Yokhanan Markos 12 – יוחנן מרקוס יב

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1And He began to speak to them in mishlim. “A man planted a vineyard and fenced it all around, and he dug in it a wine press, and built a tower in it, and then he leased it to laborers and went on a journey.  2And in due season he sent his servant to the laborers to receive some of the fruits of the vineyard.  3But they beat him and sent him away empty.   4And again when he sent to them another servant, they stoned him also and wounded him and sent him away in disgrace.  5And again he sent another, but they killed him; and he sent many other servants, some of them they beat and some they killed.  6But finally, he had a very beloved son, and he sent him to them last of all, for he said, ‘They might feel ashamed before my son.’  7But the laborers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’  8And they took and killed him, and threw him outside of the vineyard.  9What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those laborers, and give the vineyard to others.  10Have you not read this scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same became the cornerstone?  11This was from  יהוה , and it is a wonder in our eyes’.”  12They wanted to seize Him, but they were afraid of the people; for they knew that He spoke this mashal against them; and they left Him and went away.  

13And they sent to Him some men of the Sofrim and of the Herodians, that they might trap Him in speech.  14They came and asked Him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and you do not favor any man; for you are impartial, and you teach the way of Elohim in truth. Does Torah permit to give head tax to Caesar or not?  15Shall we give or shall we not give?” But He knew their scheme, and said to them, “Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it.”  16And they brought it to Him. He said to them, “Whose is this image and inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s.”  17Yeshua said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to Elohim what is Elohim’s.” And they were amazed at Him.

18Then the Tzedokim came to Him, those who say there is no resurrection; and they asked Him, saying, 19“Teacher, Moshe wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.  20Now there were seven brothers; the first one took a wife and died, and left no offspring.  21Then the second married her, and he died; he also left no offspring; and likewise the third one.  22So all seven of them married her, and left no offspring. And after them all, the woman also died.  23Therefore at the resurrection, whose wife will she be? For all seven had married her.”  24Yeshua said to them, “Is it not that you err because you do not understand the scriptures nor the power of Elohim?  25For when they rise from the dead, men neither marry women, nor are women given in marriage to men; but they are like the Malakhim in heaven.  26Now concerning the rising of the dead, have you not read in the book of Moshe, how Elohim said to him from the bush, ‘I am the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitz’khak, and the Elohim of Ya’akov?’  27And yet He is not the Elohim of the dead, but of the living. You therefore greatly err.”

28And one of the Sofrim came near and heard them debating, and he saw that He gave them a good answer. So he asked Him, “Which is the first mitzvah of all?”  29Yeshua said to him, “The first of all the mitzvot is, 

Shema, Yisra’el,  יהוה  Eloheinu,  יהוה  Ekhad! [Hear O Yisra’el,  יהוה  is our Elohim,  יהוה  is One].  30And you must love  יהוה  your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your might;’ this is the first mitzvah.  31And the second is like unto it, ‘You must love your neighbor as your own nefesh.’  There is no other mitzvah greater than these two.”  

32The Sofer said to Him, “Well said, Rabbi, you have said the truth, that He is One, and there is no other besides Him; 33and that a man should love Him with all the heart and with all the mind and with all the soul and with all the might, and love his neighbor as his own nefesh; this is far more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”  34When Yeshua saw that he replied wisely, He answered, saying to him, “You are not far from Malkhut HaElohim.” And no man dared again to question Him.

35And Yeshua answered, saying as He taught in the Heikhal, “How do the Sofrim say that Mashi’akh is Ben David?  36For David himself said through The Ru’akh HaKodesh, ‘ יהוה said to My Adon, ‘Sit on my right hand until I put your enemies as a stool under your feet’.’  37Now therefore David himself calls him My Adon, and how can He be his son?” And all the people heard Him with pleasure.  38And in His teaching He said to them, “Beware of the Sofrim, who like to walk in long robes, and love to be saluted in the streets, 39and to take the front seats in the Beit K’nesset, and the head places at banquets; 40those who embezzle the property of widows, under pretense of making long prayers. They shall receive greater judgment.”

41And when Yeshua sat in front of the treasury, He watched how the people cast their alms into the treasury; and many rich men were casting in a great deal.  42And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two coins, which are a few denarii.  43And Yeshua called His Talmidim and said to them, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has cast into the treasury more than all the men who are casting; 44for all of them cast in of their abundance; but she of her poverty cast everything she had, even all of her possessions.”

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