Bible: Matthew 21:33-44

The Parable of the Tenants

21:33Listen to another parable: There was a landowner 1  who planted a vineyard. 2  He put a fence around it, dug a pit for its winepress, and built a watchtower. Then 3  he leased it to tenant farmers 4  and went on a journey. 21:34 When the harvest time was near, he sent his slaves 5  to the tenants to collect his portion of the crop. 6  21:35 But the tenants seized his slaves, beat one, 7  killed another, and stoned another. 21:36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first, and they treated them the same way. 21:37 Finally he sent his son to them, 8  saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 21:38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and get his inheritance!’ 21:39 So 9  they seized him, 10  threw him out of the vineyard, 11  and killed him. 21:40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 21:41 They said to him, “He will utterly destroy those evil men! Then he will lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his portion at the harvest.”

21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 12 

This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 13 

21:43 For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people 14  who will produce its fruit. 21:44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 15 

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