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Mark 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Parable of the Tenants

(Mat 21:33–46; Luk 20:9–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:1 - Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:2 - At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:3 - But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:4 - Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:5 - He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:6 - “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:7 - “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:8 - So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:9 - “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:10 - Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:11 - the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’[fn]?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:12 - Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

(Mat 22:15–22; Luk 20:20–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:13 - Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:14 - They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[fn] to Caesar or not?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:15 - Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:16 - They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:17 - Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

Marriage at the Resurrection

(Mat 22:23–33; Luk 20:27–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:18 - Then the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:19 - “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:20 - Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:21 - The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:22 - In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:23 - At the resurrection[fn] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:24 - Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:25 - When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:26 - Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[fn]?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:27 - He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The Greatest Commandment

(Mat 22:34–40; Luk 10:25–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:28 - One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:29 - “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:30 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:31 - The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[fn] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:32 - “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:33 - To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:34 - When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

(Mat 22:41–46; Luk 20:41–44 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:35 - While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:36 - David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:37 - David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

(Mat 23:1–7; Luk 20:45–47 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:38 - As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:39 - and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:40 - They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

The Widow’s Offering

(Luk 21:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:41 - Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:42 - But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:43 - Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:44 - They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
NIV Footnotes
Psalm 118:22,23
A special tax levied on subject peoples, not on Roman citizens
Some manuscripts resurrection, when people rise from the dead,
Exodus 3:6
Or The Lord our God is one Lord
Deut. 6:4,5
Lev. 19:18
Psalm 110:1

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