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Luke 20 1 One day as Jesus was teaching and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests and teachers of religious law and other leaders came up to him.
Luke 20 2 They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority?"
Luke 20 3 "Let me ask you a question first," he replied.
Luke 20 4 "Did John's baptism come from heaven, or was it merely human?"
Luke 20 5 They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe him.
Luke 20 6 But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us, because they are convinced he was a prophet."
Luke 20 7 Finally they replied, "We don't know."
Luke 20 8 And Jesus responded, "Then I won't answer your question either."
Luke 20 9 Now Jesus turned to the people again and told them this story: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it out to tenant farmers, and moved to another country to live for several years.
Luke 20 10 At grape-picking time, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers attacked the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.
Luke 20 11 So the owner sent another servant, but the same thing happened; he was beaten up and treated shamefully, and he went away empty-handed.
Luke 20 12 A third man was sent and the same thing happened. He, too, was wounded and chased away.
Luke 20 13 "'What will I do?' the owner asked himself. 'I know! I'll send my cherished son. Surely they will respect him.'
Luke 20 14 "But when the farmers saw his son, they said to each other, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!'
Luke 20 15 So they dragged him out of the vineyard and murdered him. "What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do to those farmers?" Jesus asked.
Luke 20 16 "I'll tell you--he will come and kill them all and lease the vineyard to others.But God forbid that such a thing should ever happen," his listeners protested.
Luke 20 17 Jesus looked at them and said, "Then what do the Scriptures mean? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.'
Luke 20 18 All who stumble over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
Luke 20 19 When the teachers of religious law and the leading priests heard this story, they wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was pointing at them--that they were the farmers in the story. But they were afraid there would be a riot if they arrested him.
Luke 20 20 Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent secret agents pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus.
Luke 20 21 They said, "Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You sincerely teach the ways of God.
Luke 20 22 Now tell us--is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?"
Luke 20 23 He saw through their trickery and said,
Luke 20 24 "Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped on it?Caesar's," they replied.
Luke 20 25 "Well then," he said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God."
Luke 20 26 So they failed to trap him in the presence of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they were silenced.
Luke 20 27 Then some Sadducees stepped forward--a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death.
Luke 20 28 They posed this question: "Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife but no children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir.
Luke 20 29 Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest married and then died without children.
Luke 20 30 His brother married the widow, but he also died. Still no children.
Luke 20 31 And so it went, one after the other, until each of the seven had married her and died, leaving no children.
Luke 20 32 Finally, the woman died, too.
Luke 20 33 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her!"
Luke 20 34 Jesus replied, "Marriage is for people here on earth.
Luke 20 35 But that is not the way it will be in the age to come. For those worthy of being raised from the dead won't be married then.
Luke 20 36 And they will never die again. In these respects they are like angels. They are children of God raised up to new life.
Luke 20 37 But now, as to whether the dead will be raised--even Moses proved this when he wrote about the burning bush. Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, he referred to the Lord as 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
Luke 20 38 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. They are all alive to him."
Luke 20 39 "Well said, Teacher!" remarked some of the teachers of religious law who were standing there.
Luke 20 40 And that ended their questions; no one dared to ask any more.
Luke 20 41 Then Jesus presented them with a question. "Why is it," he asked, "that the Messiah is said to be the son of David?
Luke 20 42 For David himself wrote in the book of Psalms: 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand
Luke 20 43 until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.'
Luke 20 44 Since David called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?"
Luke 20 45 Then, with the crowds listening, he turned to his disciples and said,
Luke 20 46 "Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they love to parade in flowing robes and to have everyone bow to them as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets.
Luke 20 47 But they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property, and then, to cover up the kind of people they really are, they make long prayers in public. Because of this, their punishment will be the greater."
Luke 21 1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people putting their gifts into the collection box.
Luke 21 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two pennies.
Luke 21 3 "I assure you," he said, "this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.
Luke 21 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has."
Luke 21 5 Some of his disciples began talking about the beautiful stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,
Luke 21 6 "The time is coming when all these things will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another."
Luke 21 7 "Teacher," they asked, "when will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time?"
Luke 21 8 He replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah and saying, 'The time has come!' But don't believe them.
Luke 21 9 And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don't panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won't follow immediately."
Luke 21 10 Then he added, "Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other.
Luke 21 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and epidemics in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs in the heavens.
Luke 21 12 "But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will be accused before kings and governors of being my followers.
Luke 21 13 This will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
Luke 21 14 So don't worry about how to answer the charges against you,
Luke 21 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply!
Luke 21 16 Even those closest to you--your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends--will betray you. And some of you will be killed.
Luke 21 17 And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me.
Luke 21 18 But not a hair of your head will perish!
Luke 21 19 By standing firm, you will win your souls.
Luke 21 20 "And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived.
Luke 21 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Let those in Jerusalem escape, and those outside the city should not enter it for shelter.
Luke 21 22 For those will be days of God's vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled.
Luke 21 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people.
Luke 21 24 They will be brutally killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be conquered and trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end.
Luke 21 25 "And there will be strange events in the skies--signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides.
Luke 21 26 The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up.
Luke 21 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory.
Luke 21 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!"
Luke 21 29 Then he gave them this illustration: "Notice the fig tree, or any other tree.
Luke 21 30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near.
Luke 21 31 Just so, when you see the events I've described taking place, you can be sure that the Kingdom of God is near.
Luke 21 32 I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these events have taken place.
Luke 21 33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.
Luke 21 34 "Watch out! Don't let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware,
Luke 21 35 as in a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
Luke 21 36 Keep a constant watch. And pray that, if possible, you may escape these horrors and stand before the Son of Man."
Luke 21 37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.
Luke 21 38 The crowds gathered early each morning to hear him.