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Mark 12:1
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The Parable of the Tenants(a)

Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard.(b) 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.
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Mark 12:2
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At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
Mark 12:3
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But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
Mark 12:4
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Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully.
Mark 12:5
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He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
Mark 12:6
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"He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all,(c) saying, ‘They will respect my son.'
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Mark 12:7
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"But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
Mark 12:8
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So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
Mark 12:9
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"What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
Mark 12:10
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Haven't you read this passage of Scripture: "‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;(d)
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Mark 12:11
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the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'[a]?"(e)
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Mark 12:12
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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;(f) so they left him and went away.(g)
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Mark 12:13
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Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians(i) to Jesus to catch him(j) in his words.
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Mark 12:14
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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[b] to Caesar or not?
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Mark 12:15
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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."
Mark 12:16
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They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose image is this? And whose inscription?" "Caesar's," they replied.
Mark 12:17
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Then Jesus said to them, "Give back to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."(k) And they were amazed at him.
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Mark 12:18
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Then the Sadducees,(m) who say there is no resurrection,(n) came to him with a question.
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Mark 12:19
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"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.(o)
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Mark 12:20
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Now there were seven brothers. The first one married and died without leaving any children.
Mark 12:21
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The second one married the widow, but he also died, leaving no child. It was the same with the third.
Mark 12:22
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In fact, none of the seven left any children. Last of all, the woman died too.
Mark 12:23
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At the resurrection[c] whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"
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Mark 12:24
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Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures(p) or the power of God?
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Mark 12:25
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When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.(q)
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Mark 12:26
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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'[d]?(r)
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Mark 12:27
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He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!"
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