34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. After that no one dared to ask him any question.
35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, How can the scribes say that the Messiah* is the son of David?
36David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,
The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.
37David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son? And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
38 As he taught, he said, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! 40They devour widows houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.
41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.
43Then he called his disciples and said to them, Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.
44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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