Luke 20
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The Authority of Jesus Challenged

1And it happened that on one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up to Him, 2and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?” 3And Jesus answered and said to them, “I will also ask you a [†]question, and you tell Me: 4Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?” 5And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8And Jesus said to them, “Neither [†]will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Parable of the Vine-Growers

9And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to [†]vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time. 10And at the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vine-growers sent him away empty-handed having beaten him. 11And he proceeded to send another slave; and when they beat him also and treated him shamefully, they sent him away empty-handed. 12And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out. 13Now the [†]owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14But when the vine-growers saw him, they were reasoning with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the [†]owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “May it never be!” 17But when [†]Jesus looked at them, He said, “What then is this that is written:



18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”

Taxes to Caesar

19And the scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, but they feared the people. For they understood that He spoke this parable against them. 20So they watched Him, and sent spies who [†]pretended to be righteous, so that they might [†]catch Him in some statement, in order to deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor. 21And they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You [†]are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. 22Is it [†]lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 23But He perceived their craftiness and said to them, 24“Show Me a [†]denarius. Whose [†]likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26And they were unable to [†]catch Him in a word in the presence of the people; and marveling at His answer, they became silent.

The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

27Now some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection) came to Him, 28and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that IF A MAN’S BROTHER DIES, having a wife, AND HE IS CHILDLESS, HIS BROTHER SHOULD [†]MARRY THE WIFE AND RAISE UP [†]SEED FOR HIS BROTHER. 29Now there were seven brothers; and the first married a wife and died childless, 30and the second 31and the third [†]married her; and in the same way, [†]all seven [†]died, leaving no children. 32Finally the woman died also. 33Therefore, this woman—in the resurrection—whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as a wife.”

34And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36For they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the [†]Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. 38Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” 39And some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” 40For they did not dare to question Him any longer about anything.

41Then He said to them, “How is it that they say the [†]Christ is David’s son? 42For David himself says in the book of Psalms,




44Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord,’ so how is He his son?”

45And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, 46“Beware of the scribes, who want to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces, and best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 47who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

3 Lit word
8 Lit do I tell
9 Or tenant farmers, so in vv 10, 14, 16
13 Lit lord
15 Lit lord
17 Lit He
20 Lit falsely represented themselves
20 Lit take hold of His word
21 Lit do not receive a face
22 Or permissible
24 A Roman silver coin, approx. a laborer’s daily wage
24 Lit image
26 Lit catch His statement
28 Lit take
28 Or descendant
31 Lit took
31 Lit the seven also
31 Lit left no children, and died
37 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Ex 3:6
41 Messiah
42 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Ps 110:1

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