A man planted a vineyard, and placed a hedge around it, and dug a wine·​·vat, and built a tower, and let it out to farmers, and went abroad.
2 And at the time he sent to the farmers a servant, that he might receive from the farmers of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 But they, having taken him, beat him, and sent· him ·out empty.
4 And again he sent·​·out to them another servant, and·​·these having stoned him, they wounded him in·​·the·​·head, and sent· him ·out dishonored.
5 And again he sent·​·out another, and·​·him they killed, and many others, indeed beating some, and killing some.
6 Therefore having yet one son, his beloved, he sent him also to them last, saying, They will have·​·respect·​·for` my son.
7 But those farmers said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.
8 And having taken him, they killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What then shall the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers, and will give the vineyard to others.
10 Have you not read this Scripture: The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner;
11 this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?1
12 And they sought to take·​·hold of Him, and they feared the crowd, for they knew that He had said the parable to them; and leaving Him, they went·​·away.
13 And they send to Him some of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch Him in His word.
14 And coming, they say to Him, Teacher, we know that Thou art true, and carest for no·​·one; for Thou lookest not to the face of men, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it permitted to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But He, seeing their hypocrisy, said to them, Why do you tempt Me? Bring Me a denarius, that I may see it.
16 And they brought it. And He says to them, Whose is this image and inscription? And they said to Him, Caesar’s.
17 And Jesus answering said to them, Render the things of Caesar unto Caesar, and the things of God unto God. And they marveled at Him.
18 And the Sadducees come to Him, who say that there is no resurrection; and they asked Him, saying,
19 Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if the brother of anyone die, and leave a wife, and leave no children, his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.
20 Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a woman, and dying left no seed.
21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed; and likewise the third.
22 And the seven took her, and left no seed; last of all the woman died also.
23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall have risen·​·again, whose wife shall she be of·​·them? For the seven had her as a wife.
24 And Jesus answering, said to them, Do you not therefore go·​·astray, not having known the Scriptures, nor the power of God?
25 For when they shall have risen again from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels who are in the heavens.
26 But respecting the dead, that they are already risen, have you not read in the Book of Moses, how in the bramble God said to him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?2
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living; you therefore do err much.
28 And one of the scribes came, having heard them disputing and seeing that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord is our God, the Lord is one;
30 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God out·​·of thy whole heart, and out·​·of thy whole soul, and out·​·of thy whole mind, and out·​·of thy whole strength;3 this is the first commandment;
31 and the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.4 There is no other commandment greater than these.
32 And the scribe said to Him, Well spoken, Teacher. Thou hast said the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He;
33 and to love Him out·​·of the whole heart, and out·​·of the whole understanding, and out·​·of the whole soul, and out·​·of the whole strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is more than all whole·​·burnt·​·offerings and sacrifice.
34 And Jesus seeing him, that he answered discreetly, said to him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no one dared question Him any longer.
35 And answering, Jesus said, teaching in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?
36 For David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to my Lord5, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I put Thine enemies as a footstool of Thy feet.6
37 David therefore himself calls Him Lord; and whence is He his Son? And the numerous crowd heard Him with pleasure.
38 And He said to them in His teaching, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk about in robes, and desire greetings in the marketplaces,
39 and the first seats in synagogues, and the first places to recline at suppers;
40 who eat·​·up widows’ houses, and for a pretense make· long ·prayers; these shall receive all·​·the·​·more judgment.
41 And Jesus sat opposite the treasury, and beheld how the crowd cast bronze into the treasury; and many who were rich cast in much.
42 And there came one poor widow, and cast in two mites, which make a farthing7.
43 And having called·​·for His disciples, He says to them, Amen I say to·​·you that this poor widow has cast more in than all they who have cast into the treasury;
44 for they all did cast in of their excess; but she from what she lacks did cast in all that she had, even her whole living.

1Psalms 118:22-23

2Exodus 3:6

3Deuteronomy 6:4-5

4Leviticus 19:18

5In Psalm 110, “Jehovah said unto my Lord”

6Psalms 110:1

7The Greek and Latin both mean “a fourth,” and a farthing is a fourth of a penny.