Whiston(i) 1 But it came to pass, that on one of the days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him, with the elders, 2 And said unto him, Tell us, By what authority dost thou these things? and who is he that gave thee this authority? 3 And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; in which Answer me: 4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? 5 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not? 6 And if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us; for they be perswaded that John has been a prophet. 7 And they answered, that they could not tell whence. 8 And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. 9 And he said, A man planted a vineyard, and let it to husbandmen: But he himself went into a far country for a long time. 10 Now at the season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but they beat him, and sent [him] away empty. 11 And He sent another servant; and they beat him also, and treated [him] shamefully, and sent [him] away empty. 12 And He sent a third; They wounded him also, and cast [him] out. 13 But the Lord of the vineyard, said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him. 14 But when they saw him, they reasoned one with another, saying, This is the heir: come let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed [him]. What therefore shall the Lord of the vineyard do? 16 He shall come and destroy the husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. But when they heard it, they said, may it not be so. 17 And he looked upon 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? 18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him. 19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; But they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. 20 And going away they sent forth spies, which should feign themselves to be just men, that they might take hold of his words that so they might deliver him unto the governor. 21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayst and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of anyone; but teachest the way of God in truth. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Cesar, or no? 23 But he perceived their wickedness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24 Shew me a piece of money: Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Cesars. 25 And he said unto them, Render unto Cesar the things which be Cesars, and unto God the things which be Gods. 26 But they could not take hold of his word before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. 27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees who say there is no resurrection, and asked him, 28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any mans brother die without children, having a wife, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 29 There were seven brethren with us: and the first took a wife, and died without a child left. 30 And the second; 31 And the third; and in like manner the seven. And they left no child, and died. 32 At last the woman also died. 33 Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife of them shall she be? for seven had her to wife. 34 And He said unto them, The children of this world are begotten and beget, marry and are given in marriage: 35 But they who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage. 36 Neither shall they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels with God, being the children of the resurrection. 37 Now that the dead are raised, Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. 39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said. 40 And after that, they durst not ask him any question at all. 41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ [is] the son of David? 42 And David himself saith in the book of psalms, The Lord saith unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 43 Till I put thine enemies beneath thy feet, 44 David calleth him Lord, how is he his son? 45 And in the audience of all the peoples he said unto the disciples, 46 Beware 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 seats at feasts; 47 Devouring widows houses, for a shew making long prayers: the same shall receive greater judgement.