(12:1-9) God is like a rich man who owns a
vineyard and rents it to poor farmers. When he sends servants to collect the rent, the tenants beat or kill them. So
he sent his son to collect the rent, and they kill him too. Then the owner comes and kills the farmers and gives the
vineyard to others.
(12:1) "A certain man planted a vineyard ... and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country."
(12:2) "He sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard."
(12:3) "And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty."
(12:4) "He sent unto them another servant; and ... they ... sent him away shamefully handled."
(12:5) "He sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some."
(12:6) "Having ... one son ... he sent him."
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a
vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and
built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might
receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.
And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they
and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating
some, and killing some.
Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved,
he sent him also last unto
them, saying, They will reverence my son.
But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us
kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.||
|12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.||
(12:8) "And they took him, and killed him."
What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he
will come and destroy
the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.||
(12:9) "The lord of the vineyard ... will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others."
And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected
is become the head of the corner:||
Parable of the Many Murders
This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew
that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went
And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to
catch him in his words.||
Pay your taxes. Keep state and church separate.
(12:14) "Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?"
(12:15) "He ... said ... bring me a penny."
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: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or
Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy,
unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and
superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.||
(12:16) "Whose is this image and superscription? And they said ... Caesar's."
And Jesus answering said unto them,
Render to Caesar the things that are
Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.||
(12:17) "Jesus ... said ... Render to Caesar the things that are
Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and
they asked him, saying,||
(12:18-25) There is no sex or marriage in heaven.|
Do angels have sex?
(12:18-20) "The Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection ... asked him, saying ...
there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed."
(12:21) "The second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise."
(12:22) "And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also."
(12:23) "In the resurrection... wife shall she be?"
(12:24-25) "Jesus ... said ... When they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven."
(12:26) "In the bush God spake unto him."
Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?
Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife
behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife,
and raise up seed unto his brother.
Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left
And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third
And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she
be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye
know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
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 one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and
perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first
commandment of all?||
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O
Israel; The Lord our God
is one Lord:||
(12:29, 32) "The Lord our God is one Lord."|
How many gods are there?
(12:31) "Love thy neighbour as thyself."
How should nonbelievers be treated?
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none
other commandment greater than these.
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there
is one God; and there is none other but he:||
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and
with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as
himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.||
Jesus claims to be the Christ, but not the son of David.
Was Jesus the son of David?
Will the Messiah be a descendant of David?
(12:35) "Jesus ... said ... How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?"
(12:36) "For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand."
When was the Holy Ghost given?
(12:37) "David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?"
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art
not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any
And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that
Christ is the son of David?
For David himself said
by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till
I make thine enemies thy footstool.
himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common
people heard him gladly.
And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes,
to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,||
"Beware of the scribes, which ... make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation."
And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these
shall receive greater damnation.
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and
beheld how the people cast
money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.||
(12:41-44) Jesus believed in progressive taxation.|
What the Bible says about taxes
(12:41) "Jesus ... beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much."
(12:42) " And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites."
(12:43) "He ... saith ... this poor widow hath cast more ... For all they did cast in of their abundance;
but she of her want did cast in all that she had."
|12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which
make a farthing.
And he called unto him his disciples, and
saith unto them, Verily I say
unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have
cast into the treasury:
For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast
in all that she had, even all her living.
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