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But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not; but afterwards he repented, and went.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not.
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
For John came unto you in the. way of righteousness, and ye believed him not? but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
The parable of the vineyard let out to hus
handmen. And he began to speak unto them by parables.
Hear another parable : There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might rec«ive the fruits of it.
And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.
Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise, and many others ; beating some, and killing some.
Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him, when they see him.
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
When the Lord, therefore, of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
And they left him, and went their way.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians,
And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth:
Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cesar, or not?
Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
They say unto him, Cesar's.
And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Cesar the things which be Cesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
CHAPTER CIII. The Sadducees are confuted. The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say, that there is no resurrection.
Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.
And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.
And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also : and they left no children, and died.
And last of all the woman died also* . Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do 1 err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
For in the resurrection they neither many, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels: and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.