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Mark 12:1-27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Parable of the Vineyard Owner

12 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug out a pit for a winepress, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and went away. At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from the farmers. But they took him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent another slave to them, and they[a] hit him on the head and treated him shamefully.[b] Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; they beat some and they killed some.

“He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

“But those tenant farmers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

“Therefore, what will the owner[c] of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the farmers and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this Scripture:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.[d]
11 This came from the Lord
and is wonderful in our eyes?”[e]

12 Because they knew He had said this parable against them, they were looking for a way to arrest Him, but they were afraid of the crowd. So they left Him and went away.

God and Caesar

13 Then they sent some of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Him to trap Him by what He said.[f] 14 When they came, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know You are truthful and defer to no one, for You don’t show partiality[g] but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay, or should we not pay?”

But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, “Why are you testing Me? Bring Me a denarius to look at.” 16 So they brought one. “Whose image and inscription is this?” He asked them.

“Caesar’s,” they said.

17 Then Jesus told them, “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

The Sadducees and the Resurrection

18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and questioned Him: 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaves his wife behind, and leaves no child, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother.[h] 20 There were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and dying, left no offspring. 21 The second also took her, and he died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 So the seven[i] left no offspring. Last of all, the woman died too. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise,[j] whose wife will she be, since the seven had married her?”[k]

24 Jesus told them, “Are you not deceived because you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven. 26 Now concerning the dead being raised—haven’t you read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him: I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob?[l] 27 He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are badly deceived.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 12:4 Other mss add threw stones and
  2. Mark 12:4 Other mss add and sent him off
  3. Mark 12:9 Or lord
  4. Mark 12:10 Lit the head of the corner
  5. Mark 12:11 Ps 118:22-23
  6. Mark 12:13 Lit trap Him in (a) word
  7. Mark 12:14 Lit don’t look on the face of men; that is, on the outward appearance
  8. Mark 12:19 Gn 38:8; Dt 25:5
  9. Mark 12:22 Other mss add had taken her and
  10. Mark 12:23 Other mss omit when they rise
  11. Mark 12:23 Lit the seven had her as a wife
  12. Mark 12:26 Ex 3:6,15-16

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