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Luke 19-20 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

19 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus, who He was, but could not for the press of the crowd, because he was short in stature.

And he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said unto him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must abide at thy house.”

And he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying that He had gone to be the guest of a man who was a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood and said unto the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore to him fourfold.”

And Jesus said unto him, “This day is salvation come to this house, in that he also is a son of Abraham.

10 For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

11 And as they heard these things, He added and spoke a parable, because He was nigh to Jerusalem and because they thought that the Kingdom of God should immediately appear.

12 He said therefore, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

13 And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, ‘Make use of it till I come.’

14 But his citizens hated him and sent a message after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’

15 And it came to pass that when he had returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.’

17 And he said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good servant; because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.’

18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.’

19 And he said likewise to him, ‘Be thou also over five cities.’

20 And another came, saying, ‘Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid away in a napkin.

21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou layest not down, and reapest what thou did not sow.’

22 And he said unto him, ‘Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down and reaping what I did not sow.

23 Why then gavest not thou my money unto the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with interest?’

24 And he said unto them that stood by, ‘Take from him the pound and give it to him that hath ten pounds.’

25 (And they said unto him, ‘Lord, he hath ten pounds!’)

26 ‘For I say unto you, that unto every one that hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away from him.

27 But those mine enemies, who would not that I should reign over them, bring them hither and slay them before me.’”

28 And when Jesus had thus spoken, He went ahead, ascending up to Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass, when He had come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples,

30 saying, “Go ye into the village opposite you, in which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat. Loose him and bring him hither.

31 And if any man ask you, ‘Why do ye loose him?’ thus shall ye say unto him, ‘Because the Lord hath need of him.’”

32 And those who were sent went their way and found even as He had said unto them.

33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, “Why loose ye the colt?”

34 And they said, “The Lord hath need of him.”

35 And they brought him to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.

36 And as He went, they spread their clothes along the way.

37 And when He had come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,

38 saying, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him, “Master, rebuke thy disciples.”

40 And He answered and said unto them, “I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

41 And when He had come near, He beheld the city and wept over it,

42 saying, “If thou had known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which must be for thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes.

43 For the days shall come upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee around, and keep thee in on every side.

44 And they shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee; and they shalt not leave in thee one stone upon another, because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”

45 And He went into the temple and began to cast out those who sold therein and those who bought,

46 saying unto them, “It is written, ‘My house is the house of prayer,’ but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

47 And He taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy Him;

48 and they could not find what they might do, for all the people were very attentive to hear Him.

20 And it came to pass that on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the Gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon Him with the elders

and spoke unto Him, saying, “Tell us by what authority doest thou these things? Or who is he that gave thee this authority?

And He answered and said unto them, “I will also ask you one thing, and answer Me:

The baptism of John — was it from Heaven, or of men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we shall say ‘From Heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then have ye not believed him?’

But if we say, ‘Of men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”

And they answered that they could not tell from whence it was.

And Jesus said unto them, “Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”

Then He began to speak to the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

10 And 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.

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

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

13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him when they see him.’

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

15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen and shall give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “God forbid!”

17 And He beheld them and said, “What is this then that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner’?

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

19 And the chief priests and the scribes that same hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people; for they perceived that He had spoken this parable against them.

20 And they watched Him and sent forth spies, who should feign themselves to be just men, that they might take hold of His words and so they might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the governor.

21 And they asked Him, saying, “Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly.

22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar or no?”

23 But He perceived their craftiness and said unto them, “Why tempt ye Me?

24 Show Me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”

25 And He said unto them, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things which are God’s.”

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

27 Then came to Him certain of the Sadducees, who deny that there is any resurrection, and they asked Him,

28 saying, “Master, Moses wrote unto us that if any man’s brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife and raise up seed unto his brother.

29 There were therefore seven brethren, and the first took a wife and died without children.

30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless.

31 And the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died.

32 Last of all the woman died also.

33 Therefore, in the resurrection whose wife is she, for seven had her as wife?”

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, “The children of this world marry and are given in marriage.

35 But they that shall be accounted worthy to obtain that World and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage,

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

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’

38 For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto Him.”

39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, “Master, thou hast said well.”

40 And after that they dared not ask Him any question at all.

41 And He said unto them, “How say they that Christ is David’s son?

42 For David himself saith in the book of Psalms: ‘The Lord said unto my Lord, “Sit Thou on My right hand,

43 until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”’

44 If David therefore calleth Him ‘Lord,’ how is He then his son?”

45 Then in the audience of all the people, He said unto His disciples,

46 “Beware of the scribes who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;

47 who devour widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. The same shall receive greater damnation.”


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