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"me." And they reasoned with themselves, saying, if we shall say, from heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, "Neither tell I you by what authority I do "these things."
Matt. xxi. 28-32. Mark xii. 11. And he begun to speak unto them by parables: "What think you? A certain man had two sons, "and he came'tothe first, and said, Son, go work "to-day in my vineyard. He answered, and said, "I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. "And he came to the second, and said likewise. "And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went "not. Whether of them twain did the will of his "father?" They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, that the "publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom "of God before you. For John came unto you "in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him "not: but the publicans and the harlots believed "him. And ye, when ye had seen it, repented "not afterward, that ye might believe him." Matt. xxi. 33-46. Mark xii. 1-12. Luke xx. 9-19.
*' Hear another parable: There was a cer"tain householder which planted a vineyard, and "hedged it round about, and digged a wine-press ** in it, and built a tower, and let it out to hus"bandmen, and went into a far country for a long ** time. And when the time of the fruit drew near, "he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that they "should give him of the fruit of the vineyard. "And they caught him, and beat him, and sent "him away empty. And again he sent unto them %f another servant; and at him they cast stones, "and wounded him in the head, and entreated him "shamefully, and sent him away empty. And "again he sent a third; and him they killed. "Again he sent other servants, more than the "first; and they did unto them likewise.
"And the Lord of the vineyard having yet "therefore one son, his well-beloved, he said, "What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: "it may be they will reverence him when they "see him. He sent him also last unto them. But "when the husbandmen saw the son, they said "among themselves, This is the heir, come, let "us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
And they caught him, and cast him out of the "vineyard, and slew him. When the Lord there"fore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do
unto those husbandmen?" They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith, "He will come and destroy the hus"** bandmen, and will give the vineyard unto "others." And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And he beheld them, and said, "Did «« ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which 1' the builders rejected, the same is become the *' head of the corner. This was the Lord's doing, "and it is marvellous in our eyes. Therefore say "I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken "from you, and given to a nation bringing forth "the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall.on "this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever "it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
And when the chief-priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them; and the same hour, they sought to lay hands on him, but they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
Matt. xxii. 1-14. And Jesus spake unto them again by parables, and said, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a "certain king, which made a marriage for his son, "and sent forth his servants to call them that were "bidden to the wedding: and they would not "come. Again he sent forth other servants, saying, "Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have pre"pared my dinner: my oxen and my fetlings are "killed, and all things are ready: come unto the *' marriage. But they made light of it, and went "their ways, one to his farm, another to his mer"chandise. And the remnant took his servants "and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. "But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: "and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those '' murderers and burnt up their city. Then saith "he to his servants, the wedding is ready, but "they which were bidden were not worthy. Go "ye therefore into the highways, and as many as "ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those ser'' vants went out into the highways, and gathered "together all as many as they found, both bad and "good: and the wedding was furnished with "guests. And when the king came in to see the ;t guests, he saw there a man which had not on "a wedding-garment: And he saith unto him, u Friend, how earnest thou in hither, not having "a wedding garment? And he was speechless. ;' Then said the king to the servants, Bind him '' hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him 'into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and 'gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few 'are chosen."
Matt. xxii. 15-22. Mark xii. 13-17. Luke xx. 20-26.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they watched him, and sent forth spies, some of their disciples with the Herodians, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. And when they were come, they asked him, saying; Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man, for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? shall we give, or shall we not give? But he knowing their craftiness and hypocrisy, said unto them, "Why tempt *' ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute41 money." And they brought him a penny. And he saith unto them. "Whose is this image and "superscription?" And they said unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, "Render there
fore unto Caesar, the things which are Caesar's: *' and unto God, the things that are God's." And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, held their peace, left him, and went their way. Matt. xxii. 22, 23. Mark xii. 18-27. Luke xx. 27-38.
The same day came to him certain of the Sadducees, which say that there .is no resurrection, and asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother shall take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother; Now there were with us seven brethren r the first took a wife, and died without children: , and the second took her and he died childless: and the third likewise. And the seven had her, and left no children. Last of all, the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her to wife. Jesus answered and said unto them, "Do ye not therefore err, be"cause ye know not the scriptures, neither the "power of God? The children of this world marry, "and are given in marriage: But they which shall "be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and "the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, "nor are given in marriage. Neither can they "die any more; for they are like the angels, and "are the children of God, being the children of "the resurrection. And as touching the dead, "that they rise: have ye not read in the book of "Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, "saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God "of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? for God is not "a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live "unto him. Ye therefore do greatly err." And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine. Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. Matt. xxii. 34-46. Mark xii. 28-37. Luke xx. 40-44.
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. And one of them, which was a lawyer, having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Which is the first commandment of all in the law? Jesus answered him, "The first of all the command"ments is, Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is "one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy