Bible: Mk 12:1-9

The Parable of the Tenants

12:1 Then 1  he began to speak to them in parables: “A man 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. 12:2 At harvest time he sent a slave 5  to the tenants to collect from them 6  his portion of the crop. 7  12:3 But 8  those tenants 9  seized his slave, 10  beat him, 11  and sent him away empty-handed. 12  12:4 So 13  he sent another slave to them again. This one they struck on the head and treated outrageously. 12:5 He sent another, and that one they killed. This happened to many others, some of whom were beaten, others killed. 12:6 He had one left, his one dear son. 14  Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 12:7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and the inheritance will be ours!’ 12:8 So 15  they seized him, 16  killed him, and threw his body 17  out of the vineyard. 18  12:9 What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy 19  those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 20 

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