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 began to speake vnto them in parables, A certaine man planted a vineyard, and copassed it with an hedge, & digged a pit for the winepresse, and built a tower in it, & let it out to husbandmen, & went into a strange countrey. Mark 12:2 And at the time, he sent to the husbandmen a seruant, that he might receiue of the husbandmen of the fruite of the vineyard. Mark 12:3 But they tooke him, and beat him, & sent him away emptie. Mark 12:4 And againe he sent vnto them another seruant, and at him they cast stones, and brake his head, and sent him away shamefully handled. Mark 12:5 And againe he sent another, and him they slew, & many other, beating some, & killing some. Mark 12:6 Yet had he one sonne, his deare beloued: him also he sent the last vnto them, saying, They will reuerence my sonne. Mark 12:7 But ye husbandmen said among themselues, This is the heire: come, let vs kill him, and the inheritance shalbe ours. Mark 12:8 So they tooke him, & killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. Mark 12:9 What shall then the Lord of the vineyard doe? He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and giue the vineyard to others. Mark 12:10 Haue ye not read so much as this Scripture? The stone which the builders did refuse, is made the head of the corner. Mark 12:11 This was done of the Lord, and it is marueilous in our eyes. Mark 12:12 Then they went about to take him, but they feared the people: for they perceiued that he spake that parable against them: therefore they left him, and went their way.
He avoideth the snare of the Pharisees and Herodians about paying tribute to Caesar:
Mark 12:13 And they sent vnto him certaine of the Pharises, and of ye Herodians that they might take him in his talke. Mark 12:14 And when they came, they saide vnto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou considerest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God truly, Is it lawfull to giue tribute to Cesar, or not? Mark 12:15 Should we giue it, or should we not giue it? But he knew their hypocrisie, and said vnto them, Why tempt ye me? Bring me a peny, that I may see it. Mark 12:16 So they brought it, and he said vnto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said vnto him, Cesars. Mark 12:17 Then Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, Giue to Cesar the things that are Cesars, and to God, those that are Gods: & they marueiled at him.
convinceth the error of the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection:
Mark 12:18 Then came the Sadduces vnto him, (which say, there is no resurrection) & they asked him, saying, Mark 12:19 Master, Moses wrote vnto vs, If any mans brother die, and leaue his wife, and leaue no children, that his brother should take his wife, and rayse vp seede vnto his brother. Mark 12:20 There were seuen brethren, and the first tooke a wife, and when he died, left no issue. Mark 12:21 Then the seconde tooke her, and he died, neither did he yet leaue issue, & the third likewise: Mark 12:22 So those seuen had her, and left no yssue: last of all the wife died also. Mark 12:23 In the resurrection then, when they shall rise againe, whose wife shall she be of them? For seuen had her to wife. Mark 12:24 Then Iesus answered, and saide vnto them, Are ye not therefore deceiued, because ye knowe not the Scriptures, neither the power of God? Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise againe from the dead, neither men marry, nor wiues are married, but are as the Angels which are in heauen. Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they shall rise againe, haue ye not read in the booke of Moses, howe in the bush God spake vnto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob? Mark 12:27 God is not ye God of the dead, but the God of the liuing. Ye are therefore greatly deceiued.
resolveth the scribe, who questioned of the first commandment:
Mark 12:28 Then came one of the Scribes that had heard them disputing together, and perceiuing that he had answered them well, he asked him, Which is the first commandement of all? Mark 12:29 Iesus answered him, The first of all the commandements is, Heare, Israel, The Lord our God is the onely Lord. Mark 12:30 Thou shalt therefore loue the Lorde thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soule, and with all thy minde, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandement. Mark 12:31 And the second is like, that is, Thou shalt loue thy neighbour as thy selfe. There is none other commandement greater then these. Mark 12:32 Then that Scribe said vnto him, Well, Master, thou hast saide the trueth, that there is one God, and that there is none but he, Mark 12:33 And to loue him with all the heart, and with all the vnderstanding, and with all the soule, and with all the strength, and to loue his neighbour as himselfe, is more then all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. Mark 12:34 Then when Iesus saw that he answered discreetely, he saide vnto him, Thou art not farre from the kingdome of God; no man after that durst aske him any question.
refuseth the opinion that the scribes held of Christ:
Mark 12:35 And Iesus answered & said teaching in the Temple, Howe say the Scribes that Christ is the sonne of Dauid? Mark 12:36 For Dauid himselfe said by ye holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footestoole. Mark 12:37 Then Dauid himselfe calleth him Lord: by what meanes is he then his sonne? And much people heard him gladly.
bidding the people to beware of their ambition and hypocrisy:
Mark 12:38 Moreouer he saide vnto them in his doctrine, Beware of the Scribes which loue to goe in long robes, & loue salutations in the markets, Mark 12:39 And the chiefe seates in the Synagogues, and the first roumes at feastes, Mark 12:40 Which deuoure widowes houses, euen vnder a colour of long prayers. These shall receiue the greater damnation.
and commendeth the poor widow for her two mites, above all.
Mark 12:41 And as Iesus sate ouer against the treasurie, he beheld how the people cast money into the treasurie, and many rich men cast in much. Mark 12:42 And there came a certaine poore widowe, & she threw in two mites, which make a quadrin. Mark 12:43 Then he called vnto him his disciples, and said vnto them, Verely I say vnto you, that this poore widowe hath cast more in, then all they which haue cast into the treasurie. Mark 12:44 For they all did cast in of their superfluitie: but she of her pouertie did cast in all that she had, euen all her liuing.