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31 And they
27 And they come again to Jerusalem, and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 28 and say unto him, “ By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, “I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men ? answer me.” reasoned with themselves, saying, “If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? 32 But if we shall say, Of men;" they feared the people, for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed. 33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, “We cannot tell.” And Jesus answering saith unto them, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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.
2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the
vineyard. 3 And they caught him, and beat him, A.D. 30.
April 3. and sent him away empty. And again he sent Jerusalem,
4 unto them another servant; and at him they cast Temple. stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.
5 And again he sent another, and him they killed, and many others, beating some, and killing some. 6 Having yet therefore one son, his well-beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, “They will reverence my son.' 7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.' & And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. 9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 10 And have ye not read this scripture; “The stone which the builders Ps. cxviii.
22. rejected is become the head of the corner; 11 this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our
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12 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
§ 40. THE QUESTION BY THE PHARISEES.
13 The Pharisees endeavour to entrap our Lord, but He
with ready wisdom avoids the snare.
13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees Temple. and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. 14 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
of God in truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Cæsar, or not? 15 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.” 16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, “Whose is this image and superscription ? ” And they said unto him, “ Cæsar's." 17 And Jesus answering said unto them, “ Render to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marvelled at him.
§ 41. THE QUESTION BY THE SADDUCEES.
18 Our Lord shews that the Sadducees are greatly in error,
being ignorant of the Scriptures and of the power of God.
18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say
there is no resurrection; and they asked him, sayDeut. xxv. ing, 19 “ Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's 5.
brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and
therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, A.D. 30. neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall April 3.
Jerusalem, rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are Temple. given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26 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
Ex, iii. 6. the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?' 27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living; ye therefore do greatly err.”
§ 42. THE QUESTION BY THE SCRIBE.
28 To love God is the first commandment; to love our fellow-man is the second. There is no discrepancy between the commandments.
28 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 ?” 29 And Jesus answered him, “ The first of all the commandments is, •Hear, 0 Deut. vi. 4. Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord; 30 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 commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, “Thou shalt love thy Lev. xix. neighbour as thyself.' There is none other command- 18. ment greater than these.” 32 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; 33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all
the understanding, and with all the soul, and with April 3. Jerusalem, all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himTemple.
self, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacri
34 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 question.
$ 43.. THE QUESTION BY OUR LORD.
38 Our Lord warns the
35 How is Christ David's son.
people against the Scribes.
Ps. cx. 1.
35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, “How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David ? 36 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.' 37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son ?”
And the common people heard him gladly.
38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, “Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market-places, 39 and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts ; 40 which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater damnation.”