Webster Bible Translation
Jesus' Authority Challenged
1And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him, with the elders, 2And spoke to him, saying, Tell us, By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority? 3And he answered and said to them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me: 4The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men? 5And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? 6But if we say, From men; all the people will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was a prophet. 7And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was. 8And Jesus said to them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
9Then he began to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. 11And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12And again he sent the third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. 13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be when they see him they will reverence him. 14But when the husbandmen 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. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, may that never be.
17And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
18Whoever shall fall upon that stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Paying Taxes to Caesar
19And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. 20And they watched him, and sent forth spies, who should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him to the power and authority of the governor. 21And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: 22Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Cesar, or not? 23But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, Why tempt ye me? 24Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Cesar's. 25And he said to them, Render therefore to Cesar the things which are Cesar's, and to God the things which are God's. 26And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marveled at his answer, and held their peace.
Sadducees Question the Resurrection
27Then came to him certain of the Sadducees (who deny that there is any resurrection) and they asked him, 28Saying, Master, Moses wrote to us, If any man's brother should die, having a wife, and he should die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed to his brother. 29There were therefore seven brothers: and the first took a wife, and died without children. 30And the second took her for a wife, and he died childless. 31And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: And they left no children, and died. 32Last of all the woman died also. 33Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.
34And Jesus answering, said to them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: 35But they who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. 36Neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. 37Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live to him. 39Then certain of the scribes answering, said, Master, thou hast well said. 40And after that, they durst not ask him any question at all.
Whose Son is the Christ?
41And he said to them, How say they that Christ is David's son?
42And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Beware of the Scribes
45Then in the audience of all the people, he said to his disciples, 46Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; 47Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.