18 Then 1 Jesus 2 told them a parable to show them they should always 3 pray and not lose heart. 4 2 He said, 5 “In a certain city 6 there was a judge 7 who neither feared God nor respected people. 8 3 There was also a widow 9 in that city 10 who kept coming 11 to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For 12 a while he refused, but later on 13 he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 14 5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out 15 by her unending pleas.’” 16 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 17 7 Won’t 18 God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out 19 to him day and night? 20 Will he delay 21 long to help them? 8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. 22 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith 23 on earth?”
9 Jesus 24 also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down 25 on everyone else. 10 “Two men went up 26 to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 27 and the other a tax collector. 28 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: 29 ‘God, I thank 30 you that I am not like other people: 31 extortionists, 32 unrighteous people, 33 adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 34 12 I fast twice 35 a week; I give a tenth 36 of everything I get.’ 13 The tax collector, however, stood 37 far off and would not even look up 38 to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful 39 to me, sinner that I am!’ 40 14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified 41 rather than the Pharisee. 42 For everyone who exalts 43 himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
15 Now people 44 were even bringing their babies 45 to him for him to touch. 46 But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them. 47 16 But Jesus called for the children, 48 saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God 49 belongs to such as these. 50 17 I tell you the truth, 51 whoever does not receive 52 the kingdom of God like a child 53 will never 54 enter it.”
18 Now 55 a certain ruler 56 asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 57 19 Jesus 58 said to him, “Why do you call me good? 59 No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’” 60 21 The man 61 replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed 62 all these laws 63 since my youth.” 64 22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have 65 and give the money 66 to the poor, 67 and you will have treasure 68 in heaven. Then 69 come, follow me.” 23 But when the man 70 heard this he became very sad, 71 for he was extremely wealthy. 24 When Jesus noticed this, 72 he said, “How hard 73 it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 74 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 75 than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard this said, “Then 76 who can be saved?” 77 27 He replied, “What is impossible 78 for mere humans 79 is possible for God.” 28 And Peter said, “Look, we have left everything we own 80 to follow you!” 81 29 Then 82 Jesus 83 said to them, “I tell you the truth, 84 there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers 85 or parents or children for the sake of God’s kingdom 30 who will not receive many times more 86 in this age 87 – and in the age to come, eternal life.” 88
31 Then 89 Jesus 90 took the twelve aside and said to them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem, 91 and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 92 32 For he will be handed over 93 to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, 94 mistreated, 95 and spat on. 96 33 They will flog him severely 97 and kill him. Yet 98 on the third day he will rise again.” 34 But 99 the twelve 100 understood none of these things. This 101 saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp 102 what Jesus meant. 103
35 As 104 Jesus 105 approached 106 Jericho, 107 a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 37 They 108 told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 38 So 109 he called out, 110 “Jesus, Son of David, 111 have mercy 112 on me!” 39 And those who were in front 113 scolded 114 him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 115 even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So 116 Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 117 to be brought to him. When the man 118 came near, Jesus 119 asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 120 “Lord, let me see again.” 121 42 Jesus 122 said to him, “Receive 123 your sight; your faith has healed you.” 124 43 And immediately he regained 125 his sight and followed Jesus, 126 praising 127 God. When 128 all the people saw it, they too 129 gave praise to God.
19 Jesus 1 entered Jericho 2 and was passing through it. 2 Now 3 a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector 4 and was rich. 3 He 5 was trying to get a look at Jesus, 6 but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 7 4 So 8 he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree 9 to see him, because Jesus 10 was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up 11 and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, 12 because I must 13 stay at your house today.” 14 6 So he came down quickly 15 and welcomed Jesus 16 joyfully. 17 7 And when the people 18 saw it, they all complained, 19 “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 20 8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give 21 to the poor, and if 22 I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 9 Then 23 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation 24 has come to this household, 25 because he too is a son of Abraham! 26 10 For the Son of Man came 27 to seek and to save the lost.”
11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus 28 proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, 29 and because they thought 30 that the kingdom of God 31 was going to 32 appear immediately. 12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman 33 went to a distant country to receive 34 for himself a kingdom and then return. 35 13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, 36 gave them ten minas, 37 and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 14 But his citizens 38 hated 39 him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man 40 to be king 41 over us!’ 15 When 42 he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned 43 these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted 44 to know how much they had earned 45 by trading. 16 So 46 the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, 47 your mina 48 has made ten minas more.’ 17 And the king 49 said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful 50 in a very small matter, you will have authority 51 over ten cities.’ 18 Then 52 the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 So 53 the king 54 said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another 55 slave 56 came and said, ‘Sir, here is 57 your mina that I put away for safekeeping 58 in a piece of cloth. 59 21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe 60 man. You withdraw 61 what you did not deposit 62 and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 The king 63 said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, 64 you wicked slave! 65 So you knew, did you, that I was a severe 66 man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put 67 my money in the bank, 68 so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to his attendants, 69 ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ 70 25 But 71 they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 72 26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 73 but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 74 27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, 75 bring them here and slaughter 76 them 77 in front of me!’”
28 After Jesus 78 had said this, he continued on ahead, 79 going up to Jerusalem. 80 29 Now 81 when he approached Bethphage 82 and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, 83 he sent two of the disciples, 30 telling them, 84 “Go to the village ahead of you. 85 When 86 you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 87 Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs 88 it.’” 32 So those who were sent ahead found 89 it exactly 90 as he had told them. 33 As 91 they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, 92 “Why are you untying that colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 Then 93 they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks 94 on the colt, 95 and had Jesus get on 96 it. 36 As 97 he rode along, they 98 spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he approached the road leading down from 99 the Mount of Olives, 100 the whole crowd of his 101 disciples began to rejoice 102 and praise 103 God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 104 they had seen: 105 38 “Blessed is the king 106 who comes in the name of the Lord! 107 Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 But 108 some of the Pharisees 109 in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 110 40 He answered, 111 “I tell you, if they 112 keep silent, the very stones 113 will cry out!”
41 Now 114 when Jesus 115 approached 116 and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, 117 even you, the things that make for peace! 118 But now they are hidden 119 from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build 120 an embankment 121 against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will demolish you 122 – you and your children within your walls 123 – and they will not leave within you one stone 124 on top of another, 125 because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 126
45 Then 127 Jesus 128 entered the temple courts 129 and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 130 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ 131 but you have turned it into a den 132 of robbers!” 133
47 Jesus 134 was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law 135 and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate 136 him, 48 but 137 they could not find a way to do it, 138 for all the people hung on his words. 139
20 Now one 1 day, as Jesus 2 was teaching the people in the temple courts 3 and proclaiming 4 the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law 5 with the elders came up 6 2 and said to him, 7 “Tell us: By what authority 8 are you doing these things? 9 Or who it is who gave you this authority?” 3 He answered them, 10 “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 4 John’s baptism 11 – was it from heaven or from people?” 12 5 So 13 they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So 14 they replied that they did not know 15 where it came from. 8 Then 16 Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 17 by whose authority 18 I do these things.”
9 Then 19 he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 20 planted a vineyard, 21 leased it to tenant farmers, 22 and went on a journey for a long time. 10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 23 to the tenants so that they would give 24 him his portion of the crop. 25 However, the tenants beat his slave 26 and sent him away empty-handed. 11 So 27 he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 28 12 So 29 he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 13 Then 30 the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 31 perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 15 So 32 they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 33 him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy 34 those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 35 When the people 36 heard this, they said, “May this never happen!” 37 17 But Jesus 38 looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 39 18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 40 and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 41 19 Then 42 the experts in the law 43 and the chief priests wanted to arrest 44 him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 45 they were afraid of the people.
20 Then 46 they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 47 They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 48 so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 49 of the governor. 21 Thus 50 they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, 51 and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 52 22 Is it right 53 for us to pay the tribute tax 54 to Caesar 55 or not?” 23 But Jesus 56 perceived their deceit 57 and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. 58 Whose image 59 and inscription are on it?” 60 They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 So 61 he said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 62 26 Thus 63 they were unable in the presence of the people to trap 64 him with his own words. 65 And stunned 66 by his answer, they fell silent.
27 Now some Sadducees 67 (who contend that there is no resurrection) 68 came to him. 28 They asked him, 69 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man 70 must marry 71 the widow and father children 72 for his brother. 73 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman 74 and died without children. 30 The second 75 31 and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally the woman died too. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? 76 For all seven had married her.” 77
34 So 78 Jesus said to them, “The people of this age 79 marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are regarded as worthy to share in 80 that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 81 36 In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels 82 and are sons of God, since they are 83 sons 84 of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised 85 in the passage about the bush, 86 where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 87 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, 88 for all live before him.” 89 39 Then 90 some of the experts in the law 91 answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well!” 92 40 For they did not dare any longer to ask 93 him anything.
41 But 94 he said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ 95 is David’s son? 96 42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
‘The Lord said to my 97 lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 98
44 If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 99
45 As 100 all the people were listening, Jesus 101 said to his disciples, 46 “Beware 102 of the experts in the law. 103 They 104 like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 105 in the marketplaces and the best seats 106 in the synagogues 107 and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They 108 devour 109 widows’ property, 110 and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”