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I will not, he answered, but afterwards he repented and went.
Which of the two did the will of his father?” “The last," they say.
“ To tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them : " the tax-collectors and the harlots are going into the Kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of your own religious prejudices and you did not believe him. But the tax-collectors and the harlots believed him. And when you saw it you did not repent afterwards that you might believe him.
Listen to another parable :
He planted a vineyard, set a hedge about it, dug a winepress in it, built a tower, let it out to tenants and went abroad.
But when the time of the fruits came near, he sent' his slaves to the tenants to receive his fruits. And the tenants took his slaves, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Again he sent other slaves more than the first, and they treated them the same way.
At last he sent his son to them, and said :
But when the tenants saw the son they said among themselves :
This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and the inheritance will be ours.
And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
So when the owner of the vineyard comes what will he do to those tenants ?”
“He will miserably destroy them,” they say to him, “and give the vineyard out to other tenants, who will give him the fruits in their season.'
“ Have you never read in the scriptures," Jesus said to them,
“ The stone which the builders rejected,
This was made the head of the corner,
And it was marvellous in our eyes? So I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and will be given to a nation producing its fruits. And he who falls on this stone will be broken. But on whomever it shall fall it will scatter him like dust."
And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they noticed that he was speaking about them. And when they tried to lay hold on him they were afraid of the crowds because they held him to be a prophet.
Jesus answered and again spoke to them in parables :
“The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a king who made a marriage-feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who were invited to the feast, and they did not wish to come.
He again sent out other slaves, and said :
Tell those who are invited, See, my dinner has been made ready. My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and everything is ready. Come to the feast.
But they made light of it and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his slaves, treated them shamefully and killed them.
But the king was angry and sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Then he said to his slaves :
The marriage is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. So go to the corners and as many as you shall find invite to the feast.
Those slaves went out to the roads and gathered all they found, both bad and good, and the wedding room was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to look at the guests he saw there a man who had no wedding garment on. And he said to him :
Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment ?
But he was speechless.
Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outside darkness. There will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For many are invited but few chosen."
Then the Pharisees went and consulted how they might catch him in his talk. And they send their disciples with the Herodians to him :
Master,” they say, we know that you are true and are teaching the way of God truly, and you care for no one, for you do not look at the external appearance of men. So tell us what you think. Is it right to pay tribute to Cæsar or not?"
But Jesus noticed their wickedness, and said:
“Why are you tempting me, you hypocrites ? Show me the tribute money."
They brought him a Roman coin.
“ Then give back what is Cæsar's to Cæsar and what is God's to God."
When they heard this they wondered and left him and went away.
That day the Sadducees came to him, who
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say there is no resurrection, and they asked him : Master, Moses said:
If a man die without children,
His brother shall marry his wife,
And raise up seed to his brother. Now there were seven brothers with us.
The first married and died and, not having seed, left his wife to his brother.
The same died also, and the second and the third to the seventh.
And last of all the woman died.
So in the resurrection whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her.”
6. You err,” Jesus answered them, “because you do not know the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven.
But about the resurrection of the dead have you not read what was spoken to you by God:
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?
He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
The crowds heard and were astonished at his teaching
But when the Pharisees heard that he had