Christ avoucheth his authority by a question of John's baptism.
Luke 20:1 And it fortuned in one of those dayes as he taught þe people in the temple, & preached þe gospel: þe hye priestes & the scribes came with the elders, Luke 20:2 and spake vnto hym saiyng: Tell vs by what authoritie thou doest these thynges? Eyther who is he that gaue the this authoritie? Luke 20:3 He aunswered & said vnto them: I also will axe you a question: and aunswere me. Luke 20:4 The baptysine of Iohn, was it from heauen or of men? Luke 20:5 And they thought wtin them selues, saiyng: yf we shal say, from heauen, he wil say: why then beleued ye him not? Luke 20:6 But and yf we shall saye of men, all the people wyll stone vs. For they be perswaded þt Iohn is a Prophet. Luke 20:7 And they aunswered that they coulde not tell whence it was. Luke 20:8 And Iesus sayde to them: neyther tell I you by what authorite I do these thinges.
The parable of the vineyard.
Luke 20:9 Then beganne he to put forthe to the people, thys similitude. A certayne man planted a vineyarde, and let it forthe to fermers, and went hym selfe into a straunge countre for a greate season. Luke 20:10 And when the tyme was come, he sente a seruaunt to hys tenauntes that they shoulde geue hym of the fruytes of the vyneyarde. And the tenauntes dyd beate hym, & sent him awaye empty. Luke 20:11 And agayne he sent yet another seruaunt. And they dyd beate him, & foule entreated hym also, & sent hym awaye emptye. Luke 20:12 Moreouer, he sent the third to, & hym they wounded, and cast out. Luke 20:13 Then sayde the Lorde of the vineyarde: what shall I do? I wil sende my deare sonne, hym peraduenture they wyll reuerence, when they se hym. Luke 20:14 But when the fermers sawe hym, they thoughte in them selues sayinge: thys is the hyre, come let vs kyl him, that the inheritaunce maye be oures. Luke 20:15 And they cast hym out of the vineyarde, & kylled him. Now what shall the Lorde of the vyneyarde do vnto them? Luke 20:16 He wyll come and destroye those fermers, and wyl let out his vineyarde to other: When they heard that, they sayde: God forbyd. Luke 20:17 And he behelde them, and sayde: what meaneth this then that is wryten. The stone that the buylders refused, the same is made þe head corner stone? Luke 20:18 Whosoeuer stomble at that stone shalbe broken: but on whomesoeuer it fal vpon it wyll grynde hym to powder.
Of giving tribute to Caesar.
Luke 20:19 And the hye priestes and the scrybes the same houre wente aboute to laye handes on him, but they feared the people. For they perceiued that he had spoken thys similitude against them. Luke 20:20 And they watched hym, and sent forthe spyes whiche shoulde fayne them selues perfect, to take him in his wordes, and to delyuer him vnto the power and authoritie of the debitie. Luke 20:21 And they axed him, saiynge: Mayster, we knowe that thou sayest and teachest right, neyther consyderest thou any mans degree, but teachest the waye of God truely. Luke 20:22 Is it laufull for vs to geue Cesar tribute or no? Luke 20:23 He perceyued theyr craftynes, and sayde vnto them. Why tempt ye me? Luke 20:24 shewe me a peny. Whose ymage and superscription hath it? They aunswered and sayde: Cesars. Luke 20:25 And he sayed vnto them: Geue then vnto Cesar, that which belongeth vnto Cesar: and to God þt which partayneth to God. Luke 20:26 And they coulde not reproue his saiynge before the people. But they maruayled at hys aunswere, and helde theyr peace.
He convinceth the Sadducees that denied the resurrection.
Luke 20:27 Then came to him certaine of the Saduces which denye that there is anye resurreccyon. And they axed him, Luke 20:28 saiynge: Maister, Moyses wrote vnto vs, yf anye mans brother dye hauyng a wyfe, and the same dye without yssue þt then his brother shoulde take his wyfe, and rayse vp seede vnto hys brother. Luke 20:29 There were .vij. brethren, and the fyrst toke a wyfe, & dyed without chyldren. Luke 20:30 And the seconde toke the wyfe, and he dyed childlesse: Luke 20:31 And the third toke her, and in likewyse the residue of þe seuen. and left no chyldren behynde them, and died. Luke 20:32 Laste of all the woman dyed also. Luke 20:33 Nowe at þe resurreccyon whose wife of them shal she be? For seuen had her to wyfe. Luke 20:34 Iesus aunswered, & sayde vnto them. The chyldren of this world mary wyues, & are maryed. Luke 20:35 But they which shalbe made worthy to enioye that worlde and the resurreccyon from death, neyther marye wyues, neyther are maryed, Luke 20:36 nor yet can dye anye more. For they are equal vnto the angels, & are the sonnes of god in as muche as they are the chyldren of the resurreccion. Luke 20:37 And that the dead shal ryse agayne euen. Moises signifyed besides the bushe, when he sayed: The Lord God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Iacob. Luke 20:38 For he is not the God of the dead, but of them which lyue. For al lyue in him.
Luke 20:39 Then certayne of the Pharises aunswered and sayd: Mayster thou haste wel sayde. Luke 20:40 And after that durst they not axe him any question at all.
How Christ is the son of David.
Luke 20:41 Then sayde he vnto them: how saye they, that Christe is Dauides sonne? Luke 20:42 And Dauid hym selfe sayth in the boke of the Psalmes. The Lorde sayde vnto my Lorde, sitte on my ryghte hande, Luke 20:43 tyll I make thyne enemyes thy fote stole. Luke 20:44 Seynge Dauid called hym Lorde: howe is he then hys sonne?
He warneth his disciples to beware of the scribes.
Luke 20:45 Then in the audience of all the people, he sayed vnto hys disciples, Luke 20:46 beware of the Scribes, whiche desyre to go in longe clothyng, & loue gretinges in the markettes, and the hyest seates in the synagoges, & chiefe roumes at feastes, Luke 20:47 whiche deuoure wydowes houses, & that vnder a coloure of long praying: the same shall receyue greater damnacion.