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Mark 12 1 Then Jesus began telling them stories: "A man planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.
Mark 12 2 At grape-picking time he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop.
Mark 12 3 But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed.
Mark 12 4 "The owner then sent another servant, but they beat him over the head and treated him shamefully.
Mark 12 5 The next servant he sent was killed. Others who were sent were either beaten or killed,
Mark 12 6 until there was only one left--his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, 'Surely they will respect my son.'
Mark 12 7 "But the farmers said to one another, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!'
Mark 12 8 So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard.
Mark 12 9 "What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?" Jesus asked. "I'll tell you--he will come and kill them all and lease the vineyard to others.
Mark 12 10 Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.
Mark 12 11 This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see.'"
Mark 12 12 The Jewish leaders wanted to arrest him for using this illustration because they realized he was pointing at them--they were the wicked farmers in his story. But they were afraid to touch him because of the crowds. So they left him and went away.
Mark 12 13 The leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to try to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
Mark 12 14 "Teacher," these men said, "we know how honest you are. You are impartial and don't play favorites. You sincerely teach the ways of God. Now tell us--is it right to pay taxes to the Roman government or not?
Mark 12 15 Should we pay them, or should we not?" Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, "Whom are you trying to fool with your trick questions? Show me a Roman coin, and I'll tell you."
Mark 12 16 When they handed it to him, he asked, "Whose picture and title are stamped on it?Caesar's," they replied.
Mark 12 17 "Well, then," Jesus said, "give to Caesar what belongs to him. But everything that belongs to God must be given to God." This reply completely amazed them.
Mark 12 18 Then the Sadducees stepped forward--a group of Jews who say there is no resurrection after death. They posed this question:
Mark 12 19 "Teacher, Moses gave us a law that if a man dies, leaving a wife without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will be the brother's heir.
Mark 12 20 Well, there were seven brothers. The oldest of them married and then died without children.
Mark 12 21 So the second brother married the widow, but soon he too died and left no children. Then the next brother married her and died without children.
Mark 12 22 This continued until all the brothers had married her and died, and still there were no children. Last of all, the woman died, too.
Mark 12 23 So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her."
Mark 12 24 Jesus replied, "Your problem is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.
Mark 12 25 For when the dead rise, they won't be married. They will be like the angels in heaven.
Mark 12 26 But now, as to whether the dead will be raised--haven't you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
Mark 12 27 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error."
Mark 12 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
Mark 12 29 Jesus replied, "The most important commandment is this: 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.
Mark 12 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'
Mark 12 31 The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these."
Mark 12 32 The teacher of religious law replied, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other.
Mark 12 33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbors as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law."
Mark 12 34 Realizing this man's understanding, Jesus said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God." And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Mark 12 35 Later, as Jesus was teaching the people in the Temple, he asked, "Why do the teachers of religious law claim that the Messiah will be the son of David?
Mark 12 36 For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, 'The LORD said to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.'
Mark 12 37 Since David himself called him Lord, how can he be his son at the same time?" And the crowd listened to him with great interest.
Mark 12 38 Here are some of the other things he taught them at this time: "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.
Mark 12 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets.
Mark 12 40 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."
Mark 12 41 Jesus went over to the collection box in the Temple and sat and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts.
Mark 12 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two pennies.
Mark 12 43 He called his disciples to him and said, "I assure you, this poor widow has given more than all the others have given.
Mark 12 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has."
Mark 13 1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, "Teacher, look at these tremendous buildings! Look at the massive stones in the walls!"
Mark 13 2 Jesus replied, "These magnificent buildings will be so completely demolished that not one stone will be left on top of another."
Mark 13 3 Later, Jesus sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him,
Mark 13 4 "When will all this take place? And will there be any sign ahead of time to show us when all this will be fulfilled?"
Mark 13 5 Jesus replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you,
Mark 13 6 because many will come in my name, claiming to be the Messiah. They will lead many astray.
Mark 13 7 And wars will break out near and far, but don't panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won't follow immediately.
Mark 13 8 Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.
Mark 13 9 But when these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the synagogues. You will be accused before governors and kings of being my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
Mark 13 10 And the Good News must first be preached to every nation.
Mark 13 11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don't worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God tells you to. Then it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13 12 "Brother will betray brother to death, fathers will betray their own children, and children will rise against their parents and cause them to be killed.
Mark 13 13 And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved.
Mark 13 14 "The time will come when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where it should not be"--reader, pay attention! "Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
Mark 13 15 A person outside the house must not go back into the house to pack.
Mark 13 16 A person in the field must not return even to get a coat.
Mark 13 17 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for mothers nursing their babies in those days.
Mark 13 18 And pray that your flight will not be in winter.
Mark 13 19 For those will be days of greater horror than at any time since God created the world. And it will never happen again.
Mark 13 20 In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, the entire human race will be destroyed. But for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days.
Mark 13 21 "And then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah,' or, 'There he is,' don't pay any attention.
Mark 13 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform miraculous signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones.
Mark 13 23 Watch out! I have warned you!
Mark 13 24 "At that time, after those horrible days end, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give light,
Mark 13 25 the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.
Mark 13 26 Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with great power and glory.
Mark 13 27 And he will send forth his angels to gather together his chosen ones from all over the world--from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
Mark 13 28 "Now, learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near.
Mark 13 29 Just so, when you see the events I've described beginning to happen, you can be sure that his return is very near, right at the door.
Mark 13 30 I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these events have taken place.
Mark 13 31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.
Mark 13 32 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
Mark 13 33 And since you don't know when they will happen, stay alert and keep watch.
Mark 13 34 "The coming of the Son of Man can be compared with that of a man who left home to go on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.
Mark 13 35 So keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when the homeowner will return--at evening, midnight, early dawn, or late daybreak.
Mark 13 36 Don't let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning.
Mark 13 37 What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return!"