In a parable of the vineyard let out to unthankful husbandmen, Christ foretelleth the reprobation of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles.
Mark 12:1 And he beganne to speake vnto them by parables: A certayne ma planted a vynyarde, and made a hedge aboute it, and dygged a wynne presse, and buylded a tower, and let it out vnto hussbande men, and wente in to a straunge countre. Mark 12:2 And whan the tyme was come, he sent a seruaut to the hussbande men, that he might receaue of the hussbandmen, of the frute of the vynyarde. Mark 12:3 But they toke him, and bet him, and sent him awaye emptye. Mark 12:4 Agayne, he sent vnto them another seruaunt, whom they stoned, and brake his heade, and sent him awaye shamefully dealt withall. Mark 12:5 Agayne he sent another, whom they slew, and many other: some they bett, and some they put to death. Mark 12:6 Then had he yet one sonne onely, whom he loued, him he sent also vnto them at the last, and sayde: they wyl stonde in awe of my sonne. Mark 12:7 But the same hussbandmen sayde amonge them selues: This is the heyre, Come, let vs kyll him, so shal the inheritaunce be ours. Mark 12:8 And they toke him, and slewe him, and cast him out of the vynyarde. Mark 12:9 What shal now the lorde of the vynyarde do? He shal come and destroye the hussbande men, and geue the vynyarde vnto other. Mark 12:10 Haue ye not red this scripture: The same stone which the buylders refused, is become the headstone in the corner? Mark 12:11 This was the LORDES doynge, and it is maruelous in oure eyes. Mark 12:12 And they wente aboute to take him (but they feared the people) for they perceaued, that he had spoke this parable agaynst the. And they left him, and wente their waye.
He avoideth the snare of the Pharisees and Herodians about paying tribute to Caesar:
Mark 12:13 And they sent vnto him certayne of the Pharises and Herodes officers to take him in his wordes. Mark 12:14 And they came, and sayde vnto hi: Master, we knowe that thou art true and carest for no man. For thou regardest not the outwarde appearaunce of men, but teachest ye waye of God truly. Is it laufull to geue tribute vnto the Emperoure, or not? Mark 12:15 Ought we to geue it, or ought we not to geue it? But he perceaued their ypocrisye, and sayde vnto them: Why tempte ye me? Brynge me a peny, that I maye se it. Mark 12:16 And they brought it him. Then sayde he: Whose ymage and superscripcion is this? They sayde vnto him: The Emperours. Mark 12:17 Then answered Iesus and sayde vnto the: Geue therfore vnto the Emperoure that which is the Emperours, and vnto God that which is Gods. And they marueled at him.
convinceth the error of the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection:
Mark 12:18 Then came vnto him the Saduces (which holde that there is no resurreccion) these axed him, and sayde: Mark 12:19 Master, Moses wrote vnto vs. Yf eny mans brother dye, and leaue a wife, and leaue no children, his brother shal take his wife, and rayse vp sede vnto his brother. Mark 12:20 Now were there seuen brethren: the first toke a wife, and dyed, and left no sede: Mark 12:21 and the seconde toke her, and dyed, and left no sede also: the thirde in like maner. Mark 12:22 And they all seuen toke her, and left no sede. At the last after them all, the wyfe dyed also. Mark 12:23 Now in the resurreccion whan they shal ryse agayne, whose wife shal she be of them? For seuen had her to wife. Mark 12:24 Then answered Iesus, and sayde vnto them: Do not ye erre? because ye knowe not the scryptures ner ye power of God? Mark 12:25 Whan they shal ryse agayne from the deed, they shal nether mary ner be maried, but they are as the angels in heauen. Mark 12:26 As touchinge the deed, that they shal ryse agayne, haue ye not red in the boke of Moses, how God spake vnto him in the bush, and sayde: I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, & the God of Iacob? Mark 12:27 Yet is not God a God of the deed, but of the lyuynge. Therfore ye erre greatly.
resolveth the scribe, who questioned of the first commandment:
Mark 12:28 And there came vnto him one of the scrybes, that had herkened vnto the how they disputed together, and sawe that he had answered them well, and axed him: Which is the chefest comaundement of all? Mark 12:29 Iesus answered him: The chefest commaundemet of all commaundementes is this: Heare O Israel, the LORDE oure God is one God, Mark 12:30 and thou shalt loue the LORDE thy God with all thy hert, with all thy soule, with all thy mynde, and with all thy strength. This is the chefest commaundement, Mark 12:31 and the seconde is like vnto it: Thou shalt loue thy neghboure as thy self. There is none other greater commaundement then these. Mark 12:32 And the scrybe sayde vnto him: Master, Verely thou hast sayde right: for there is but one God, & there is none other without him, Mark 12:33 and to loue him with all the hert, with all the mynde, with all the soule, and with all the strength, and to loue a mans neghboure as himself, is more then brent sacrifices and all offerynges. Mark 12:34 But wha Iesus sawe that he answered discretly, he sayde vnto him: Thou art not farre from the kyngdome of God. And after this durst no man axe him eny mo questions.
refuseth the opinion that the scribes held of Christ:
Mark 12:35 And Iesus answered, and sayde, whan he taught in the temple: How saye the scrybes, yt Christ is the sonne of Dauid? Mark 12:36 But Dauid himself saieth thorow the holy goost: The LORDE sayde vnto my LORDE: Syt thou on my right honde, tyll I make thine enemies yi fotestole. Mark 12:37 There Dauid calleth him his LORDE. How is he the his sonne? And many people herde him gladly.
bidding the people to beware of their ambition and hypocrisy:
Mark 12:38 And he taught the, and sayde vnto the: Bewarre of the scrybes, that loue to go in longe garmentes, and loue to be saluted in the market, Mark 12:39 and syt gladly aboue in the synagoges and at the table: Mark 12:40 they deuoure wyddowes houses, and vnder a coloure they make longe prayers. These shal receaue the more damnacion.
and commendeth the poor widow for her two mites, above all.
Mark 12:41 And Iesus sat ouer agaynst the Gods chest, and behelde how the people put money in to the Godschest. And many that were riche: put in moch. Mark 12:42 And there came a poore wyddowe, and put in two mytes, which make a farthinge. Mark 12:43 And he called vnto him his disciples, and sayde vnto them: Verely I saye vnto you: this poore wyddowe hath put more in ye Godschest, then all they that haue put in: Mark 12:44 For they all haue put i of their superfluyte, but she of hir pouerte hath put in all that she had, euen hir whole lyuynge.