And he began to speak to them in similes: 'A man planted a
vineyard, and put a hedge around, and digged an under-winevat, and built a
tower, and gave it out to husbandmen, and went abroad;
and he sent unto the husbandmen at the due time a servant,
that from the husbandmen he may receive from the fruit of the vineyard,
and they, having taken him, did severely beat him,
and did send him away empty.
'And again he sent unto them another servant, and at that
one having cast stones, they wounded him in the head, and sent away --
'And again he sent another, and that one they killed; and
many others, some beating, and some killing.
'Having yet therefore one son -- his beloved -- he sent also
him unto them last, saying -- They will reverence my son;
and those husbandmen said among themselves -- This is the
heir, come, we may kill him, and ours shall be the inheritance;
and having taken him, they did kill, and cast him
forth without the vineyard.
'What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do? he will
come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others.
And this Writing did ye not read: A stone that the builders
rejected, it did become the head of a corner:
from the Lord was this, and it is wonderful in our eyes.'
And they were seeking to lay hold on him, and they feared
the multitude, for they knew that against them he spake the simile, and having
left him, they went away;
and they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the
Herodians, that they may ensnare him in discourse,
and they having come, say to him, 'Teacher, we have known
that thou art true, and thou art not caring for any one, for thou dost not look
to the face of men, but in truth the way of God dost teach; is it lawful to
give tribute to Caesar or not? may we give, or may we not give?'
And he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, 'Why me do ye
tempt? bring me a denary, that I may see;'
and they brought, and he saith to them, 'Whose is
this image, and the inscription?' and they said to him, 'Caesar's;'
and Jesus answering said to them, 'Give back the things of
Caesar to Caesar, and the things of God to God;' and they did wonder at him.
And the Sadducees come unto him, who say there is not a
rising again, and they questioned him, saying,
'Teacher, Moses wrote to us, that if any one's brother may
die, and may leave a wife, and may leave no children, that his brother may take
his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.
'There were then seven brothers, and the first took a wife,
and dying, he left no seed;
and the second took her, and died, neither left he seed, and
the third in like manner,
and the seven took her, and left no seed, last of all died
also the woman;
in the rising again, then, whenever they may rise, of which
of them shall she be wife -- for the seven had her as wife?'
And Jesus answering said to them, 'Do ye not because of this
go astray, not knowing the Writings, nor the power of God?
for when they may rise out of the dead, they neither marry
nor are they given in marriage, but are as messengers who are in the heavens.
'And concerning the dead, that they rise: have ye not read
in the Book of Moses (at The Bush), how God spake to him, saying, I am
the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
he is not the God of dead men, but a God of living men; ye
then go greatly astray.'
And one of the scribes having come near, having heard them
disputing, knowing that he answered them well, questioned him, 'Which is the
first command of all?'
and Jesus answered him -- 'The first of all the commands is,
Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one;
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God out of all thy heart,
and out of thy soul, and out of all thine understanding, and out of all thy
strength -- this is the first command;
and the second is like it, this, Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself; -- greater than these there is no other command.'
And the scribe said to him, 'Well, Teacher, in truth thou
hast spoken that there is one God, and there is none other but He;
and to love Him out of all the heart, and out of all the
understanding, and out of all the soul, and out of all the strength, and to
love one's neighbor as one's self, is more than all the whole burnt-offerings
and the sacrifices.'
And Jesus, having seen him that he answered with
understanding, said to him, 'Thou art not far from the reign of God;' and no
one any more durst question him.
And Jesus answering said, teaching in the temple, 'How say
the scribes that the Christ is son of David?
for David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said to
my lord, Sit thou on My right hand, till I place thine enemies -- thy
therefore David himself saith of him Lord, and whence is he
his son?' And the great multitude were hearing him gladly,
and he was saying to them in his teaching, 'Beware of the
scribes, who will in long robes to walk, and love salutations in the
and first seats in the synagogues, and first couches in
who are devouring the widows' houses, and for a pretense are
making long prayers; these shall receive more abundant judgment.'
And Jesus having sat down over-against the treasury, was
beholding how the multitude do put brass into the treasury, and many rich were
putting in much,
and having come, a poor widow did put in two mites, which
are a farthing.
And having called near his disciples, he saith to them,
'Verily I say to you, that this poor widow hath put in more than all those
putting into the treasury;
for all, out of their abundance, put in, but she, out of her
want, all that she had put in -- all her living.'