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Mark 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
Wicked Vinedressers
(Matt. 21:33–46; Luke 20:9–19 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:1 - Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:2 - “Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:3 - “And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:4 - “Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones,[fn] wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:5 - “And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:6 - “Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:7 - “But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:8 - “So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:9 - “Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:10 - “Have you not even read this Scripture:

‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:11 - This was the LORD’s doing,
And it is marvelous in our eyes’
? ”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:12 - And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
(Matt. 22:15–22; Luke 20:20–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:13 - Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:14 - When they had come, they said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:15 - “Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?” But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:16 - So they brought it. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:17 - And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at Him.
The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?
(Matt. 22:23–33; Luke 20:27–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:18 - Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:19 - “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:20 - “Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:21 - “And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:22 - “So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:23 - “Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:24 - Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:25 - “For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:26 - “But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘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 the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.”
The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?
(Matt. 22:34–40; Luke 10:25–28 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:28 - Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving[fn] that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:29 - Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:30 - And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[fn] This is the first commandment.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:31 - “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[fn] There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:32 - So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:33 - “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul,[fn] and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:34 - Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” But after that no one dared question Him.
Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?
(Matt. 22:41–46; Luke 20:41–44 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:35 - Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:36 - “For David himself said by the Holy Spirit:

‘The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’

Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:37 - “Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly.
Beware of the Scribes
(Matt. 23:1–7; Luke 20:45–47 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:38 - Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:39 - “the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:40 - “who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
The Widow’s Two Mites
(Luke 21:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:41 - Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:42 - Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites,[fn] which make a quadrans.
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:43 - So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;
Unchecked Copy BoxMar 12:44 - “for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits and at him they threw stones.
Psalm 118:22, 23
Exodus 3:6, 15
NU-Text reads seeing.
Deuteronomy 6:4, 5
NU-Text omits this sentence.
Leviticus 19:18
NU-Text omits with all the soul.
Psalm 110:1
Greek lepta, very small copper coins worth a fraction of a penny

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