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Luke chapter 19

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He entered Jericho and was passing through.
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There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
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He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man.
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So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus, since He was about to pass that way.
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When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, because today I must stay at your house."
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So he quickly came down and welcomed Him joyfully.
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All who saw it began to complain, "He's gone to lodge with a sinful man!"
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But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, I'll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord! And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I'll pay back four times as much!"
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"Today salvation has come to this house," Jesus told him, "because he too is a son of Abraham.
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For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."
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As they were listening to this, He went on to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem, and they thought the kingdom of God was going to appear right away.
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Therefore He said: "A nobleman traveled to a far country to receive for himself authority to be king and then return.
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He called 10 of his slaves, gave them 10 minas, and told them, 'Engage in business until I come back.'
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"But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to rule over us!'
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"At his return, having received the authority to be king, he summoned those slaves he had given the money to so he could find out how much they had made in business.
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The first came forward and said, 'Master, your mina has earned 10 more minas.'
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" 'Well done, good slave!' he told him. 'Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, have authority over 10 towns.'
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"The second came and said, 'Master, your mina has made five minas.'
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"So he said to him, 'You will be over five towns.'
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"And another came and said, 'Master, here is your mina. I have kept it hidden away in a cloth
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because I was afraid of you, for you're a tough man: you collect what you didn't deposit and reap what you didn't sow.'
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"He told him, 'I will judge you by what you have said, you evil slave! [If] you knew I was a tough man, collecting what I didn't deposit and reaping what I didn't sow,
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why didn't you put my money in the bank? And when I returned, I would have collected it with interest!'
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So he said to those standing there, 'Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has 10 minas.'
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"But they said to him, 'Master, he has 10 minas.'
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" 'I tell you, that to everyone who has, more will be given; and from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.
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But bring here these enemies of mine, who did not want me to rule over them, and slaughter them in my presence.'"
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When He had said these things, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
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As He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples
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and said, "Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here.
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If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say this: 'The Lord needs it.'"
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So those who were sent left and found it just as He had told them.
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As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the donkey?"
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"The Lord needs it," they said.
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Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their robes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it.
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As He was going along, they were spreading their robes on the road.
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Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:
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Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!
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Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, "Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."
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He answered, "I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!"
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As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it,
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saying, "If you knew this day what [would bring] peace-- but now it is hidden from your eyes.
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For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side.
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They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
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He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those who were selling,
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and He said, "It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!"
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Every day He was teaching in the temple complex. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to destroy Him,
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but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people were captivated by what they heard.

Luke chapter 20

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One day as He was teaching the people in the temple complex and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came up
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and said to Him: "Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Who is it who gave You this authority?"
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He answered them, "I will also ask you a question. Tell Me,
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was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"
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They discussed it among themselves: "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why didn't you believe him?'
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But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet."
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So they answered that they did not know its origin.
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And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
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Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time.
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At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
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He sent yet another slave, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
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And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out.
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"Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.'
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"But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, 'This is the heir. Let's kill him, so the inheritance will be ours!'
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So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. "Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
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He will come and destroy those farmers and give the vineyard to others." But when they heard this they said, "No-- never!"
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But He looked at them and said, "Then what is the meaning of this Scripture: The stone that the builders rejected-- this has become the cornerstone?
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Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and if it falls on anyone, it will grind him to powder!"
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Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on Him that very hour, because they knew He had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
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They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so they could catch Him in what He said, to hand Him over to the governor's rule and authority.
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They questioned Him, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You don't show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God.
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Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
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But detecting their craftiness, He said to them,
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"Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?" "Caesar's," they said.
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"Well then," He told them, "give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
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They were not able to catch Him in what He said in public, and being amazed at His answer, they became silent.
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Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up and questioned Him:
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"Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother has a wife, and dies childless, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother.
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Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and died without children.
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Also the second
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and the third took her. In the same way, all seven died and left no children.
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Finally, the woman died too.
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Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her."
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Jesus told them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.
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But those who are counted worthy to take part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
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For they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are sons of God, since they are sons of the resurrection.
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Moses even indicated [in the passage] about the burning bush that the dead are raised, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
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He is not God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to Him."
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Some of the scribes answered, "Teacher, You have spoken well."
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And they no longer dared to ask Him anything.
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Then He said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is the Son of David?
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For David himself says in the Book of Psalms: The Lord declared to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand
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until I make Your enemies Your footstool.'
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David calls Him 'Lord'; how then can the Messiah be his Son?"
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While all the people were listening, He said to His disciples,
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"Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets.
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They devour widows' houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive greater punishment."

Luke chapter 21

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He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury.
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He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins.
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"I tell you the truth," He said. "This poor widow has put in more than all of them.
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For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."
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As some were talking about the temple complex, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, He said,
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"These things that you see-- the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down!"
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"Teacher," they asked Him, "so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?"
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Then He said, "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is near.' Don't follow them.
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When you hear of wars and rebellions, don't be alarmed. Indeed, these things must take place first, but the end won't come right away."
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Then He told them: "Nation will be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
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There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven.
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But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name.
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It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness.
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Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time,
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for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
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You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you.
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You will be hated by everyone because of My name,
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but not a hair of your head will be lost.
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By your endurance gain your lives.
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"When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that its desolation has come near.
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Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! Those inside the city must leave it, and those who are in the country must not enter it,
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because these are days of vengeance to fulfill all the things that are written.
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Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.
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They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
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"Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves.
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People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the celestial powers will be shaken.
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Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
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But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!"
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Then He told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.
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As soon as they put out [leaves] you can see for yourselves and recognize that summer is already near.
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In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.
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I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all things take place.
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Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
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"Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly
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like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth.
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But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man."
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During the day, He was teaching in the temple complex, but in the evening He would go out and spend the night on what is called the Mount of Olives.
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Then all the people would come early in the morning to hear Him in the temple complex.