Bible: Mark 12
The Parable of the Tenants
12:1 Then 1 he began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. 2 He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 3 he leased it to tenant farmers 4 and went on a journey. 12:2 At harvest time he sent a slave 5 to the tenants to collect from them 6 his portion of the crop. 7 12:3 But 8 those tenants 9 seized his slave, 10 beat him, 11 and sent him away empty-handed. 12 12:4 So 13 he sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. 12:5 He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. 12:6 He had one left, his one dear son. 14 Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 12:7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ 12:8 So 15 they seized him, 16 killed him, and threw his body 17 out of the vineyard. 18 12:9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy 19 those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 20 12:10 Have you not read this scripture:
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 21
12:11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 22
Paying Taxes to Caesar
12:13 Then 26 they sent some of the Pharisees 27 and Herodians 28 to trap him with his own words. 29 12:14 When they came they said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are truthful and do not court anyone’s favor, because you show no partiality 30 but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 31 Is it right 32 to pay taxes 33 to Caesar 34 or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” 12:15 But he saw through their hypocrisy and said 35 to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius 36 and let me look at it.” 12:16 So 37 they brought one, and he said to them, “Whose image 38 is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, 39 “Caesar’s.” 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 40 And they were utterly amazed at him.
Marriage and the Resurrection
12:18 Sadducees 41 (who say there is no resurrection) 42 also came to him and asked him, 43 12:19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us: ‘If a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man 44 must marry 45 the widow and father children 46 for his brother.’ 47 12:20 There were seven brothers. The first one married, 48 and when he died he had no children. 12:21 The second married her and died without any children, and likewise the third. 12:22 None of the seven had children. Finally, the woman died too. 12:23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, 49 whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” 50 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived 51 for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God? 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels 52 in heaven. 12:26 Now as for the dead being raised, 53 have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, 54 how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the 55 God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 56 12:27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. 57 You are badly mistaken!”
The Greatest Commandment
12:28 Now 58 one of the experts in the law 59 came and heard them debating. When he saw that Jesus 60 answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 12:30 Love 61 the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 62 12:31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 63 There is no other commandment greater than these.” 12:32 The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. 64 12:33 And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength 65 and to love your neighbor as yourself 66 is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 12:34 When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.
The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord
‘The Lord said to my lord, 70
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’ 71
12:37 If David himself calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 72 And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
Warnings About Experts in the Law
12:38 In his teaching Jesus 73 also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. 74 They like walking 75 around in long robes and elaborate greetings 76 in the marketplaces, 12:39 and the best seats in the synagogues 77 and the places of honor at banquets. 12:40 They 78 devour widows’ property, 79 and as a show make long prayers. These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
The Widow’s Offering
12:41 Then 80 he 81 sat down opposite the offering box, 82 and watched the crowd putting coins into it. Many rich people were throwing in large amounts. 12:42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, 83 worth less than a penny. 12:43 He called his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, 84 this poor widow has put more into the offering box 85 than all the others. 86 12:44 For they all gave out of their wealth. 87 But she, out of her poverty, put in what she had to live on, everything she had.” 88