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XX.  And it came to pass, on one of the days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and publishing the good news, that the chief priests and the scribes came to him with the elders,

2and spoke to him, saying: Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? Or who is he that gave thee this authority?

3And he answering said to them: I also will ask you one thing; and tell it me.

4John's immersion, was it from heaven, or from men?

5And they reasoned with themselves, saying: If we say, From heaven, he will say, Why, then did ye not believe him?

6But if we say, From men, all the people will stone us; for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.

7And they answered, that they knew not whence it was.

8And Jesus said to them: Neither do I say to you, by what authority I do these things.

9And he began to speak to the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went abroad for a long time.

10And 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.

11And again he sent another servant; and him also, having beaten and treated him shamefully, they sent away empty.

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

13And the lord of the vineyard said: What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps, seeing him, they will reverence him.

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

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

16He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others. And hearing it, they said: Far be it!

17And he, looking on them, said: What then is this that is written,
The stone which the builders disallowed,
The same is become the head of the corner.

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

19And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that hour; and they feared the people; for they knew that he spoke this parable against them.

20And watching him, they sent forth spies, feigning themselves to be just men, that they might take hold of his words, in order to deliver him up to the magistracy, and to the authority of the governor.

21And they asked him, saying: Teacher, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, and regardest not the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly.

22Is it lawful that we should give tribute to Cæsar, or not?

23And perceiving their craftiness, he said to them:

24Show me a denáry. Whose image and inscription has it? And answering they said: Cæsar's.

25And he said to them: Render therefore to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's, and to God the things that are God's.

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

27And some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, coming to him, asked him,

28saying: Teacher, Moses wrote to us, if a man's brother die, having a wife, and he die childless, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed to his brother.

29There were therefore seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died childless;

30and the second and the third took her;

31and in like manner also the seven left no children, and died.

32At last the woman also died.

33In the resurrection, therefore, of which of them is she wife? For the seven had her for a wife.

34And Jesus answering said to them: The sons of this world marry, and are given in marriage.

35But they who are accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;

36for neither can they die any more; for they are equal to the angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

37Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, at The Bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

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

39And some of the scribes answering said: Teacher, thou saidst well.

40For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

41And he said to them: How say they that the Christ is son of David?

42And David himself says in the book of Psalms:
The LORD said to my Lord,
Sit on my right hand,

43Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

44David therefore calls him Lord, and how is he his son?

45And in the hearing of all the multitude, he said to his disciples:

46Beware of the scribes, who desire to go about in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the first seats in the synagogues, and the first places at feasts;

47who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These shall receive greater condemnation.