Jesus Answers the Sadducees

23 (A)On that day some (B)Sadducees (who say (C)there is no resurrection) came to [a]Jesus and questioned Him, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘(D)If a man dies having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up [b]children for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us; and the first married and died, and having no [c]children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 It was the same also with the second brother, and the third, down to the seventh. 27 Last of all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her in marriage.”

29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, (E)since you do not [d]understand the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither (F)marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 (G)I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 When the crowds heard this, (H)they were astonished at His teaching.

34 (I)But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced (J)the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, [e](K)a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him: 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘(L)You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [f]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘(M)You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 (N)Upon these two commandments [g]hang the whole Law and the Prophets.”

41 (O)Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the [h]Christ? Whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “(P)The son of David.” 43 He *said to them, “Then [i]how does David [j](Q)in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,

44 (R)The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at My right hand,
Until I put Your enemies under Your feet”’?

45 Therefore, if David calls Him ‘Lord,’ [k]how is He his son?” 46 (S)No one was able to offer Him a word in answer, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him any more questions.

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  1. Matthew 22:23 Lit Him
  2. Matthew 22:24 Lit seed
  3. Matthew 22:25 Lit seed
  4. Matthew 22:29 Or know
  5. Matthew 22:35 I.e., an expert in the Mosaic Law
  6. Matthew 22:38 Or first
  7. Matthew 22:40 I.e., completely depend
  8. Matthew 22:42 I.e., Messiah
  9. Matthew 22:43 Or in what sense does
  10. Matthew 22:43 I.e., by inspiration
  11. Matthew 22:45 Or in what sense is