gMatt. 5:12; 22:6; 23:34, 37; [2 Chr. 24:19; 36:15, 16; Neh. 9:26; Jer. 37:15; 38:6; Acts 7:52; 2 Cor. 11:24-26; 1 Thess. 2:15; Heb. 11:36, 37]
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants9 aAnd he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted ba vineyard and clet it out to tenants and dwent into another country for a long while. 10When the time came, he sent a servant ▼
▼Greek bondservant; also verse 11to the tenants, so that fthey would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. gBut the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 hAnd ihe sent another servant. But they also beat and jtreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 kAnd he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my lbeloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves m‘This is the heir. nLet us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15And they othrew him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 pHe will qcome and destroy those tenants and rgive the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17But he slooked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: t“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone’? ▼
▼Greek the head of the corner
18 vEveryone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls won anyone, it will crush him.”
Paying Taxes to Caesar19 xThe scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people.
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