Mark 12:1-12

The Parable of the Tenants

1 aAnd he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted ba vineyard cand put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and dleased it to tenants and ewent into another country. 2When the season came, he sent a servant
Greek bondservant; also verse 4
to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 gAnd they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 hAgain ihe sent to them another servant, and jthey struck him on the head and ktreated him shamefully. 5 lAnd he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6He had still one other, ma beloved son. nFinally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7But those tenants said to one another oThis is the heir. Come plet us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8And they took him and killed him and qthrew him out of the vineyard. 9What will the owner of the vineyard do? rHe will scome and destroy the tenants and tgive the vineyard to others. 10 uHave you not read vthis Scripture:

w“‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
Greek  the head of the corner

11this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”

12And ythey were seeking to arrest him zbut feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they aaleft him and went away.

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