12Then he began to speak to them in parables. A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
2When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard.
3But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
4And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted.
5Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed.
6He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, They will respect my son.
7But those tenants said to one another, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.
8So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others.
10Have you not read this scripture:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;*
11 this was the Lords doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes?
12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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