1 One day when he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the good news he saw the chief priests, scribes and elders.
2 They said to him: »Tell us by what authority do you do these things? Who gave you this authority?«
3 Jesus responded: »I also will ask you a question. Tell me,
4 »The baptism of John was it from heaven or from men?«
5 They reasoned among themselves, »If we say from heaven; he will say why did you not believe him?
6 »If we say from men all the people will stone us. They are persuaded that John was a prophet.«
7 So they answered: »We do not know.«
8 Jesus said: »Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.«
9 He told the people an illustration: »A man planted a vineyard. He rented it to tenants and went to another country for a long time.
10 »At harvest time he sent a servant to the renters to collect fruit of the vineyard. The renters beat him, and sent him away empty.
11 »He sent another servant who was also treated shamefully, beaten and sent away empty.
12 »A third servant was sent. They wounded him and threw him out.
13 »The owner of the vineyard said, what should I do? I will send my beloved son. Maybe they will respect him.
14 »When the renters saw him they reasoned that this is the heir, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
15 »They threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and destroy the renters and will give the vineyard to others. When they heard it, they said, God forbid!
17 »He looked at them and asked what does the scripture mean: The stone that the builders rejected the same was made the head of the corner?
18 »Every one that falls on that stone shall be broken to pieces. Every one the stone falls on will be scattered as dust.«
19 The scribes and the chief priests attempted to capture him in that very hour. They feared the people. They perceived that he spoke this illustration against them.
20 They watched him and sent out spies, who pretended to be righteous. The spies listened for something in his speech to deliver him up to the authority of the governor.
21 »Teacher,« they said, »we know that you are right in what you say and teach. You are not partial and do not play favorites. Rather you teach the way of God truthfully.«
22 »Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?«
23 He perceived their craftiness, and replied:
24 »Show me a denarius. Whose image and superscription does it have?« They said, »Caesars.«
25 He said to them: »Render to Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are Gods.«
26 They were not able to apprehend him in front of the people. They were amazed by his answer and kept quiet.
27 Some Sadducees came to him. They believe there is no resurrection.
28 They asked him: »Teacher, Moses wrote if a mans brother dies and he is childless, his brother should take the wife, and raise up seed for his brother.
29 »There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died childless.
30 »The same for the second.
31 »The third married her. The remaining of the seven also married her, left no children and died.
32 »Afterward the woman also died.
33 »In the resurrection whose wife shall she be? All seven married her.«
34 Jesus said, »The sons of this age marry, and are given in marriage.
35 »Those accounted worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.
36 »They cannot die anymore for they are equal to the angels. They are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
37 »Even Moses showed that the dead are raised when he was near the bush and he called Jehovah the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Exodus 3:6-14)
38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live for him.«
39 Some of the scribes answered, »Teacher you have said well.«
40 They did not dare to ask any more questions.
41 He asked them a question: »How is it that they say the Christ is Davids son?
42 »For David said in the book of Psalms: Jehovah said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand.
43 »Till I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. (Psalm 110:1)
44 »David therefore called him Lord, and how is he his son?«
45 He spoke to the disciples while all the people listened:
46 »Beware of the scribes for they walk around in long robes. They love greetings in the marketplaces. They sit in the chief seats in the synagogues and the head tables at feasts.
47 »They devour widows houses. They offer long prayers to show off in front of others. They shall receive great condemnation.«