12 And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and put a[a]wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press and built a tower, and rented it out to [b]vine-growers and went on a journey.2 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers.3 They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.4 Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully.5 And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others.6 He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’7 But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’8 They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.9 What will the [c]owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.10 Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief cornerstone; 11 This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the [d]people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them. And sothey left Him and went away.
9 And He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to [a]vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.10 At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.11 And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.12 And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.13 The [b]owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’14 But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the [c]owner of the vineyard do to them?16 He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.” When they heard it, they said, “May it never be!”17 But [d]Jesus looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:
‘The stone which the builders rejected, This becamethe chief cornerstone’?
18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
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19 The scribes and the chief priests tried to lay hands on Him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that He spoke this parable against them.
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