Isaiah 47-49 New International Version (NIV)
The Fall of Babylon
47 “Go down, sit in the dust,
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord Almighty is his name—
5 “Sit in silence, go into darkness,
8 “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
48 “Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,
“From now on I will tell you of new things,
12 “Listen to me, Jacob,
14 “Come together, all of you, and listen:
16 “Come near me and listen to this:
“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
17 This is what the Lord says—
20 Leave Babylon,
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant of the Lord
49 Listen to me, you islands;
5 And now the Lord says—
7 This is what the Lord says—
Restoration of Israel
8 This is what the Lord says:
“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
“They will feed beside the roads
13 Shout for joy, you heavens;
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I will beckon to the nations,
24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,
25 But this is what the Lord says:
“Yes, captives will be taken from warriors,
Mark 12:1-27 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Tenants
12 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar
13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
And they were amazed at him.
Marriage at the Resurrection
18 Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 19 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children. 21 The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third. 22 In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 At the resurrection[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[d]? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
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