The Parable of the Widow and the Judge
1: Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
2: He said, "In a certain city there was a judge, who neither feared God nor had respect for people.
3: In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, "Grant me justice against my opponent.'
4: For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, "Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone,
5: yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.' "
6: And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7: And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
8: I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican
9: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
10: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11: The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, "God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12: I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.'
13: But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
14: I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."
Jesus Blesses Little Children
15: People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it.
16: But Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
17: Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."
The Rich Young Ruler
18: A certain ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19: Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
20: You know the commandments: "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother.' "
21: He replied, "I have kept all these since my youth."
22: When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
23: But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich.
24: Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
25: Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
26: Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27: He replied, "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God."
28: Then Peter said, "Look, we have left our homes and followed you."
29: And he said to them, "Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30: who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life."
Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time
31: Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.
32: For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon.
33: After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again."
34: But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
A Blind Beggar Healed near Jericho
35: As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36: When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
37: They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."
38: Then he shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
39: Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
40: Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him,
41: "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me see again."
42: Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has saved you."
43: Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.
Jesus and Zaccheus
1: He entered Jericho and was passing through it.
2: A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.
3: He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.
4: So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.
5: When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today."
6: So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.
7: All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner."
8: Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much."
9: Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.
10: For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."
The Parable of the Ten Pounds
11: As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.
12: So he said, "A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return.
13: He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, "Do business with these until I come back.'
14: But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, "We do not want this man to rule over us.'
15: When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading.
16: The first came forward and said, "Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.'
17: He said to him, "Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.'
18: Then the second came, saying, "Lord, your pound has made five pounds.'
19: He said to him, "And you, rule over five cities.'
20: Then the other came, saying, "Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth,
21: for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.'
22: He said to him, "I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?
23: Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.'
24: He said to the bystanders, "Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.'
25: (And they said to him, "Lord, he has ten pounds!')
26: "I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
27: But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them-bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.' "
The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
28: After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29: When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
30: saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31: If anyone asks you, "Why are you untying it?' just say this, "The Lord needs it.' "
32: So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
33: As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?"
34: They said, "The Lord needs it."
35: Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
36: As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
37: As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,
38: saying, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!"
39: Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop."
40: He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out."
41: As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it,
42: saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43: Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side.
44: They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God."
The Cleansing of the Temple
45: Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there;
46: and he said, "It is written, "My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers."
47: Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him;
48: but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
Jesus' Authority Questioned
1: One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and telling the good news, the chief priests and the scribes came with the elders
2: and said to him, "Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?"
3: He answered them, "I will also ask you a question, and you tell me:
4: Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?"
5: 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, "Of human origin,' all the people will stone us; for they are convinced that John was a prophet."
7: So they answered that they did not know where it came from.
8: Then Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."
The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen
9: He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time.
10: When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11: Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed.
12: And he sent still a third; this one also they wounded and threw out.
13: Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.'
14: But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, "This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.'
15: So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16: He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Heaven forbid!"
17: But he looked at them and said, "What then does this text mean: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'?
18: Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
Paying Taxes to Caesar
19: When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.
20: So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor.
21: So they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth.
22: Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"
23: But he perceived their craftiness and said to them,
24: "Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?" They said, "The emperor's."
25: He said to them, "Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."
26: And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent.
The Question about the Resurrection
27: Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him
28: and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.
29: Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless;
30: then the second
31: and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.
32: Finally the woman also died.
33: In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
34: Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage;
35: but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
36: Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
37: And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
38: Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."
39: Then some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, you have spoken well." 40: For they no longer dared to ask him another question.
The Question about David's Son
41: Then he said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is David's son?
42: For David himself says in the book of Psalms, "The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand,
43: until I make your enemies your footstool." '
44: David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?"
Jesus Denounces the Scribes
45: In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples,
46: "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets.
47: They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."