Bible: Lk 20:9-19

The Parable of the Tenants

20:9 Then 1  he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 2  planted a vineyard, 3  leased it to tenant farmers, 4  and went on a journey for a long time. 20:10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 5  to the tenants so that they would give 6  him his portion of the crop. 7  However, the tenants beat his slave 8  and sent him away empty-handed. 20:11 So 9  he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 10  20:12 So 11  he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 20:13 Then 12  the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 13  perhaps they will respect him.’ 20:14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 20:15 So 14  they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 15  him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 20:16 He will come and destroy 16  those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 17  When the people 18  heard this, they said, “May this never happen! 19  20:17 But Jesus 20  looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone? 21  20:18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 22  and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 23  20:19 Then 24  the experts in the law 25  and the chief priests wanted to arrest 26  him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 27  they were afraid of the people.

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