THE GOSPEL ACCORDING to
Luke 20 ©
1 Christ, being asked by the chief priests and the pharisees by what authority He did these things, answers by another question from where was the Baptism of John. 9 Threatens God’s judgment unto them by the similitude of a vineyard rented out to husbandmen, who mistreated the servants of their lord, and killed his son. 20 Answers the question whether it were lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar. 27 Proves the resurrection of the dead out of the law of Moses against the sadducees propounding seven brethren who had had the selfsame wife successively. 41 Asks how Christ is a Son of David, whereas David calls Him his Lord. 45 Warns the people of the ambition and hypocrisy of the scribes.
AND ita came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and 1preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,
And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, 2by what 3authority doest thou 4these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?
And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you 5one thing; and answer me:
6The baptism of John, was it 7from heaven, or of men?
And they reasoned 8with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?
But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.
And they answered, that they could not tell whence 9it was.
And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you 10by what authority I do these things.
Thenb began he to speak to the people 11this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country 12for a long time.
And at the 13season 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.
And 14again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreatedchim shamefully, and sent him away empty.
And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.
Then said the lord of the vineyard, 15What 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 him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, Thisd is the heir: come,e let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.
So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to 16others. And when they heard it, they said, 17God forbid.
And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written,f18The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Whosoeverg shall fall 19upon that stone shall be broken; buth20on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
¶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.
Andi they watched him, and sent forth 21spies, which should feign themselves 22just men, that they might 23take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou 24the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
Is it lawful for 25us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?
Shew me a 26penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.
And he said unto them, Renderj therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.
And they could not 27take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.
¶Thenk came to him certain of the 28Sadducees, which 29deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,
Saying, Master, Mosesl30wrote 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 31seed 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 32the seven also: and they left no children, and died.
Last of all the woman died also.
Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of 33this world marry, and are given in marriage:
But they which shall be accounted 34worthy to obtain 35that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto them angels; and are the 36children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
Now that the dead are raised, even 37Moses 38shewed at the bush, 39when he calleth then Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for 40all live unto him.
¶Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.
And after that 41they durst not ask him any question at all.
Ando he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son?
And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, Thep LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
David therefore calleth him Lord, 42how is he then his son?
¶Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples,
Bewareq of the scribes, which desire to walk in 43long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at 44feasts;
Whichr devour widows’ 45houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive 46greater 47damnation.