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 man planted a vyneyarde, and compassed it aboute wt an hedge, and ordeined a wyne presse, and bylt a toure, and let it out to hyre vnto husbandmen, and went into a straunge countre. Mark 12:2 And when the tyme was come, he sent to the husbandmen a seruaunt, that he myght receaue of the husbandmen of the frute of the vyneyarde. Mark 12:3 And they caught hym, and bet hym, and sent hym awaye agayne emptye. Mark 12:4 And moreouer, he sent vnto them another seruaunt, and at hym they cast stones and brake hys heed, & sent him awaye agayne all to reuyled. Mark 12:5 And agayne, he sent another, and him they kylled: and many other, beatynge some, and kyllinge some. Mark 12:6 And so whan he had yet but one beloued sonne, he sent him also at the last vnto them, sayinge: they wyll feare my sonne. Mark 12:7 But the husbandmen sayd amongest them selues: this is þe heyre: come let vs kyl him, & the inheritaunce shalbe oures. Mark 12:8 And they toke him & kylled him, & cast hym out of the vyneyard. Mark 12:9 What shall therfore the Lorde of the vyneyarde do? He shall come, ad destroye the husbandmen, & let out the vyneyarde vnto other. Mark 12:10 Haue ye not red this scrypture? The stone whych þe buylders dyd refuse, is become þe chefe stoone of the corner? Mark 12:11 this is the Lordes doynge, & it is meruelous in oure eyes. Mark 12:12 They went about also to take him, & feared the people. For they knewe, þt he had spoken the parable agaynst them. And they left hym and went theyr waye:
He avoideth the snare of the Pharisees and Herodians about paying tribute to Caesar:
Mark 12:13 And they sent vnto hym certayne of the Pharises & Herodes seruauntes, to take him in his wordes. Mark 12:14 And assone as they were come, they sayd vnto him: Master, we knowe that thou arte true, & carest for no man: for thou consyderest not þe outward appearaunce of men, but teachest þe waye of God truly: Is it laufull to paye tribute to Cesar, or not? Mark 12:15 Ought we to geue, or ought we not to geue? But he vnderstode theyr symulacyon, and sayd vnto them: Why tempte ye me? Bringe me a peny, þt I maye se it. Mark 12:16 And they brought it. And he sayeth vnto them: Whose is thys ymage & superscripcyon? And they sayde vnto hym: Cesars. Mark 12:17 And Iesus answered, and sayde vnto them: Geue to Cesar the thinges that belonge to Cesar: and to God, the thynges whych perteyne to God. And they meruelled at hym.
convinceth the error of the Sadducees, who denied the resurrection:
Mark 12:18 There came also vnto hym the Saduces, whych saye þt ther is no resurreccyon. And they asked hym sayinge: Mark 12:19 Master Moses wrote vnto vs, yf eny mans brother dye, and leaue hys wyfe behynde hym, and leaue no chyldren: that hys brother shuld take hys wyfe, and reyse vp seed vnto hys brother. Mark 12:20 There were seuen brethren, and the fyrst toke a wyfe: and when he dyed, left no seed behynde hym. Mark 12:21 And the seconde toke hyr, and dyed: nether left he any seed. And the thyrde lykewyse. Mark 12:22 And seuen had her, and left no seed behynde them. Last of all the wyfe dyed also. Mark 12:23 In the resurreccyon therfore when they shall ryse agayne: whose wyfe shall she be of them? For seuen had her to wyfe. Mark 12:24 And Iesus answered, and sayd vnto them: Do ye not therfore erre, because ye vnderstande not the scriptures, nether the power of God? Mark 12:25 For when they shall ryse agayne from deeth, they nether mary, nor are maryed: but are as the angels, whych are in heauen. Mark 12:26 As touching the deed, þt they ryse agayne: haue ye not redde in the boke of Moses, how in þe bushe, God spake vnto hym, sayinge: I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob? Mark 12:27 He is no God of deed, but þe God of lyuynge. Ye are therfore greatly deceaued.
resolveth the scribe, who questioned of the first commandment:
Mark 12:28 And whan ther came one of the Scrybes, and had hearde them disputynge to gether (and perceaued that he had answered them well) he asked hym: whych is the fyrst of all the commaundementes? Mark 12:29 Iesus answered him, the fyrste of all the commaundementes is: Heare O Israell: The Lorde oure God, is Lord onely: Mark 12:30 And thou shalt loue the Lorde thy God with all thy hert, & wyth all thy soule, and wyth all thy mynde, and with all thy strength. This is the fyrste commaundment. Mark 12:31 And the seconde is lyke vnto thys: Thou shalt loue thy neyghbour as thy selfe. Ther is none other commaundment greater then these. Mark 12:32 And the Scrybe sayde vnto him: well master, thou hast sayd the truthe, for ther is one God, & ther is none but he. Mark 12:33 And to loue hym wyth all the herte, and wyth all the mynde, & wyth all the soule, & wyth all the strength: and to loue a mans neyghbour as hym selfe, is a greater thynge, then all burt offerynges and sacrifyces. Mark 12:34 And when Iesus sawe þt he answered discretly, he sayde vnto hym: Thou art not farre from the kyngdome of God. And no man after that, durst aske hym any questyon.
refuseth the opinion that the scribes held of Christ:
Mark 12:35 And Iesus answered & sayde, teachinge in the temple: how saye the Scrybes þt Chryst is the sonne of Dauid? Mark 12:36 for Dauid him selfe inspired wt þe holy goost, sayd: The Lorde sayde to my Lorde, syt on my ryght hande tyll I make thyne enemyes thy fote stole. Mark 12:37 Dauid him selfe calleth him Lord: & how is he then hys sonne? And moche people hearde him gladly:
bidding the people to beware of their ambition and hypocrisy:
Mark 12:38 And he sayde vnto them in his doctrine: beware of the Scribes, which loue to go in longe clothynge: & loue salutacions in the market places, Mark 12:39 and the chefe seates in the congregacyons, and the vppermost roumes at feastes: Mark 12:40 whych deuoure wydowes houses, and vnder a pretence, make longe prayers. These shall receaue greater dampnacyon.
and commendeth the poor widow for her two mites, above all.
Mark 12:41 And whan Iesus sat ouer agaynst the treasury, he behelde, how the people put money into the treasury. And many that were ryche, cast in moch. Mark 12:42 And ther cam a certayne poore wydowe, and she threwe in two mytes, whych make a farthynge. Mark 12:43 And he called vnto him hys discyples & sayeth vnto them. Uerely I saye vnto you, that thys poore wydowe hath cast moare in, then all they which haue cast into the treasury. Mark 12:44 For they all dyd cast in of their superfluyte: but she of her pouerte, dyd cast in all that she had, euen all her lyuynge.