Mark 12 ©

1 By the parable of a vineyard, let out to husbandmen, who misused and killed their Lord’s servants and son, Christ declares to the Jews their rejection and destruction. 13 Answers the question whether it be lawful to give tribute to Cæsar. 18 As also the question of the Sadducees concerning a woman who had had seven husbands, and proves against them the resurrection from the dead. 28 Declares which is the greatest commandment. 35 Teaches that the Messiah is both the Lord and the Son of David. 38 Warns His hearers of the ambition and hypocrisy of the scribes. 41 Commends the small alms of a poor widow.


AND hea began to speak unto them by 1parables. 2A certain man plantedb a vineyard, and set an 3hedge about it, and digged a place for the 4winefat, and built a tower, and 5let it out to 6husbandmen, and went into a far country.


And at the 7season 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 cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away 8shamefully 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 9last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.


But those husbandmen said among themselves, Thisc is the heir; come,d let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.


And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.


What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? 10he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.


And have ye not read this scripture; 11The stonee which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:


12This 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 their way.


¶Andf they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and 13of the Herodians, to 14catch him 15in his words.


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 16person of men, but teachest 17the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, 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 18penny, 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.


And Jesus answering said unto them, Renderg to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.


¶Thenh come unto him the 19Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,


Master,i20Moses 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 21seed unto his brother.


Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.


And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.


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 asj 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 22the bush God spake unto him, saying, Ikam the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?


He is not the 23God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do 24greatly err.


¶Andl one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning 25together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the 26first commandment of all?


And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear,m O Israel; 27The Lord our God is one Lord:


And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 28mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.


And the second is like, namely this, Thoun shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than 29these.


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 30burnt offerings and sacrifices.


And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art 31not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.


¶Ando Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?


For Davidp himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, 32Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.


David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and 33whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.


¶Andq he said unto them in his doctrine, 34Beware of the scribes, which love to go in 35long clothing, 36and love salutations in the marketplaces,


And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at 37feasts:


Whichr devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive 38greater 39damnation.


¶Ands Jesus sat over against thet40treasury, and beheld how the people cast 41money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.


And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites,u which make a 42farthing.v


And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That thisw 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 43want did cast in all that she had, even all her 44living.