Bible: Luke 20:9-18

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 

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