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Luke 20 : 9 - 27

Chapter 20

9Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time.
10Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13"Then the owner of the vineyard said, "What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.'
14But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, "This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
15So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!"
17Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'?
18Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
19And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people--for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
20So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
21Then they asked Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth:
22Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
23But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Why do you test Me?
24Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" They answered and said, "Caesar's."
25And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
26But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.
27Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,

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