Trivia:

Jesus stumps the chief priests and elders
20:1-8, Cf. Mt 21:23-27, Mk 11:27-33

1 And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,

One day, as Jesus was teaching in the temple, the chief priests, scribes, and elders said to him,

2 And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

By what authority do you say these things?

3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:

Jesus said,

I'll answer your question, if you'll answer mine.

4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?

Was the baptism of John from heaven or men?

5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?

They said to themselves,

If we say, "From heaven,"

then he'll say, "Why didn't you believe him then?"

6 But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

If we say, "From men",

the people will stone us to death,

because they think John was a prophet.

7 And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.

So they said, "We don't know."

8 And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

Jesus said,

Then I won't tell you by what authority I say things.

A parable about a vineyard
20:9-20, Cf. Mt 21:33-46, Mk 12:1-12

9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

Jesus told them this parable:

A man planted a vineyard, and rented it to tenants,

while he went away to a far country.

10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

The owner sent a servant to the vineyard to collect the harvest, but the tenants beat him and sent him away.

11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

He sent another servant,

and they beat him also, and sent him away.

12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

He sent a third servant,

and they wounded him, and cast him out.

13 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.

Then the owner said to himself,

What will I do now?

I know, I'll send my son. They'll treat him well.

14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves,

Here comes the heir.

Let's kill him, so the inheritance will be ours.

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

So they killed him.

What do you think the owner will do with them?

16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

He'll kill the tenants and give the vineyard to others. [1]

When the people heard it, they said, "God forbid."

17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

Jesus looked at them and said,

This is why it is written, "The stone the builders rejected is the cornerstone."

18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.

20 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.

Whoever the stone falls upon will be smashed

and ground into powder.

Pay your taxes (and keep state and church separate)
20:21-26, Cf. Mt 22:15-22, Mk 12:13-17

21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:

They asked Jesus,

22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?

23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?

Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?

24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

Jesus said,

Show me a penny.

Whose image and name are on it?

They said, "Caesar's".

Jesus said,

Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's,

and give to God the things that are God's. [2]

There are no marriages in heaven
20:27-40, Cf. Mt 22:23-33, Mk 12:18-27

27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,

Some of the Sadducees, who don't believe there's a resurrection, asked Jesus,

28 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.

Moses wrote,

If a man dies without children,

his brother must take his dead brother's wife and produce children for him.

29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.

If there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died without children.

30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.

And the second took the his wife, and he died childless.

31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.

And the third took the same wife and then died childless, etc. until finally the seventh did the same.

32 Last of all the woman died also.

And last of all the woman died.

33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

In the resurrection, which brother would be her husband?

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

Jesus answered, by saying,

In this world, people get married.

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 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.

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

But there are no marriages in the resurrection. [3]

38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.

40 And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

God isn't the god of the dead, but of the living. [4]

Jesus is not the son of David
20:41-44, Cf. Mt 22:41-46, Mk 12:35-37

41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son?

Jesus said to them,

Why do they say Christ is David's son?

42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

David said in the book of Psalms,

The Lord said to my Lord, sit on my right hand.

Until I make your enemies your footstool.

44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

If David called him Lord, then how is he his son? [5]

Beware of scribes (they'll get the worst damnation)
20:45-47, Cf. Mk 12:38-40

45 Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples,

Then Jesus said to all the people,

46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;

Beware of scribes who like to wear long robes,

and like to be greeted in the marketplace,

and get the best seats in synogogues and at feasts.

47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

They eat widows' houses and make a show of long prayers.

They'll get the worst damnation.